Sunday, November 16, 2014
CHRISTMAS IN BIRMINGHAM
At the German Market
When did it all happen? I mean, one minute I’m wearing spaghetti string tops, sunglasses and gladiator sandals, and the next minute I’m wrapped up in my thermals with a hat and umbrella, walking along the streets of Birmingham town centre dodging my way past the hoards of shoppers and a mile-long trail of festivities that decorate the high street. Time has flown by and now it’s official: the Christmas countdown has begun and it seems to kick off earlier and earlier each year, doesn’t it? I don’t know whether the wave of anxiety that has swept across me in the past few days is an emotion of dread or one of excitement about the lead up to the ‘Big Day’ – probably a combination of both.
The Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market, also known as the German Market, opened for its 14th successive year last week; this is the occasion that marks Christmas in Birmingham. I’m not a huge fan of this annual event: I don’t drink beer; I don’t like Frankfurters; I hate overcrowded spaces; and I can think of nothing worse (well, maybe a few things) than standing outside in the cold and rain eating, drinking and trying to be merry – give me an afternoon tea in a chic restaurant any day. Anyway, apparently the market attracted five million visitors in 2013 and is reported to be the largest authentic German market outside Germany and Austria so my opinion really counts for nothing and is probably in the minority; I would, however, recommend anyone visiting Birmingham to go take a peek, even if it’s just for 5-10 minutes, like I did this weekend.
Walking through the market, watching people gorge on huge Frankfurters, pints of beer and various sweet treats reminded me why the average person is reported to consume an extra 500 calories per day - equating to a weight gain of around 5lbs - over the festive period. I wrote a blog post last year and the year before about managing your weight over Christmas and I thought I would be a bit of a Scrooge and take the opportunity to direct you back to these posts (here). Of course if you’re one of those people who have decided to forget about your weight and healthy lifestyle for the next month or so and start again in January, then go ahead and leave me a comment anyway, whilst you slurp on your Baileys and indulge on your mince pie.
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