Most of the decent sized towns in Belgium have a Christmas market in their city center some time during December. The town we live in, Leuven, has had their market going for about a week and a half and we thoroughly enjoyed it!
If you are not familiar with a European Christmas market, let me explain. They take a big open area outside, put up lots of tents or booths for people to sell wonderful things, make delicious food to eat on the go and warm you up, and decorate to be more festive than you can imagine!
We really wanted to buy some special items from the market while we were here and I thought I would share our treasures with you. They are all handmade and super artistic...so it fits :)
These first two items are wooden toys made by a gentleman from Belgium. He was making them while sitting in his booth, so we knew it was legitimate!
|We don't have children...but I was planning ahead, I guess.|
|Don't you just want to eat him, he's so cute!|
|My father-in-law sells John Deere equipment, so we thought it was appropriate|
|Plus that little farmer is adorable, and a red head just like my husband|
While the toys are adorable and lovely, our real treasure is this beautiful ceramic building. It is modeled after a building in Leuven, but mimics the general style famous in the city.
|Don't mind the cowbell...just a random thrift store find|
|Look at the detail of the brick! Impressive.|
|I believe it is a souvenir we will treasure for a long time|
To show you how accurate it is, here is a photo of the building we actually live in. That blue door is how we get to our apartment.
We are soaking in all the Belgium we can because, believe it or not, we are about to move again! January 4th we are off to Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Can you believe it?!
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