What you need to know about Nikolaus: the saint who gave gifts before Santa

What you need to know about Nikolaus: the saint who gave gifts before Santa

On the night of December 5th, children across Germany will leave out a boot for an old, bearded bloke to fill with sweets and treats. It's definitely not Santa, though. So who's handing out the gifts this weekend?

German word of the day: Der Adventskalender

German word of the day: Der Adventskalender

Opening the door to holiday torture

Opening the door to holiday torture

German Advent word of the day: Die Plätzchen

German Advent word of the day: Die Plätzchen

How Germany invented Christmas as we know it
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How Germany invented Christmas as we know it

Turn on the bright lights: Christmas houses shine throughout Germany

Turn on the bright lights: Christmas houses shine throughout Germany

Your essential guide for doing Christmas just like a German

Your essential guide for doing Christmas just like a German

German trendsetters rent out live Christmas trees

German trendsetters rent out live Christmas trees

Berlin church plans ‘Star Wars’ Christmas service

Berlin church plans ‘Star Wars’ Christmas service

‘Muslim’ Advent calendar causes Facebook fury

‘Muslim’ Advent calendar causes Facebook fury

Alternative Advent calendar puts fitness first

Alternative Advent calendar puts fitness first

Five foolproof steps to do Advent like a German

Five foolproof steps to do Advent like a German

Advent candles start retirement home fire

Advent candles start retirement home fire