Christmas has always been a big deal for me and my family.
There are so many people who fuss about the Christmas holidays and family get-togethers, but is there really any other time you really sit down with others for dinner and spend time together? Time is such a precious thing, especially for those who live abroad and can’t see their loved ones every day or at any time you would really like to.
That’s why I really love Christmas – to be with my family, to be able to gift them something that makes them happy. Giving gifts is not about giving something random just for the sake of giving, it’s actually paying a bit more attention to others and see what it is that could really put a smile on their face, it might even be some ridiculous small thing that you know the other person really wanted at some point during the year, so listen carefully and pay attention, don’t wait I until a week before Christmas and do the crazy stressful shopping with a million people on the shops doing the same.
Christmas markets to get into the festive spirit
There are many beautiful European cities where to visit Christmas markets, but your should really consider going to Riga.
The old town is magical, and winter is special in Riga. The whole city is decorated with beautiful lights and there are usually many many Christmas trees all over, each one decorated in a different way.
The markets are a great way to spend some time out in the fresh air, get some local tasty food cooked on fire, like sauerkraut and sausages, and definitely try either the hot cider or our mulled wines from different fruit!
You’ll find the most intriguing artifacts on sale by the local artisans, like sheep wool slippers, glass jewelry, grandma’s knitted socks and scarves, wild animal fur, just the products you would really find in a cold northern country.
Latvia is a spectacular country especially when taking about its breathtaking countryside, the lakes, the infinite green forests, it really is worth visiting. And never be afraid of visiting it in winter because of the cold weather, the Christmas markets, the lights, the decorations and hot cider will keep you warm, don’t worry about that!