I have a motivation problem. Christmas is days away. Barely any shopping is done. The decorations are still in the attic. And I can’t muster the “holiday spirit” to accomplish any of that crap.

It just doesn’t seem like Christmas time. Why is that? Maybe because it’s 80 degrees outside. 80 DEGREES. In December. Yes, I’m in Florida, but come on. Can we get more than 2 days of winter? I use the word “winter” loosely.

What I really need is a walk thru the ridiculously grand holiday displays at my old garden center Tuincentrum Daniels in Vlodrop (no one does visual merchandising like the Dutch!) or reibekuchen mit pommes (amazing potato pancakes with apple sauce) from a German Christmas market.

Or maybe this. The life-size advent calendar in Bernkastel-Kues, Germany.

Bernkastel-Kues, Germany's Christmas market with life-size advent calendar Life-size advent calendar at Bernkastle-Kues, Germany Christmas market

How cool is this to count down to Christmas? The giant advent calendar in on the apotheke in Bernkastel’s main square. Every day a different hand-painted fairy-tale scene is revealed.

Bernkastel is already adorable with all the half-timbered houses, but even better during the holidays. Here are some more pics of the decorated village—from when we there for the Christmas market. You may recognize some of these places from our previous trip.

Christmas market in Bernkastel-Kues, Germany I love this guy’s costume. He saw me lurking around and was kind enough to pose for a picture  

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