Market Friday: Christmas markets

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Like many other European cities, Madrid is already decked out, receiving with poorly contained expectation, such emotional dates, in every way, as Christmas is always.

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That is why, also in its most central and frequented places, the presence of Christmas markets is always justified, because although there are opinions for all tastes, the truth is that Christmas is such an overwhelming driving force that it drives the majority of people to socialize, to go out of stores, to replace the broken pieces of their nativity scenes, to continue buying accessories for these or for the Christmas tree or even to get carried away by the joy of the dates and buy costumes, as well as Joke articles that will help you to maintain good humor and happiness and possibly also to preserve a pleasant memory, as it is a time of meetings, reunions and dreams.

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Regardless of other places in the capital, the most traditional of the Christmas markets, no doubt, is the one that is held every year in the heart of Madrid: a heart located next to the famous kilometer zero, represented by the Puerta del Sol and which is none other than the historic and monumental Plaza Mayor, whose beginnings began in the XV-XVI centuries, during the reign of Felipe II.

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If for much of the year the Plaza Mayor is an unavoidable focus, both for locals and visitors, it is precisely at this time of year when interest increases and visits triple.

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It is moral, if we consider that it is also home to a good part of the most select hotels in the capital, as well as a generous offer of catering establishments, which is amply rewarded with the added attraction of the Christmas market.

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A market, which in essence is made up of a large selection of prefabricated wooden houses that reproduce those idyllic mountain huts that have always offered so much luster and color to the traditional Christmas greetings and packed to overflowing with representative objects, made of the which, at least metaphorically speaking, we could consider as the stuff that dreams are made of.

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It is a wonderful post @juancar347! How could anybody not love it? Christmas brings out the best spirits in people! This is such a lovely square and what a fitting place to put a major market like that.

Everyone goes out of their way to make it brighter, shinier, and in keeping with the holiday, the best time of the year. Thank you for taking the time to shop there for the Market! I hope you bought something beautiful!

#MarketFriday has evolved over time from straight shopping to a cultural affair as it highlights how we differ and then again, how much we are alike. We have become a melting pot of culture, but, it is still the Rituals, Festivals, food, architecture, even your language/languages that separate us... Along with the fact of what is normal for where you live? These are unwritten rules that rule our social behaviors. I see this as allowing for increased tolerance between cultures and nations, and opportunities to come together on an even playing ground. A strong culture can be beneficial to a country as it promotes unity, especially during a crisis, peaceful debate, and open dialogue. I can only hope this to be true.

Fridays are all about the #MarketFriday Challenge! Looking to take part in it? Here is how:


Rules of the Road to Join #MarketFriday!

  1. Go to the market, or anywhere that you pay money for a service.
    Take pictures! Be creative!
  2. Tell us a little bit about the market or the event. What brought you there? What did you buy? How much did it cost?
  3. Post the picture(s) Of course, you should tell a little bit about the ones you post
  4. Use the MarketFriday Community Platform to post #hive-196308 (this is not required, but appreciated)
    5. Drop the link into the MarketFriday comment section so I can find it
  5. Following me and reblogging the post so more see it would be appreciated !! Not a rule, just appreciated, more vision for more views on your posts!
    7. You must put #MarketFriday by @dswigle somewhere on your post. If you don't and someone reads it, there is nothing to tie #MarketFriday to that post.
  6. Please only one post each week. Believe it not, I run out of voting power if you put in many more than that.

As always, please remember! #MarketFriday loves you!

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Thank you very much for your always kind comments, dear @dswigle. It is true, Christmas is a time of intensity, of feelings (whether they are found or not) and of motivation for the nobility, which we should consider during the rest of the year and not only at this time. But after the one that is falling in the world, with its difficulties, its pandemics and a long list of calamities, seeing these environments, seeing the joy return to people's faces is something truly gratifying. I bought a humble little thing, but enough not to forget the Spirit of Christmas. Thank you very much again and just in case I forget, Merry Christmas in advance.

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It is true that the festive season brings people out to scour the market for presents or items to take home. It is brilliant to have such markets in the square as it is very spacious :)

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Indeed, it is a very spacious, central, historical and cultural place that is very attractive for this and other types of leisure activities, where people always contribute that huge grain of sand, which is their presence. Thank you very much for your comment.

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Yes :) You are fortunate to have such a beautiful place to wander and wonder at any given day :)

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