Even though I don't celebrate Christmas, a visit to the Christkindlmarket downtown Chicago is obligatory - mainly because I can find favorite German delicacies there that I remember from my childhood - roasted almonds, for instance! And every year, the appearance of the giant menorah celebrating Chanukah delights me. Only in America will a menorah share prominent space with a Christmas tree.
Last year, I had the most serene visit - the market was nearly empty, probably because it was rather cold and not five yet, i.e. the downtown office workers weren't stopping by yet. This year I went with my daughter, and it was after five, and crowded!
Sipping my customary Glühwein - an item to cross off my winter list!
Did I say crowded?
English buffs will appreciate this sign in the Sweet Castle. My daughter noticed it; I was too busy examing the Lebkuchen tins.