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When the nights draw in and the winds blow, it’s easy to pine for the lost, long evenings of the summer just past. However, as Christmas begins to announce its arrival (often before those long summer evenings have left!) there is also a reason to look forward, and that it because it is the season for Christmas markets and fayres.
Common for decades in northern Europe, Christmas markets began making their way across the Channel some time ago and now we are lucky to have plenty to choose from, and more seem to appear every year.
These markets are a real highlight of the season for me. I don’t necessarily buy much, although that certainly isn’t for want of temptation. If you’re looking for gifts, either for yourself or anyone in your pressie receiving circle, it’s generally a sure bet that you’ll find something beautiful, and/or delicious, perfect for the purpose.
However, for me, it’s not just the browsing among the artisan stalls, tasting melt in the mouth fudge, or warming mulled cider, it’s the entire atmosphere created at these markets that brings such a lovely festive feeling. Of course, the settings vary, as can the theme. I recently went to Worcester’s Victorian Christmas fayre which has been going for well over twenty years and the event sprawls out through the many streets, some cobbled, some new, with new stalls to discover around every corner. For the most part, the vendors all dress in Victorian style, adding another layer of fun and festivity to the event.
However, whether the stalls are set in front of the imposing and illuminated Winchester Cathedral, in the grounds of a grand National Trust property or beneath the dreaming spires of Oxford, the warm, festive feeling of Christmas is the same which definitely makes Christmas Markets my ‘Festive Favourite’.
Thank you so much for sharing your Festive Favourite, Maxine!
Here are three festive books written by Maxine . . .
Here is information about each of them:
Icing gingerbread men, arranging handmade toys and making up countless Christmas wreaths in her family’s cosy little Christmas shop isn’t usually globe-trotter Lexi’s idea of fun. But it’s all that’s keeping her mind off romance. And, with a broken engagement under her belt, she’s planning to stay well clear of that for the foreseeable future…until gorgeous single dad Cal Martin walks through the door!
Christmas takes on a whole new meaning as Lexi begins to see it through Cal’s adorable five-year-old son’s eyes. But, finding herself getting dangerously close to the mistletoe with Cal, Lexi knows she needs to back off. She’s sworn off love, and little George needs a stability she can’t provide. One day she’ll decide whether to settle down again – just not yet.
But the best little Christmas shop in this sleepy, snow-covered village has another surprise in store…
Buy yourself a copy of this fantastic festive read at:
The Christmas Project
Could happy ever after be waiting underneath the mistletoe?
Professional organiser Kate has had her share of demanding clients. But Michael O’Farrell is the most obnoxious man she’s ever met. He may be gorgeous, but if he wasn’t her best friend’s brother Kate wouldn’t have waited on his doorstep for five minutes, let alone an hour!
But, underneath Michael’s icy exterior, Kate’s surprised to find a man who needs to declutter his heart as well as his home. And while she’s happier fixing messy desks than broken hearts, Kate can’t help making Michael her secret Christmas project.
After all, at Christmas, anything can happen!
Step into a winter wonderland and fall in love in the snow this Christmas…
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…
A few weeks before Christmas and a sudden blanketing of snow has closed the roads and brought public transport grinding to a halt, stranding Izzy miles from home and in desperate need of rescuing.
That doesn’t mean she’s looking to bump into Rob and spend a cosy weekend holed up in his swanky flat watching London become a winter wonderland! Because Izzy and Rob have history…
Six months ago, they were standing in the vestry of a beautiful country church, while best man Rob delivered the news that every bride dreads on their big day.
But at the time of year when anything is possible, can Rob and Izzy let go of the past and let Christmas work its magic? Or will this be one holiday wish that Izzy lets walk right out of her life…