Christmas is the annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ. It is observed most commonly on December 24 and 25 by billions of people around the world.
December 25 may have become the date of celebration as it was the date the Romans marked as the winter solstice, the shortest, and therefore darkest day of the year. The Romans had a series of pagan festivals near the end of the year, so Christmas may have been scheduled at this time to appropriate, or compete with, one or more of these festivals. The celebratory customs are a mix of Christian and secular themes. Popular modern customs of the holiday include gift giving and the display of various Christmas decorations, including Christmas trees. Here you can find an automatic compilation of DW content referring to Christmas.
Following allegations of a cover-up in the investigation into Berlin Christmas market attacker Anis Amri, a victims' lawyer has demanded 100 million euros in damages. Andreas Schulz says that the law is on his side.
Changes proposed by a Berlin politician include new criteria on who poses a security threat. Before the attacks in Paris, Brussels and Berlin, those with petty criminal records weren't considered a security risk.
The Tunisian had frequently consumed cocaine and cannabis before driving a truck into a Berlin Christmas market. Italian authorities said they could not exclude the possibility he consumed drugs the day of the attack.