Members of the "Yeti Divers" club in the town of Wittlich in Rheinland-Pfalz have decorated a tree under water, in a five-meter-deep swimming pool. They did it to collect donations for a charity project.
Two entrepeneurs are renting thousands of living Christmas trees to homes across Germany - in a bid to reduce the number of wasted firs after the festive season. Environmental groups are skeptical.
No matter what Germans may think of the Christian origins of Christmas, they cannot imagine the event without their beloved Christmas tree. But over time, that tree has undergone quite a bit of change.
The Christmas tree is famous the world over. But where do the trees grow? And what special care do they need before they decorate our homes over the festive season?
Cone-pickers at the foot of the Caucasus Mountains risk their lives collecting seeds for the native fir trees that adorn many a German living room at Christmas. Producers are now taking steps to improve safety.
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