It's that time of year when Christmas markets are popping up all over the place. With all of the hustling going on lately, I decided it was time to take an afternoon to relax. After exploring, I found myself wandering to Denver's Christkindl Market. The smell of spiced cider and freshly baked pretzels hanging in the air above me, wafting in between the Christmas lights.
I delighted in photographing every empty space I could find.
Christmas markets are normally much too over-crowded for my liking. However, I really wanted to pick up a few things that I only see in this market and only get this time of year. There is a Danish pastry stall that usually hides at the end of one of the bustling rows. There you will find the most wonderful fruit-filled Copenhagen cookies. I tried to arrive shortly after the market opened to avoid the crowds, but it seems that this place is busy no matter what time you get here.
In a time of indulgence and gifting, guilty pleasures and spoiling the people we care about, my favorite guilty pleasure is to sit back and watch. Parents buying their kids hand-woven beanies for the upcoming ski trip. A couple sharing a hot cocoa and deciding which ornament they want to buy. A girl barely able to walk having to stop and pet every dog she saw (hello new best friend). These moments of depth that we don't often get to see, especially in today's world of concise consumption reminds me that life is much more than we see on our screens. Sometimes nothing feels as good as blending into the background and just being.
I hope you are all enjoying the season and spending it in the ways and with the people you love the most.