December ushers in a time of wonder, excitement and anticipation. Watching children shout out to one another the identity of each figure in the Krippe in Traunstein is a powerful reminder of storytelling. The smell and sensation of an oncoming snowfall is undeniable, while the flirtations and laughter around the Christmas Market gluhwein stall suggest that the night lasts longer than the lights. It is the expectation of things desired and the thrill of the unknown. It is taking risks in a world of human safety; it is trust and love. This is Christmas to me... and I adore it.