Lebkuchen (gingerbread) treats are available in Viennese grocery stores beginning mid-August, and are everywhere around the city from mid-November through the new year. My personal favorite are the lebkuchen men shaped like Krampus that are sold at the Christkindlmarkts. I bought one for each of my children and put them on the breakfast table the morning after Krampusnacht (Dec. 5).
It know it seems silly to spend the time making my own lebkuchen when there are so many varieties available, many of which are made fresh by Austrian bakers. I suppose I should start learning how to make them now, though, while I can still compare them to what is available here and be assured that my version is authentic (enough). Stay tuned for recipes, and more pictures from the Christkindlmarkts next winter.