Christmas is a season with many traditional customs the world over. One of the most important holiday classics in Germany is the Christmas tree. We look at the history and the meaning of this holiday tradition.
Stuttgart's Wilhelma Zoo is using surplus pine trees to feed its elephants and other herbivores after Christmas. The trees are "not much of a treat," but breaking them down is fun for the elephants, officials say.
By the time Advent begins, Christmas trees are already set up in German city centers. Every year, however, public Christmas trees are at the center of a heated debate: Who has the biggest one?
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.
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.
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