I messaged back "Are you kidding? I wouldn't be at a Christmas Market!" But in fact, I had plans to go with a friend on the 23rd. This gingerbread lady above is from an Aachen market, not from Berlin, but I swiped her off a site about Christmas markets in general because she looks kind of sinister, like she could be ready to blow herself up under all that white sugar trimming. The world is feeling that way to me today: that nothing is really what it appears to be anymore, and the grown ups have all disappeared, and the cookie monster is coming.