On our journey through the wonderworld of German Christmas fairs we have to face a harsh truth. It's rule #2:
Don't take anything seriously.
It's called a Christmas fair, but don't expect Protestant profoundness here: the Weihnachtsmarkt is something that people from Bavaria would call a Gaudi, an opportunity for having fun. So it was no wonder that the refrain of a song we took notice on one of the fairs was "Hosianna everywhere!" (perhaps it sounds more funnily when sung in the typical Rhenish idiom that for most people sounds like a strange singsong). While strolling about a Weihnachtsmarkt at Cologne's Rudolfplatz we found this eclectic composition of figurines, depicting the eternal struggle between Eros and Thanatos. (Of course you can also buy nice pottery, Christmas tree balls, and crib figurines. More about this tomorrow.)