10 Signs that Germany is Taken Over By the Christmas Spirit

1. Shops start selling ginger bread, speculoos, chocolate santas and all the other christmasy stuff as early as at the beginning of October.

2. The people in your neighborhood start “competing” for the brightest decorated house (or window if you live in an apartment).

3. The number one thing to do on the weekend is to go to the christmas market on Alexanderplatz, Gendarmenmarkt or in front of Charlottenburg Palace.

4. All of a sudden everything becomes apple- cinnamon flavored.

5. Amazon Germany offers a free e-book every day from December 1st to December 24th.

6. Hot wine punch becomes the one drink that men and women can drink equally.

7. The streets fill with the scent of roasted almonds and cotton candy.

8. Shops are now open on Sundays from 1-6 p.m. It almost becomes natural for you to go shopping on Sundays so when Christmas is over you feel like your whole life has just been thrown out of balance.

9. Discounts everywhere!!

10. Pretty much every German family is as keen as mustard on baking traditional (german) Christmas cookies, which you notice because your classmates or colleagues bring some in and encourage you to have one or two or maybe a whole bag at once.

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