Old and New Traditions

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After spending Thanksgiving in Vienna, we were able to visit a few of the traditional Christmas markets open from mid November through late December.  I was amazed that this tradition has been going on for hundreds of years, we found one market dating back to 1294.  I totally loved the shopping, food and mulled wine served in Christmas mugs.

 

 

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The most amazing part is the sense of community you feel.  These markets are open all day until about 10pm.   I ended my vacation wishing we could start a Christmas market right in our Dallas area suburb…but I don’t see that happening anytime soon.

 

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So for now, we will make new traditions and recreate some of our favorites, like mulled wine and the traditional bratwurst and sauerkraut.  I have had mulled wine prior to this and I thought it was pretty overpowering, but the majority of what we tasted in Vienna was good but mild – well, it’s got to be if you are going to drink it all day!  We brought one box of mulled wine spices home (it comes in tea bag form), and I found another variety here at the local grocer – they were very similar.  Add several tea bags with mulling spices, a bottle of wine, and 2 to 3 tablespoons honey.  Guaranteed to warm you up on a cold winter’s night!

 

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