In the modern-day, Christmas markets are where shopping, Christmas and a festive spirit collide. These markets have been around for at least a few centuries and feature singing, food, drink and of course stuff for sale. Though oft associated with Germany there are now Christmas markets around the world.
Some believe shopping is therapy while many more believe travel is therapeutic. Perhaps you can consider a trip to a European Christmas market in December. Check out the links for more details:
Christmas Markets – Tours to various Christmas markets around the world
Europe’s best Christmas markets – Article from the Travel section of the online Telegraph in the UK.
Best Christmas Markets in Europe – Article from Travel & Leisure online