It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas

It feels especially poignant to write this post given the recent attack at the Christmas market in Strasbourg, France earlier this week. I remember that beautiful location in front of the grand cathedral so well from our previous trip last spring. I hate to admit this very thing crossed our minds when we were at the market in Frankfurt on opening night with the crowds packed in the square when everything seemed so festive and light. Life feels more tenuous these days, but I think that’s more the reason to get out and live it. 

We spent our last day in Germany in Frankfurt, and lucky for us it was opening day of the Christmas market. So we got the train into the city from our hotel near the airport and walked to the Altstadt, or old city to find the market.

It was early afternoon so things were pretty quiet, which gave us a good opportunity to check out what the vendors had for sale.

There were bretzals the size of your fore arm with every kind of topping,

and stalls selling chocolate covered fruit and marzipan pigs. I don’t really understand the marzipan pig thing, why pigs?

You could also get a sexy chocolate Santa or Ms Claus or even chocolate covered chilies, 

then there’s the chocolate mice, hedgehogs and little round cakes.

There were stalls of wooden Christmas decorations

and stalls filled with every possible thing to make the creche of your wildest dreams.

Aren’t these life size chocolate tools the coolest? The nuts and bolts could actually screw into each other too.

and I can’t forget the gingerbread!

It was very cold, so we had to warm up with some Gluehwein (hot mulled wine) while watching the giant Christmas tree light up.

I don’t think I have felt the spirit of Christmas this much in years. It was really magical.

The next morning, we woke up at 4:45 to head to the airport and board a plane to Copenhagen where we had a 3 hour layover.

I don’t think I’ve ever had more fun in an airport. It was like being in the best shopping mall, generally, I’m not a fan of shopping malls, but this one had great stores filled with beautifully designed housewares and cool stuff, and there were also plenty of books to help one embrace the Danish hygge (pronounced hue-guh) lifestyle.

11 hours later, we landed in San Francisco, then grabbed the train into the city to meet up with my parents for dinner and a Pink Martini concert playing with the San Francisco symphony. 

We were exhausted, but in the very best way.

Keep creating,


I’d love to spark your creativity at one of these upcoming events:


January 16-20 Craft Napa: 2 day Paint and Printapalooza (Open),
Collage, Paint, Create! (Sold out),
Make an Impression! (Open)

I heard there’s been some cancellations for Craft Napa due to recent events, so some workshops that were closed may now have openings. 

January 30 Valley Quilt Guild, Marysville, CA Lecture

March 11, 12 CT Piecemakers Quilt Guild, Trumbull, CT
Blessings in the Wind Prayer Flags

March 21, 22 Narragansett Bay Quilters Association, RI
Tea & Ephemera

May 17-18 Meissners, Santa Rosa, TBA

June 6, 7 Palmer Divide Quilters, Monument, CO
Tea & Ephemera


Judy is an artist, explorer, image wrangler, knowledge seeker, instructor, speaker, creative alchemist, and purveyor of inspiration, helping others channel creativity on a daily basis.

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