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Romanian Christmas Traditions

Christmas is a very important day in Romania (my home) and even though a lot of Christian states have similar ways of celebrating, each country has its traditions. Continue reading “Romanian Christmas Traditions”

The Ultimate 2016 Christmas Market Guide (+FREE ebook)

Guys, I am SO excited for Christmas! I can’t even begin to describe how excited I am to  celebrate Christmas with the dear ones, to listen to Carols, eat traditional food, wrap up in a blanket and sip hot chocolate next to the Christmas tree and to check out as many Christmas markets as possible!

I am sure you love Christmas markets at least as much as I do, which is why I decided to launch The Ultimate 2016 Christmas Market Guide. This means that each week I will be posting a special blog post about the best Christmas Markets to visit this year:

14 November: Germany’s Top Christmas Markets

21 November: France’s Top Christmas Markets

28 November: Belgium’s Top Christmas Markets

5 December: Switzerland’s Top Christmas Markets

12 December: England’s Top Christmas Markets (+exclusive live streaming for Holiday on my Mind subscribers, from the Canterbury, London and Birmingham Christmas markets)

19: December: Austria’s Top Christmas Markets

On the 1st of December, Holiday on my Mind subscribers will receive a free copy of the ebook: The Ultimate 2016 Christmas Market Guide (you need to be a subscriber by the end of November) which can also be purchase for £15 by non subscribers but why not get it for free?! (subscribe here – to complete the subscription process you need to click the confirm subscription button in your inbox). 

Cover photo credit: Jennicatpin/Flickr/Creative Commons (licence here).

Austria’s Top Christmas Markets

Christmas markets are an old tradition in Austria. They can be traced back to the Middle Ages. In 1298 Albrecht I  allowed the citizens of Vienna to hold a Krippenmarkt (December Market). Even if the market has changed over the years, traditions have been adapted to fit modern days but they still occupy a very special place in the heart of every Austrian and not only. Visitors from all over the world come to Austria every year to enjoy the festive season at some of the country’s most magical Christmas Markets.

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Europe’s Best Christmas Markets

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Britain’s Top Christmas Markets

What are the first things that come into your mind when you think about Britain? Big Ban, Buckingham Palace, red buses, rain, British accents, royals, and cute telephone cabins I would guess. Add Christmas markets on the list too, as Britain will surprise you with markets which are held in the most historic and iconic places. Continue reading “Britain’s Top Christmas Markets”

Switzerland’s Top Christmas Markets

While Christmas is becoming more and more commercial in many countries, luckily Switzerland is staying loyal to tradition. Swiss Christmas usually lasts from the beginning of Advent to the end of Epiphany (so from around the end of November until the beginning of January). On the 1st of December children will open the first window of their Advent calendar to find a yummy treat, each week families will light one candle on the Advent wreath until Christmas Day and on Christmas Eve they will ornate the Christmas tree with lit candles, a tradition which dates back to the 16th Century. Let’s see what happens in terms of Christmas markets.

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Belgium’s Top Christmas Markets

Belgians somehow manage to succeed at everything they do and make us jealous of their beers, chocolate, fries and Christmas markets. From the traditional Christmas market of Bruges, to the unique underground Christmas market of les Grottes de Wonck, Belgium doesn’t stop surprising us at how many things she can impress us with. Continue reading “Belgium’s Top Christmas Markets”