British goods at the Christmas Market

Each year a delegation from Oberursel’s twin town, Rushmoor, make their way to the Christmas Market, bringing with the an assortment of mince pies, lemon curd, shortbread, Christmas puddings, crackers, and even whisky to sell at their stall inside the town hall.

Frank Rust and the Rushmoor stand at Oberursel's Christmas Market in 2019

The Nativity Scene at the Roundabout

Each year the fountain in the middle of the roundabout at the end of the Hohemarkstraße in Oberursel, known as the “Homm-Kreisel” but officially also as the “Alte Leipziger Brunnen”, is turned into a nativity scene with lights that are officially turned on just before the Christmas Market opens.

New figures are added each time a sponsor is found, and tradition has it that the donkey is positioned so that it is looking towards Stierstadt where the its sponsor lives.

The nativity scene at the Homm-Kreisel in Oberursel in 2019

Plätzchen backen

Advent started today with the traditional “Plätzchen backen” – baking Christmas biscuits garnished with coloured or chocolate sprinkles, or with grounded almonds.

The dough is a mixture of flour, baking powder, sugar, butter and an egg, and is left to cool in the fridge before being rolled out and cut into the shapes. These are then coated with egg before the topping is added and baked for around 10 minutes.

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