I looked it up: “A traditional German alcoholic drink for which a rum-soaked sugarloaf is set on fire and drips into mulled wine”. It was a tasty treat, on offer at Vancouver’s Christmas Market, itself a treat for the eyes, so I took pictures.

There were little kids singing carols: Cute overload!

Child carolers at Vancouver’s Christmas Market

There were Croatian dancers and an old-fashioned merry-go-round, and lots of booths selling bright things.

Polish-crafts booth at Vancouver’s Christmas Market
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Christmas-decorations booth at Vancouver’s Christmas Market

Some of the decorations were worth zooming in on.

Christmas decorations at Vancouver’s Christmas Market

I’ve been to real Christmas Markets, in Würzburg and Antwerp, and they’re good fun. You have to watch out for that feuerzangenbowle though; it’s hot and spicy and delicious and goes down smooth as anything; you may not notice it sneaking up on you till it’s too late.



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From: Erik Wilde (Dec 09 2013, at 21:43)

yup, it's dangerous. sweet and high in alcohol always is something that you will not like the day after. plus depending on the rum, the added sugar/alcohol solution can be very very strong: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stroh (there's an 80% variety of this...)

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From: Tom Magliery (Dec 09 2013, at 22:43)

Hey, I know one of those kids!

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From: Benjamin (Jan 15 2014, at 12:01)

This post reminds me of the German cult movie "Feuerzangenbowle" with Heinz Rühmann (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Die_Feuerzangenbowle_%281944_film%29) A real classic winter-movie, not to be missed!

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