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Grab a mug of gluhwein and celebrate the season

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Bakers Dirk Willkomm, left, and Torsten Richter, right, prepare an enormous traditional Christmas cake in Dresden, Germany. The next step in the process.....

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...is a dusting (or dumping?) of sugar before the opening of the 20th Dresden Stollen Festival.

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Germany’s oldest Christkindlesmarkt (Christ Child Market) on its opening day in Nuremberg. The first official record of this pre-Christmas market dates back to 1628.

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Teresa Treuheit begins her reign as the Christmas angel on the balcony of the Church of Our Lady at the Old Town in Nuremberg, southern Germany.

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Shop for ornaments .... ..

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and more ornaments ......

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and even more ornaments at these Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt (Christ Child Market) stalls.

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Or head into Berlin’s main shopping mall – Kurfuerstendamm – that’s all decked out for Christmas.

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More of Kurfuerstendamm Boulevard’s holiday glow.

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Who wouldn’t take a selfie in front of this seasonal light show in Berlin?

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Norway sent the tree that stands before Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate.

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