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My husband Jim and I spent Christmas in Berlin this year. I love going to Germany and Austria during the Christmas season, because they embrace Christmas so fully with festive lights, decorations and traditional Christmas markets. Visiting the markets has become one of my favorite things to do each December.

Berlin had more Christmas markets than we could get to in our week there, but we enjoyed the ones we did visit – each one seemed to have its own character. We stayed in the center of the city (Mitte), and our hotel was adjacent to the Gendarmenmarkt, a beautiful, upscale Christmas market with an excellent selection of goods by local artisans and great food and entertainment. We also visited four other lovely Christmas markets: the market at the Opernpalais (the opera house), the market at Potsdamer Platz (by the Sony Center), the market near the Berlin zoo and aquarium and one of the large markets near Alexanderplatz and the TV Tower.

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I hope everyone has very happy holidays!





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During my first year of college at Notre Dame, I became good friends with some of the other freshman girls who lived in my dorm. Despite some differences, the 10 of us remained friends throughout our years at school and long after. We still keep in touch regularly; and, every year, we do a Secret Santa gift exchange for Christmas.

This year, as in previous ones, I tried to find a gift for my randomly-chosen friend that’s interesting, unique and Dutch. (Since all of the others live in the U.S., I hope that coming from the Netherlands makes the gift pretty unique already.) I headed out to shop today, and I ended up browsing the stalls at the floating flower market on the Singel (the Bloemenmarkt).

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