In Siberia he bears a blue robe and horns, and in Thailand he comes riding an elephant. Christmas is celebrated differently around the world, and from around the world pilgrims flock each year to spend Christmas in the town where Jesus was born.
Security measures were heightened across Europe and beyond as Christians prepared to celebrate Christmas Eve in the shadow of terrorism. Germany's capital, Berlin, was particularly on edge after last week's truck attack.
Markus Dröge, Bishop of the Evangelical Church Berlin-Brandenburg-Silesian Upper Lusatia, spoke at Berlin's memorial service at the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. He talked with DW about the effects of the violence.
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