Dad with son at Weihnachtsmarkt Chicago by Tomas

Image Citation:

Flickr Creative Commons.  (2015, December 22).  Happy Holidays and happy celebrants… Photographer TomoŜius (Tomas Petkus).  Retrieved from

This fantastic black and white photo has a lot going on.  The expressions on the main characters’ faces tell a story, as does the setting, the Christmas Market in Chicago.  After learning a good bit about the cultural phenomenon of the Weihnachtsmarkt in Germany, I would ask students to write a paragraph about this picture from the perspective of the father, the son, or a bystander.  I would encourage students to include cultural aspects of the Christmas market, but rather than just describing, they should tell a story.