In most Christian countries, Christmas is the most special time of the year. Though the most important ingredients of Christmas across the world are the same—festive cheer, family time and delicious food—each country has its own special way of celebrating this magical festival On the night of Dec. 5, children clean and polish their shoes and leave them outside the door before going to sleep. Next morning, they find them filled with nuts, candy, and small gifts from St. Nicholas. He also makes an appearance in shopping malls. The Advent calendar is an important countdown to Christmas for German children. Every day for four weeks preceding Christmas, a window in the advent calendar is opened to reveal a poem, parts of a story, candy or a small gift. Advent wreaths were started by German Lutherans in the 16th century, and today the wreath is still an icon of Christmas in Germany. The wreath consists of four candles in a bed of pine cones, berries, dried flowers and Christmas ornaments. So too are Christmas angels. They are put up on Christmas trees and all around the house at Christmas time. Christmas season in Germany is not complete without mugs of steaming hot Glühwein which is ...