Monday, December 5, 2011

The Christmas Market was in town this Saturday, with a display of vintage tractors able to vie with the American Gothic.





St. Nicolas Swiss-style. With a posse of goats or donkeys pulling Santa's cart, he hands out bags of oranges, peanuts and chocolate to the children, traditionally accompanied by the Whipping Father, who gratefully was nowhere nearby.



Esther's Sunday Tresse for sale. These were the last remaining and it was only ten o'clock in the morning!



Inside the ancient wooden structure tiny stars fell from the ceiling, illuminating a roomful of townspeople gathered to celebrate the start of the season. It was all warmth and quirkiness; a fabric so oddly diverse it could only be qualified as enchanting.



Mistletoe for lovers, only I didn't buy any this year having decided last December that the Russian and I ought to have ours all year long; and still it hangs over the bedroom door. ♥

13 comments:

demie said...

i love christmas markets... and markets in general!
this one looks lovely : )

Ola said...

This is a Christmas atmosphere:) Is it already snowing?

MarmePurl said...

This is just the way my MIL describs St Nicholas Day in her German home town. How wonderful to see it put to pictures.
Mistletoe that hangs all year. Perfect.

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

What a fantastic way to welcome the Christmas season in. I haven't bought mistletoe in a long time. I'll have to buy a sprig next time I go to the garden center.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Love seeing your various traditions and sites of the holiday, Allison. :)

Changes in the wind said...

I would have loved to go to that Christmas market and your Santa was the best!

TexWisGirl said...

love the vintage tractors and the st. nick tradition! smooch that russian!

Meg said...

Oooo can I come visit you and your Christmas market? It all looks just perfect!

Pam said...

Your delightful Christmas market makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside, wish I were there.
Love the mistletoe hanging over the the bedroom door, Alli.. smooch smooch :)

hugs, Pam i am

Randy said...

That bread and honey looks quite tempting.

Neesie Natters said...

Hi from Melbourne,
I've just found your blog and thought it delightful so I'll be reading back through your posts. I'm now a follower.

I love to visit Markets and to have a special Christmas one would be perfect to get you in the mood.

I'm a Brit trying to get to grips with an Aussie Christmas.
I've heard the prediction that it could be 32 degree's celsius on Christmas Day, so we'll be eating Al Fresco! ;D

Dawn said...

Oh my goodness. I still can't get past the picture of the goats pulling Santa:) What fun!

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

A lovely day at the market, Allison, courtesy of your post. We hav nothing to compare here, sadly.