Long before they became a major tourist attraction and seasonal tradition, Christmas markets had a practical purpose. Originally, the markets most associated with Germany were a place where locals could do their last minute shopping to prepare for the Christmas day feast.[…]
‘December 24 was the day to prepare the Christmas meal after a long period of fasting for lent,’ explained our tour guide and knower of all things Dresden-related. ‘Farmers came to town to offer their products to the citizens of the town and bought what they needed themselves.