Every year in December, the hamlet of Wieda in the Harz region is transformed. Twenty life-sized manger scenes appear in gardens and garages, depicting the birth of Jesus in a stable in Bethlehem, the source of the Christian Christmas festival.
In the heart of hipster Berlin, a few pockets of old-school comfort remain, where Berliners and visitors alike can mingle, beer or whisky in hand. Typical for Berlin, even these oases are eclectic and multicultural.
As Bethlehem gears up for the biggest day of the year when thousands of tourists flock to the West Bank's cradle of Christianity, the West Bank town is still reeling from a severe storm and economic uncertainty.
Southeast Asian artists rarely hit it big in Western charts, but not for a lack of talent, says hip-hop label owner Jason Schadt. The Canadian emcee settled in Malaysia, leaving behind the insularity he observes at home.
Berlin is a match for many cities in many things - and its admittedly modest yuletide illuminations are no exception. DW's Tamsin Walker is enchanted by the understated approach to the seasonal festival of lights.
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