With a couple of new mutant strains running rampant here in London, Christmas is a decidedly understated affair this year.

So I thought I’d post a picture from the most Christmassy place I’ve ever spent Christmas – the chocolate box town of Colmar in the Alsace region of France.

The town is famous for its colourful Christmas markets. Indeed, the town’s official website proudly proclaims that it was voted the 2nd best Christmas Market in Europe in 2017.

I spent Christmas there in 2014 with my niece Taylor and her husband Jordan.

They’d come to Europe for what Aussies call a ‘Christmas Card Christmas.’ And Colmar delivered.

There were twinkling lights. Narrow cobbled streets and medieval houses. And little wooden stalls selling hot chocolate, pretzels and mulled wine to warm up against the cold.

But hey, this is 2020.

So I thought a photo of a back door of one Christmas market stalls, padlocked and closed, seemed more in keeping with the Christmas spirit this year.

The good news is that 2021 can’t get any worse.

Can it?

Official website: noel-colmar.com