In southern Germany, it's traditional to bake Christmas Springerle. The ingredients include flour, sugar, anise - and plenty of patience, because it takes several days until the tiny delicacies are ready.
German cookie-maker Bahlsen has scrapped plans to cancel its production of seasonal Christmas goodies. The firm said it had been forced to reverse the decision, after being surprised by public reaction to the move.
Nigeria is often depicted as being split between Muslims and Christians. But in Adamawa, where a state of emergency was declared to counter an Islamist insurgency, members of both faiths celebrate Christmas together.
Cheerful decorations, good food and gifts for the children are part of the traditional Greek Christmas. But as the country's financial crisis continues to wreak havoc, the country is in for a scaled-back holiday in 2012.
Ann's mum is from Germany so they celebrated some of the German Christmas traditions at their house. The excitement started in anticipation of St Nick to come on December 6.
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