What are Germans wishing for this Christmas? In many churches, people write their Christmas wishes on small slips of paper and pin them up on the prayer wall.
It's Christmas in July for Russian President Vladimir Putin, with Republican US presidential nominee Donald Trump making all his wishes come true. Fiona Clark reports from Moscow.
Christmas is still six months away, but Santa Clauses around the world are already combing their beards and pulling on their boots. This week, they're spreading Christmas cheer at a conference in Denmark.
President Joachim Gauck's traditional Christmas Eve speech has been released in English. He said Germany had shown itself to be a "kind and caring country" amid the crises of 2015.
In Germany a Christmas tree - a real one - is a must-have. Some people see it as a short term roommate and even give it a name. And the ritual of getting one is also part of the celebration.
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