Every year, just in time for the first weekend of the Christmas season, Rolf Vogt turns his own house in Calle in Northern Germany into a festival of lights.
In Germany, there's perhaps no greater indication that Christmas is coming than festive biscuits. And everyone, says Tamsin Walker, can make them. Or almost everyone.
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has urged the people of Germany to address tensions in society by engaging with each other. The country must not be allowed to drift apart, he says in his annual Christmas speech.
A teenager in southwestern Germany set a four-story house on fire when she decided to blow-dry her mattress to warm it up. More than a hundred firefighters were called to the scene.
Queen Elizabeth II appeared to lament the current era of divisive politics, including Brexit, calling on people to "respect" one another. Britain's monarch has made a Christmas Day speech almost every year since 1952.
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