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.
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 celebrated in many countries, but little details — and the words used to describe them — can reveal interesting cultural differences. These terms provide insight into German particularities.
By this stage in December, it might seem like everything there is to be said about Christmas has in fact, been said. But Tamsin Walker has a few words on the seasonal role of Jona Lewie and ice skating in Berlin.
In Germany, St. Nicholas fills children's boots with sweets in the night of December 5 to 6. He also gets tons of fan mail.
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