Short Guide Christmas Market
It´s the same word in English and refers to the Turmglockenspiel in the tower of the Market Church. Enjoy listening to German Christmas Carols each day at 9am, 12pm, 3pm and 5pm. The carillon was constructed 30 years ago (1986) and is one of a kind in Wiesbaden! If you need to burn off some calories from the gingerbread (see "Lebkuchen”), you can join the carillonneur on his way up to the bell tower – 285 steps (one way).
The church provides a place for quiet reflection and prayer, as well as offering many worship services, reflective walking tours and concerts.
The German equivalent of Santa Claus arrives early, December 6th, and is something of a harbinger of Christmas joy. The wonderful part of this tradition is that the Christ Child doesn´t need to compete with St. Nick and his reindeer come Christmas Eve.
For Americans being asked to defend the American "export" of the jolly Coca-Cola Santa Claus to Europe: simply remind your German Gesprächspartne(in) of the fact that the first Santa illustration was created by the artist Thomas Nast, who hailed from Germany.
If you think the Christmas lights are lovely from "below", you should see them from "above", namely from the visitor´s platform of the Market Church overlooking the Christmas Market! On a clear day (which, unfortunately, isn´t often in this part of God's world), one can almost see the skyline of the Big Apple (Manhattan) … or at least the skyline of the Little Apple (Frankfurt) …
Germans think that the so-called "Christmas Pickle” is from the New World, and Americans think it originates from Old Germany. Probably the truth lies somewhere in between. Whatever its origins, this Christmas ornament has grown in popularity over the past few years.
It is said that parents once hid the pickle-shaped ornament among the branches of the Christmas tree. The children had to look for the pickle without touching the tree. The first one to discover the pickle became the first to open his or her Christmas presents. Incidentally, it was Frank Winfield Woolworth who imported the first Christmas ornaments from Germany to the U.S. around 1880. Last but not least, the so-called "Christmas Pickle Capital of the World” is Berrien Springs, Michigan, which celebrates a Christmas Pickle Festival each year at the beginning of December.
"Merry Christmas!", "Frohe Weihnachten!" – or, as folks at the Christmas Market might say in local dialect, "Frohe Weihnachde und e guude Rudsch!"