Christmas Market in film

Last week I heard about the German style Christmas market only after I read on twitter a fire broke out across the street from the Vancouver Library. There was some kind of construction incident that set a booth for the market on fire last week and delayed the opening. Had this fire not occurred, I may not have heard about it at all. In any event, the market is open now and good to go.

I headed up on my lunch hour today to do a scouting mission. I took along Phil’s Blackbird, Fly camera as I had FINALLY figured out how to load the film into it. Hooray! This is how my lunch hour unfolded in film.

First of all, the stern Santa:

I find the images of Santa from Europe to be much skinnier than the North American version and also, much less jolly. I guess I should do some research into why so serious. I suppose the European version takes his duties very seriously. That’s a lot of pressure – providing gifts to all the kids around the world.

The stern Santa is the main decoration at this fair. I walked past him after paying my $2 entrance fee and could smell all the good smells of the Potato Hauss, The Apple Hauss and the Booze Hauss. I didn’t partake in any Hausses today (not even The Black Forest Meats Hauss) because I’m going back tomorrow with my buddy, Catherine, to try it out for a good time.

The fair was pretty quiet today – I think that’s because it was pouring rain and was quite chilly. That didn’t stop people from shopping, though.

This camera is great for taking candid photos because 1) you hold it at waist height 2) you look down into the top of the camera into the viewfinder 3) no one around you knows what the heck’s going on – or where you’re pointing the camera. The only downside was the overcast sky today. It really was dark today, so the photos are not a focused as I’d like. On a sunny day, I’m sure I’d get better focus. Well, I’d like to think so, anyway.

And there were balls for sale – German style.

I didn’t wait in the line up to go into the enclosed area. I’ll try it out tomorrow or maybe next week. After all, it’s going to be open until Christmas Eve, so there’s lots of time to go back for Nuts and Coffee and the Apple Hauss for a German style baked apple. YUM.

3 comments

  1. Leah says:

    I got the story of Sinterklaas from the Holland Center add. Sinterklaas comes to New Westminster this weekend. He is the Dutch ‘Santa’. He is the Spanish Bishop and brings Black Peter, his assistant, with him. He gives candy to good children and beats the naughty children, and the bad children are thrown in Black Peter’s sack and are taken back to Spain. Anyway, he will be at the Holland Center in New Westminster. He arives on the paddle wheeler at the quey. http://dutchfood.about.com/od/dutchholidayrecipes/a/Sinterklaas.htm

    I like the stern Santa. I like his crescent shape. I am very attracted to the sounds of the Hausses, especially the Apple Hauss. The Germans know how to cook, that is for sure.

  2. Ine says:

    In Belgium, there’s both “Sinterklaas” and “Santa”. They are very similar. They both leave presents for the children by climbing down the chimney.

  3. Ellie says:

    In Austria they have “Krampus.” December 6th is St. Nicholas Day. All the naughty children are punished by Krampus. He usually has twigs to spank them and rattles a chain for sound effects. The good Children get some sweets from St. Nick. The Austria Club celebrates this event every year. It’s a lot of fun.
    The German custom is to put a boot on the window sill the night before (Dec 5th) and St. Nicholas brings some chocolates and candies for the good little boys and girls. The naughty ones, well, they get a dried up twig in their boot. It’s a lot of fun watching the children wake up in the morning to find the goodies.

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