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.
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”.
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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