Ed­i­tor’s Note

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In a city with such cold and long win­ters as Berlin, the Christ­mas pe­riod is the last cel­e­bra­tion of light and warmth be­fore we all hold our breath and wait for the city to de­frost – in March, if we’re lucky. And with Christ­mas mar­kets, lit-up streets, Hanukkah can­dle light­ings, and a myr­iad of shows, De­cem­ber is ar­guably one of the most ex­cit­ing months in Berlin.

This is also a very busy time here at WHERE. For this is­sue, we spent days win­dow shop­ping around town to find the best gift ideas for your friends and rel­a­tives (p. 16). My fa­vorite of all was the Map of the World book, a col­lec­tion of mod­ern maps of ci­ties and coun­tries, de­signed by artists and de­sign­ers – and which I ac­tu­ally bought for my­self.

If you're vis­it­ing a Christ­mas mar­ket, which I cer­tainly rec­om­mend, do not leave be­fore you've had a Langós (fried dough with vegetables and cheese) or a piece of Baumkuchen, Ger­many's Christ­mas cake par ex­cel­lence, ac­com­pa­nied by a glass of Glüh­wein, mulled wine with spices served in a mug that you can take home. Christ­mas mar­kets are a great way to spend a De­cem­ber af­ter­noon, and Berlin has more than 60 to choose from, from nos­tal­gic to con­tem­po­rary to char­ity ones. For some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent, visit the eth­nic Christ­mas mar­ket inside the Ethonol­ogy Mu­seum in Dahlem: the per­fect com­bi­na­tion of cul­ture, shop­ping, and fes­tive spirit.

Happy hol­i­days!

SOLVEIG STEINHARDT ED­I­TOR, WHERE BERLIN

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