January 15, 2019

Too many funfairs: Germany's Christmas markets backlash

Too many funfairs: Germany’s Christmas markets backlash Reviewed by on . Array Array Rating: 4.5

Are you nostalgic? Read this “really advanced” article from The Guardian….and find out why Christmas markets are no longer what they used to be.


With their artisanal stalls selling wooden toys, vendors offering mulled wine from wooden huts and pine tree shelters, Christmas markets offer respite from the hectic festive schedules, a nostalgic throwback to simpler times. And they’re booming; not just in German-speaking countries, where there are now more than 3,700 markets a year, but also in Britain, where they have become annual institutions in Edinburgh, Birmingham and London.

But a number of purists are complaining that German Christmas markets are no longer what they used to be. Supposedly handmade gifts such as wooden stars, nutcrackers and incense-smoking are increasingly mass-produced, wholesome produce is being edged out by fatty foods and fairground rides are becoming more prevalent.

Even the vice-president of the Bundestag has joined the critics. Christmas markets are turning into “an extension of Oktoberfest”, he said: “Yes to markets, but no to funfairs!”


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What does it mean? Click and find out!

funfair (n) an event held outside at which people go on rides
backlash (n) a strong, negative, and often angry reaction to something that has happened
stall (n) a booth, cubicle, or stand used by a vendor, as at a market
to mull (v) to heat and spice (wine, for example)
hut (n) a small house or shelter, usually made of wood or metal
respite (n) a usually short interval of rest or relief
hectic (adj) full of busy activity
nutcracker (n) a tool for breaking open the shells of nuts
to edge out (v) to defeat (rivals or opponents) by a small margin
fairground (n) an area of land that is used for fairs


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