Companies in Germany send out between 50 and 80 million cards in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Graphic designs such as stylized Christmas trees or stars are especially popular. The motto is: "Less is more."
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.
The four alleged 'IS' supporters are believed to have known Berlin Christmas market attacker Anis Amri. The trial is expected to offer insights into the Islamist scene in the German capital.
Greece's finance minister has sent Christmas e-cards to staff featuring the Charles Dickens character Ebenezer Scrooge. The move is a dig at international lenders who have pushed Greece into deep austerity.
Valentine card sellers are gradually going out of business as more and more Ghanaians adopt smart phones and social media as their means of sending messages of affection.
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