Getting into the holiday spirit in Berlin

Berlin, Germany ChristmasThose who know me or who follow my blog know what a hopeless Italophile I am, with a ridiculous soft spot for my ‘hometown’: Rome.

BUT, there’s one time of year when Rome disappoints me, and that’s the Christmas season.

It’s not that there aren’t beautiful Nativity scenes in the churches  – the traditional Christmas decoration here rather than the more recent import (from northern Europe) of the Christmas tree.

Berlin, Germany ChristmasIt isn’t that I don’t appreciate the generally mild weather in those days and the excellent theatre, opera and exhibitions that usually accompany the season.

But the decorations and lights on the street never feel like New York or London or Vienna.

Berlin, Germany ChristmasThat’s one reason I was happy to take a trip to Berlin earlier this month to enjoy all the spectacular Christmas decorations.

I’ve already written about all the great Berlin Christmas markets that helped get me in the proper holiday mood.

In Berlin, the days were short, cold and dark, but the Christmas lights were bright and cheery.

Berlin, Germany ChristmasI think those shorter, darker days make the cheery Christmas decorations even more important. We certainly enjoyed our wanderings out through the streets of Berlin more with these festive holiday reminders at every corner.

And I loved our late-night peek into one of the few Friedrichstrasse art deco passages to have survived intact, all spruced up for the holidays. It was truly picture-perfect with its Christmas trees with shimmering white lights… and made me think I’d wandered back to sophisticated Berlin at the turn of the last century.

All in all, a very nice weekend that nudged me into the Christmas spirit. If you’re passing through Berlin around the holidays, enjoy all those beautiful holiday lights brightening up those dark, northern European nights!

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  1. kimberlysullivan on December 20, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    I had previously scheduled this post for today, and I was especially shocked to see the news last night of the attack in the heart of Berlin at one of these beautiful, traditional Christmas markets that gather together young and old, Germans and foreigners. My heart aches today for beautiful Berlin.

    • evelyneholingue on December 20, 2016 at 5:05 pm

      Your thoughts echo mine, Kimberly. And I’m thinking of the fate of the European Christmas markets that can sadly see an end after this tragic event.
      Your post remains beautiful and I wish everyone reading it a peaceful and meaningful holiday season.

      • kimberlysullivan on December 21, 2016 at 9:23 am

        I know, Evelyne. It’s heartbreaking seeing those Berlin Christmas markets with the armed military carrying weapons now, but if that’s what it takes for traditions to continue, so be it. Every day I walk past the Colosseo and the heavily armed soldiers who guard it. I’ll go to Christmas midnight mass in Rome and have to pass through armed military and metal detectors to get into the cathedral to pray. It makes me sad, but it would be worse to not defend traditions and cultures from the few set on destroying them, Sadly, it’s the new European normal.

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