Glühwein, Hot Spiced Wine, Mulled Wine

Our first week in Chicago has been filled with Red, Green and Gold holiday cheer. As we gleefully walked from our cozy new apartment a few blocks to finish our yuletide shopping the soft touch of snow hit my nose.

Having just moved from the perpetual sunny and 72 climate we elatedly welcomed the season of winter. My eyes gazed on the snow that fell mirthfully down around me and then as if by merry miracle I heard the humming of a choir noel. As it might have come straight from a movie, there were Christmas Carolers in front of the Sears Department store while caddy corner the embellishment of a dozen or so 15 foot trumpets hung merrily above the West Entrance of Macy’s. This was our very own tale of Miracle on State Street. Watching children blissfully skipping down the street and twirling, tongues out, in the snow while enjoying a Starbucks hot cacao in hand filled my heart with love and enchantment. The buzz of the streets shuffled us down toward the 18th annual Christkindlemarket, a nostalgic Villiage that harkens back to Nuremburg, Germany with candy cane striped rooftop shoppes, and goodies galore. The Grand Angel Christkind, whom is the bearer of Christmas gifts in Germany like our own Santa Claus does in America, had a long line of gleaming kids ready for their picture to be taken. The 57 foot Blue Spruce tree’s 110,000 lights were sparkling exuberantly in the reflection of the oversized ornaments at the Daley Plaza as the 100th annual municipal city Christmas Tree. With mugs of Hot Spiced Wine, the saccharine taste of Irish Cream Almonds, the smell of sizzling Bratwürst and the sounds of a scruffy street musician playing I’ll be home for Christmas on the Jazz Saxophone we felt exultance when grasping the reality that this isn’t a vacation, we are fortuitous in that we call this our Home.

Jacob and Scooby Doo Joey bundled up for the cold.
Christmas horns at Macy’s Department Store Chicago.
Joey and Kate at the west entrance of Macy’s department store Chicago.
Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza Downtown Chicago.
Glühwein at the Christkindlmarket.
Glühwein, hot spiced wine, at the Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza Downtown Chicago.
Christmas village shop at Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza Downtown Chicago.
Beer Stein shop at Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza Downtown Chicago.
Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza Downtown Chicago.
Christmas Music Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza Downtown Chicago.

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