What are Germans wishing for this Christmas? In many churches, people write their Christmas wishes on small slips of paper and pin them up on the prayer wall.
Christmas without gifts, dinner, or a tree? This is the reality for many poor people in Germany, and charity donations have to step in where the state fails.
Even predominantly Hindu and Muslim countries deck the halls and department store windows during the traditional Christian holiday. For retailers, especially, this makes the season's profits all the more merry.
Former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden has warned of the loss of the private sphere in the so-called 'Alternative Christmas Message.' It was his first major media appearance since claiming asylum in Russia.
It's "Silent Night" in cyberspace: tablets and smartphones have long been high on German Christmas lists. But when it comes to this year's shopping, one of the most highly demanded products isn't even available yet.
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