This year I spent several days in the small German town of Lauscha with my friend, American folk artist Debbee Thibault. Besides being incredibly quaint, with little structures that look like real-life gingerbread cookie houses, Lauscha is the birthplace of blown-glass Christmas ornaments.
Debbee has been collaborating with a small company there to produce an assortment of delicate hand-painted glass lanterns using original antique molds - some designs reaching back to Christmases in the 1840s.
My favorite is this delightfully maniacal antique clown.
Antique glass lanterns and ornaments by Debbee Thibault.