Christmas in Europe is a treat that everybody should experience, if only once in their lives. There’s a charm in the subtle, sincere way they choose to celebrate Christmas here that centers around happiness and nostalgia rather than market trends and profit. Nothing is overtly flashy or overdone, shying away from the ills of exploitation. A time to celebrate life and make memories with others, Christmas is still about handmade gifts, mulled wine, roasted chestnuts, and Saint Nicholas.
Time is spent on wooden merry-go-rounds, petting sheep and listening to choral music over-pouring from open church doors. The city has made a free ice-skating rink and angels roam the markets, giving candy canes to children.
I make it a habit not to compare America to any country in which I’m living, not only would it be inaccurate, but as a respectful expat I find it unfair. But America could learn a few things from Europe in this category. Although Christmas is a joyous time of year all around the world, I personally find a priceless charm in the way Europeans overlook the obvious profits associated with the holiday and choose instead to keep the local traditions alive.
Because even though there are just as many difference races and religions here as in America, you will find that Christmas isn’t muddled into surrounding celebrations with the dreaded “Happy Holidays,” but a very proud “Merry Christmas.”