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Christmas markets - am I the Grinch?

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MrsCampbellBlack Sat 24-Nov-12 15:15:00

My local town is in the middle of christmas market season - oh so jolly. Or in my opinion a load of overpriced tat blocking the streets.

So am I the grinch or do others loathe them too?

Sparklingbrook Sat 24-Nov-12 15:38:38

Oh yes Lady. Ye olde Christmas Toffee Apple. And perhaps Ye olde Christmas Hot Dog to start. confused

EllenParsons Sat 24-Nov-12 15:41:03

YABU and a bit grinchy! I agree there is a lot of tat on sale there but somehow I still love the atmosphere in these places. Love a bit of gluehwein too. I used to live in Vienna and make my way round loads of different ones every year as they have about a million... I am in london now and haven't even seen any yet though!

LadyMaryChristmas Sat 24-Nov-12 15:41:55

Homemade in China? confused

You can buy a small orange garland for £12 here. hmm I do like them, they are selling the same tat stuff as they did last year though, so I'm very bored now. It's like groundhog Christmas!

Sparklingbrook Sat 24-Nov-12 15:42:17

I would imagine one in Vienna wouldn't have Hot Dogs Ellen and would be lovely. grin What is gluehwein? Would I like it?

TeeHollyandTeeIvy Sat 24-Nov-12 15:43:02

We do not have chocolate dipped strawberries at ours, I'm very disappointed.

We do have a lovely French Patisserie with a lady who says 'Merci Madame!' when I buy my hundreds of chocolate tarts.

FatherHankTree Sat 24-Nov-12 15:43:23

Stop being all grinchy and go to this one Birmingham

chocolateistheenemy Sat 24-Nov-12 15:43:23

DH got a wooden tie from his DPs for Christmas a couple of years ago. And fuck all else
It is as shit as it sounds, and then some.
I love the markets though. I hope to pick up something really special for the ILs grin

Sparklingbrook Sat 24-Nov-12 15:44:01

Crepes. There's always crepes. Is that Christmassy?

TheSkiingGardener Sat 24-Nov-12 15:44:31

I live ours because the Germans come over and bring their beer, sausages, enormous round barbecue (6ft wide) which dangles on a chain and a huge stags head.

The rest of it makes me feel Christmassy, while actually being full of expensive tat, but that's ok as I have no intention of buying anything!

TessCowDirect Sat 24-Nov-12 15:44:44

I do like them but I would like to see proper craft stalls and a farmers market.

The nutella pancakes are not bad though grin

Sparklingbrook Sat 24-Nov-12 15:44:49

Oh no. Birmingham and a Christmas Market both together. sad

EllenParsons Sat 24-Nov-12 15:45:03

Sparkling, they do still have plenty of hot dogs in Vienna, usually greasier than the ones here but they never serve you "tinned" type hot dogs at least. Gluehwein is mulled wine, sorry I don't know why I didn't just write that in the first place!

TheSkiingGardener Sat 24-Nov-12 15:45:25

Oh, and have been to the ones in Bruges and Prague. They are exactly the same.

TessCowDirect Sat 24-Nov-12 15:45:46

Tee I will send you some chocolate covered strawberries grin

Sparklingbrook Sat 24-Nov-12 15:45:52

shock at Hot Dogs in Vienna Ellen.

Flossiechops Sat 24-Nov-12 15:46:12

Yanbu. Birmingham german market was there last week same over priced tat year in year out. Lovely to look at though especially for the kids but there's nothing to buy!

FromEsme Sat 24-Nov-12 15:48:05

All the stuff in them is the same every year and in every town. They are rubbish.

I do like Kartoffelpuffer mit Apfelmus, however. And mulled wine.

But yes, there are about a million in Birmingham and you can't get over the main square any more, so I missed my bus.


TeeHollyandTeeIvy Sat 24-Nov-12 15:48:40

Thanks Tess!

LadyMaryChristmas Sat 24-Nov-12 15:48:58

There's a hanging BBQ here as well, would you believe it? grin The cremated the sausages last week though, and there's nothing German about them.

Sparklingbrook Sat 24-Nov-12 15:52:43

Remember this? Armstrong and Miller's take on Farmer's markets? It's much the same idea. grin

MrsCampbellBlack Sat 24-Nov-12 15:55:06

Loving the idea of a special present for the in-laws smile I like mine though so can't even do that.

Am shocked at many of the stalls all being owned by the same company shock

LadyMaryChristmas Sat 24-Nov-12 15:55:26

I like farmers markets; cheese, fresh meat, bread, cakes. How am I to make this last a month until the next one though? confused I prefer these to the bloody Christmas ones. I do need some warm gloves though...

LadyMaryChristmas Sat 24-Nov-12 15:56:53

They must rake it in, MrsCampbell. Everything's so expensive. £3 for 1 stick of 5 strawberries dipped in chocolate (they saw ds coming and rubbed their hands with glee!) sad

TessCowDirect Sat 24-Nov-12 16:03:55

I've been working opposite the Christmas Markets this week (they didn't look so festive in the rain sad) and I think I spied a christmas tree shaped pile of marshmallows on a stick covered in chocolate.

I don't remember them last year so it would be interesting if we did a little MN survey to see if they appear in other cities - thus proving they are all connected. grin

StateofConfusion Sat 24-Nov-12 16:06:56

I go to our local one every year, third biggest in the uk apparently, moan about the prices, get stressed by the crowds, and wonder why I went. There are some real gems amongst the tat, But I can't bear to miss it <twat> I'm 36wks pregnant and still I've got this maad urge to go tomorrow.

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