Dissen is a village in Bavaria, Germany. Going back hundreds of year, the artisans in Dissen have been producing amazing pewter artwork. 

When I was little, we lived in a small village near Freiburg im Breisgau. So a lot of the German traditions became part of my core Christmas memories. This includes the amazing pewter artwork from Bavaria. 

This little guy is my “Max” Christmas ornament. I picked him up while my mom and I were in German this summer.  It’s got a hint of his sassy face, and his amazing smile. It’s a fusion of two favorite things, plus a hint of family traditions. 

Christmas joy in a tiny black cat on the tree.