I never got to Germany before the wall fell while I was in Europe in 1989. In 2010 I finally made it all the way to Berlin – for somewhere that seems so far and so difficult to get to for much of my life – its only a 6 hour €50 train ride from the Netherlands. We arrived to snow and more snow. And it was beautiful. At home, in the summer, I find Christmas very tacky and not much fun to be honest, and Christmas lights seem a waste of time when its dark until after 9pm. However in Germany against an early evening (it was dark by 5pm), the snow and the ice the brightly lit decorated trees and gluwein made a whole lot more sense. We didn’t end up buying anything – but the music and dancing (yes in the snow) made for a fun evening.