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.
Baking cookies, drinking mulled wine, or listening to Christmas music - all these things enhance our anticipation of Christmas. But why does Christmas keep bringing a smile to most of our faces?
Leonel and José Orta from Caracas visit the city where Charlemagne once had his thrown – and also go to the Christmas market to sample the famous Aachen cookies called “Printen”.
Three-dimensional printers are used for many cutting-edge applications, from facial reconstruction to prosthetic limbs. But as costs plummet, 3-D printers are coming out of the research labs, and into shops and homes.
For more than two and a half million tourists in the pre-Christmas season, Dresden's Striezelmarkt is a major attraction. It's named for a pastry called “Striezel”, a forerunner of the Dresden Christmas Stollen.