Christmas Markets as Place-Makers by @archphips

It comes as a surprise, then, that the European tradition of Christmas markets has not caught on in the US in the same way, even if there is a recent wave of German "Christkindlemarkets " listed on christmasmarkets.com which appear to be a concerted commercial effort of creating those markets "in vitro". By contrast, especially German Christmas markets have a very long tradition (supposedly back to the mid 1400s) and have developed in a variety of ways across Europe. The Nuremburg market has been a major tourist attraction for decades for which Americans fly across the Atlantic to see it. I recall that my small hometown of Heidenheim had a Weihnachtsmarkt which in the sixties was a one day affair of lights and festivity that has since given way to a longer and more elaborate installation in the same way as many larger cities have propped up their Christkindles (literally C...

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