For someone like me, who grew up far from any religious traditions, the Christmas celebration in Europe has in the first line a cultural and even artistic value -although I guess that for many so called Christians it is almost the same.
One of the most charming Christmas tradition I enjoy in Vienna is a Christmas market, also known as Christkindlmarkt, Christkindlesmarkt, Christkindlmarket, and Weihnachtsmarkt (in German). Such street market is associated with the celebration of Christmas during advent, mainly the four weeks preceding Christmas Day. These markets originated in Germany and Austria but are now being held in many other countries.
I went photo-hunting and now I am happy to share with you some lovely pictures, showing so many colours that you normally never see in a European city:) … I sometimes had a feeling of being in India…
P.S. swaps, sorry, it was not snowing this time…:(