International Firm, Local People

2 December 2021

We spoke with Laurence Pinget about Christmas in her home town of Strasbourg.

In the Rhenish Tradition, Christmas is one of the loveliest times of the year

The oldest Christmas market is known all over the world and we are happy and proud to have it back again this year! For four hundred years this famous market has been working its magic in the European capital, Strasbourg.

The festivities begin on Friday 26th of November with the illumination of the majestic Great Christmas Tree, with its kilometres of fairy lights, and the opening of the emblematic Christkindelsmärkt.

It is a festivity that delights children, and of course adults, every year.

This year I noticed over 300 wooden chalets, spread around different squares in the city - it really is a fairy-tale atmosphere - and during the next month I will enjoy strolling through the streets, or just enjoying a glass of mulled wine, vin chaud and some Christmas biscuits called breddle with my family and friends.

I can't really adequately describe the warm, cosy atmosphere, with the delicate aromas of cinnamon and spices, truly sublime decorations and illuminations that come together to create this special atmosphere that takes over not only in Strasbourg but overall in Alsace!

Perhaps we should have a Friisberg Conference here one year!

Laurence Pinget
Paris, France


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