Some of my most vivid Christmas memories go back to the occasions when I visited the Christmas markets in Germany. I have never had the chance to go on any of the major occasions like the events of Cologne, Munich or Stuttgart. Also, I have never had the chance to visit Nuremberg during Christmas, where it is said that the Christmas market is spectacular. But I still had the opportunity to go to some local markets in North Germany and they were always wonderful. The frosty December nights, warmed by a glass or two of Gluhwein and the smell of roasted almonds, against a backdrop of thousands of Christmas lights illuminating market stalls, were a pleasant way to spend an evening that I can recommend. 19659002] Christmas markets are also popular in hot countries and in Spain, many markets can be enjoyed as part of a winter holiday in places like Palma, Mallorca and the Canary Islands in Lanzarote, Tenerife and Gran Canaria.
It is quite difficult to predict cultural trends accurately and with confidence, but the use of reliable statistics and evidence of past changes is a good way to make predictions that are more likely to come true. The customs and traditions in Britain are changing, but they will find a regular place and begin to disappear.
The evolution of lifestyle in the UK is motivated by a number of factors: fewer religious festivals, an increased love of technology and perhaps an unfortunate habit of adopting customs from the United States, without really wondering why. We already have our kids coming out of school looking for their graduation balls and hiring limousines to bring groups of friends to this form of "passing out". In fact, these are great opportunities as they signify the end and beginning of important stages in the development of our children. The moment they leave the sanctuary of the normal school system and head to the larger world of continuing education or even full-time employment perhaps.
We also seem to have discovered a passion for Halloween, now suggested as one of the biggest periods of the year for retail organizations; not as big as Christmas naturally, but a close runner alongside Easter and Valentine's Day. What will the British import from the United States after, perhaps Thanksgiving? Perhaps not like the origins of this fourth Thursday of October are a feast of grape harvest and we already have one that varies by the date of the fall of the full moon in September. But stranger things have happened and if the lure of everything going on in the US continues, one could attend a church festival rather than a type event. Thanksgiving more family-friendly
. It's a way to access the British social calendar. A few years later, a typical New Year's Eve party consisted of a few drinks, a quick dance in the living room, all complemented by a few verses from Auld Lang Syne. Now, no New Year's party is complete with a fireworks display that celebrates the beginning of next year. This tradition of fireworks has been a regular feature of the New Year in most European countries for a very long time. An example is the German Sylvester tradition. The origins are not well defined but a link with Pope Sylvester is claimed
This pattern that seems to develop our increased interest in festivals and celebrations extremely popular abroad could go even further by "internationalizing" us more and more. Who knows what celebrations that have not yet found their mark in Britain, will become accepted events in the future. These could include massive carnival traditions that see great street parades and costume celebrations in places like Rio de Janeiro, Venice and most major cities throughout Spain. We already have Notting Hill carnival in London, but most other carnivals in the UK still seem to be based on more traditional English forms.
Back to Christmas markets, which are already big in Spain and Germany and are just starting to place in the squares and streets of a few cities in the UK. There are now thriving Christmas markets in various cities across the country, including the Edinburgh version in Princes Street Gardens, the South Bank Market in London, the thriving Lincoln Christmas Market and the Christmas market Birmingham, which grows every year. Surprise to see the Christmas markets emerge in most cities of the country because people seem more than happy to attend social events that usefully merge the celebration with the opportunity to make purchases. It's this strange British affinity with all that "shopping" right now, but that can be used safely to predict future trends. But for now, a low cost flight to Tenerife will allow you to enjoy a traditional Christmas market, without the cold temperatures and the threat of rain that seems to accompany a December month in Britain.