On average Germans spent 261 euros on Christmas presents last year and are expected to spend a bit more this year. Vouchers and books top the list of gifts. We crunch the numbers.
Germans opened their wallets as the Christmas season started in November, providing a boost to the country's retailers and raising hopes that private consumption continues to support growth in Europe’s biggest economy.
Christmas begins in Rome with the inauguration of a giant Christmas tree and a larger-than-life Nativity scene in St Peter's Square, as part of the Vatican's seasonal 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.
From the US to the UK and even Germany - it's time again to dig out and actually wear that ugly Christmas sweater. Yes, the gaudy one with Santa, elves and real jingle bells. Here are some of our favorites.
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