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.
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.
The Berlin they grew up in was completely different, run by either the Nazis or the communists. As the Prenzlauer Berg neighborhood now gentrifies, DW's Leah McDonnell speaks with those who were there first.
When it comes to grace, you might expect Berlin to transcend its littler Latin sister, Buenos Aires. Quite the opposite, says a Berlin native just back from Argentina's capital.
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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