Your personal Christmas story



“We didn’t take a photo of you!” I was told at the end of this weekend. “All that writing and not a single photo!”

“That’s perfect,” I said. “I didn’t want a photo. I didn’t want to stand in the way of the writing. That would have just spoiled everything.”

My answer caused some confusion. By way of explanation:

This weekend I wrote personal Christmas stories for anyone who wanted one at the Purkersdorf Christmas market. Visitors gave me their name, a word or two they felt important for the story, and the rest was left to me…or so they assumed. The fact is, the stories wrote themselves so long as I held the pen steady and set it tracking unimpeded across the page. There was no “thinking” about writing. There was just the writing itself.

What was written? I don’t recall precisely! There was a triathlete sheep lost in the snow, a snowman who came to life and fell in love, a unicorn who appeared in a glittery burst on an ice skating rink. You might say the Christmas stories weren’t exactly traditional. Still, each story was spontaneous, original, and written especially for each visitor at the little pop-up gallery at the Christmas market.

People were incredibly generous with their donations (for charitable causes). I hope they all enjoyed reading their personal Christmas stories as much as I did watching their stories unfold on the page from the tip of my pen.

Thank you to Eva and Paul who own the pop-up gallery and who so generously allowed me to write in it.

Here is a link to their gallery:

The Pop-Up Gallery

Thank you also to my author heroine, Natalie Goldberg who wrote Writing Down the Bones. Her book inspired the personal Christmas stories.

I don’t expect to write another entry before Christmas, so for those who read this, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas.



The Very Personal Christmas Story


Purkersdorf in Winter

This Christmas I’ll be creative writing at the Purkersdorf Christmas Market. The creative writing event is titled Die Ganz Persönliche Weihnachtsgeschichte (The Very Personal Christmas Story).

People can pop in, give me one or two personal details (a name, perhaps an interest, the name of a pet, etc.) and I will intuitively write on the spot their very personal Christmas story. Such stories make for a unique Christmas present. The stories might be funny or wise or silly or sad—I won’t know until each story (written in the company of each guest) is finished.

 How to write a spontaneous Christmas story:

  • Be mindful of each guest and their wishes
  • Put pen to page and write in their company
  • Change nothing
  • Make it a brilliant story, naturally!

Simple enough, right?

If you’d like your own Christmas story or one as a present for someone special, then here’s where you can find me on the 10th and 11th of December:

Pop Up Galerie (scroll down)

 There is not charge for a story . People are welcome to leave a donation. Proceeds will go to a charity or worthy community cause.

The Purkersdorf Christmas Market has some wonderful stalls and a little ice skating rink, so come along and make an afternoon of it.

 I look forward to seeing you there!