In Germany, the traditional Christmas Eve supper consists of potato salad and sausages - an easy meal that leaves everyone plenty of time to decorate the tree, go to church and open their presents. The next day, they tuck into a big Christmas feast.
Recent violence sparked by US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital has put a damper on Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem. Still, scores of people took part in Christmas Eve festivities.
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has urged Germans not to lose hope in these times of uncertainty, as Germany grapples with finding a new government. He insisted people could remain optimistic.
Christmas is just around the corner. Every week another candle is lit. During Advent, all Germany gets ready for the great celebration. How familiar are you with German Advent traditions?
Who invented the Advent wreath? How did Christmas markets start? Why do some German children believe the "Christ Child" is the one who brings presents? Find out here.
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