Every year in December, the hamlet of Wieda in the Harz region is transformed. Twenty life-sized manger scenes appear in gardens and garages, depicting the story behind the Christian Christmas festival, the birth of Jesus in a stable in Bethlehem.
In an evening of few surprises, German Schlager songstress Helene Fischer took home four of the renowned trophies, while singer-songwriter Joris garnered three. The gala highlighted German-language pop on an upswing.
Amidst the twinkle of fairy lights and aromas of mulled wine and bratwurst, the terrorist attacks in Paris seem a long distance away. But its effects were felt during the first weekend of the Nuremberg Christmas market.
Cone-pickers at the foot of the Caucasus Mountains risk their lives collecting seeds for the native fir trees that adorn many a German living room at Christmas. Producers are now taking steps to improve safety.
Beyond the herb garden on the balcony, some Berliners have taken the next logical step and started foraging for food. And, as it turns out, there's much more to it than killer mushrooms and chestnut fever.
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