A Christmas Outing

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Despite the fact that the snowfall seems to be almost constant in Liverpool, it has not stuck. Sure, patches of grass that don’t get much sunlight still have a spattering of frost, but mostly it’s just been wet and cold. I’m a little disappointed – especially considering the weather is still so bad anyway that I had to miss an appointment this morning. It might as well be snowy. But, nevertheless, I’m enjoying listening to Christmas music and watching it fall.

It’s pretty obvious by now that I love the Christmas season, but it’s not easy. Money is tight and everyone is busy all the time, so it’s hard to actually find the time to squeeze in festive fun. I did manage it this weekend, though. I bought myself a new Christmas jumper (it’s from asda and it has a bell on it) and on Saturday I popped down to Birmingham for the day to meet some friends before Christmas.

Birmingham has been hit badly by the snow, and as we were pulling into the station you could see it getting thicker. Luckily, the city centre itself was free from it and easy to manoeuvre around, and it wasn’t so bad as to affect our trains.

This is the second time that I’ve visited the German market in Birmingham at Christmas. It was far bigger than I remembered. I adore our Christmas markets in Liverpool, but it’s somewhat small. I didn’t know where to put my eyes in Birmingham. The stalls were overflowing with trinkets of metal and wood, candles and lamps, hats and scarves and gloves. The air was full of the smells of hot, delicious food. We treated ourselves to some pretzels (I had a cinnamon and sugar one myself) and wandered around a little in the day time, and then more so at night.

At night, all of the Christmas lights looked amazing. It was absolutely booming with people, but I didn’t mind the crowd so much. I was wrapped up warm and with friends and it was wonderfully festive.

I didn’t manage to take any photos because I wasn’t thinking about getting my phone out, so you’ll just have to trust me when I tell you the market looks beautiful at night.

I know this is a very short post, but I just wanted to take a moment for myself to remember a lovely day. It’s my birthday soon, and it was lovely to actually get to spend time with my friends around it.

Where is your favourite Christmas market? Have you bought anything from a Christmas market this season?

Until next time, happy holidays!

-K

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