UO CHRISTMAS: FRAUKE HAGENNovember 13, 2017
As part of our Christmas Wishlists for 2017, we’ve spoken to some of our favourite creatives from around Europe to find out how they celebrate Christmas! Frauke Hagen gives us all her tips for travelling at the most wonderful time of year…
What are your favourite things about the holiday/winter season?
Probably spending time with my family and friends. Since I travel a lot, the time I get to spend with them is very valuable to me. The second thing I really enjoy about the season is probably that I get to sleep in for sunrise and all the cozy jumpers!
What are the traditional dishes that you eat?
My grandma makes the best duck stuffed with apples and plums, it’s a family recipe.
Do you have any traditions that you observe every year?
Yes I do! We grow our own Christmas trees in the backyard and two days before the 24th we chop one down, carry it to the kitchen and decorate it.
Winter in the Alps must be magical – what’s your favourite thing about this time of year?
Sunrise and sunset are a whole different thing when the mountains are covered in snow. The glow you can experience is just absolutely magical. Plus you get to sleep in because the sun rises pretty late compared to those sleepless summer nights.
What are your favourite things about travelling in the winter?
Most places are less crowded and you can enjoy them on your own. Plus the road trip chocolate doesn’t melt in the car, hehe.
Do you have any places in Europe that you’d recommend for a winter break?
The Alps are always gorgeous, especially the Dolomites and Switzerland. If you’re into skiing check out Austria. I’m headed to Finland and Norway this winter to chase the northern lights.
How do you prepare for a winter trip?
I pack all the warm clothes I have. Sweaters, beanies, wool socks and everything I could possibly layer, plus a couple warm blankets for the car ride.
What’s your favourite German Christmas tradition?
Pretty sure it’s not just a German thing, but I just love that there are Christmas lights on the street. It looks so pretty and cosy, plus the lights guide you home when the days get shorter.
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