Members of the "Yeti Divers" club in the town of Wittlich in Rheinland-Pfalz have decorated a tree under water, in a five-meter-deep swimming pool. They did it to collect donations for a charity project.
It's become a tradition at the port of Hamburg. For the past 20 years, good Samaritans have been giving Christmas trees to sailors who have to be at sea over the holidays.
DW reflects on some of the best-known Christmas songs in the German speaking lands, examining their political, cultural and historical background. This time: "O Tannenbaum" (O Christmas Tree).
Bolstered by donations, European resort and dive operators are helping resilient islanders fix damage caused by Typhoon Haiyan on the idyllic Philippine island of Malapascua, or 'Bad Christmas,' in time for the holidays.
Around 30 million Christmas trees were sold in Germany last year. But as farmers keep planting the evergreens to meet demand, the German government is concerned about the impact of monoculture on the country's forests.
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