Last weekend has been all about Christmas preparations and getting into the holiday spirit. Together with my parents, I visited two (!) Christmas fairs and spend Sunday morning decorating the tree. Read on for an impression of the cosiness of it all.
“Friese” Farmer’s Market, Christmas Edition
The weekend of Christmas preparations started off with the Christmas edition of a local farmers’ market. From May to October, there is a monthly market of local craftsmen and food producers in Oldeberkoop, Friesland. This weekend, there was an extra edition of the event, completely in Christmas style.
I bought some delicious goat’s cheese from this gorgeous little stall. The owner was very sweet and completely passionate about here cheeses. As she was talking, it became clear she often tried something new and made only one or two cheeses of it, just to see if it would taste good. And well, it certainly did taste good!
My father took with him a couple of goose sausages as well, also quite delicious! He was even so sweet as to give one of them to me to take home. So that I would have something extra special to eat in the week before Christmas. Although I don’t normally take food home with me from my parents, I wouldn’t pass on this one!
The whole event was rather small, but it was well organised and there was a very nice atmosphere. If you would like to find out more about this market, you can visit their website.
Although the farmer’s market had a nice Christmassy air about it, it came nowhere near the complete Christmas feeling at the Dickens Night, that we visited on Saturday evening. Traditionally every year before Christmas, this evening is organised in the city centre of Steenwijk, Overijssel.
The main attraction of the event is the general scenery around town. As the city centre is filled with hundreds of actors dressed up in Victorian style, you will feel like walking around in the world of Charles Dickens and his novel “A Christmas Carol”.
This year was even more enchanting than before. Bonfires were set up everywhere, stalls were selling curious objects and the most amazing costumes could be seen walking around.
While my mum and I were in a shoe shop for a moment, seeking shelter from the cold, suddenly a choir came in and gave a spontaneous little show right there. They were very good too! Things like that really capture the essence of the Dickens Night, the whole city centre being submerged in Victorian style for the evening. A lovely event to look forward to every year!
Decorating the Tree
And then it was Sunday morning already. Saturday had flown by, and now it was time to decorate the tree. With our favourite decorations at the ready and a Christmas CD playing, the simply beautiful Nordmann fir was soon transformed into a sparkling, but classy, eye-catcher.
What a lovely weekend that was! Although I can hardly wait for Christmas to arrive, only having such a cosy feeling hanging in the air is a lovely thing in itself.
Oh, and don’t worry, next time I will be writing about actual nature again. Though I do hope you have enjoyed reading this post as well and will get some inspiration from it.
Are you excited for Christmas already?