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Soldiers and families get into the holiday spirit in Germany

Crowds gather around the Christmas tree during the holiday tree lighting ceremony at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019.

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By MARTIN EGNASH | STARS AND STRIPES Published: December 4, 2019

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – Hundreds of soldiers and family members bundled up and braved the cold for the holiday tree lighting ceremony at an Army base in Germany on Tuesday.

The Grafenwoehr Christmas tree lighting celebration marked the beginning of the holiday season for the thousands of troops stationed at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria.

During the festivities Santa Claus and his German counterpart St. Nicholas gave gifts to children while the adults enjoyed German Christmas specialties like warm Gluehwein and Lebkuchen (mulled wine and gingerbread).

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German and American soldiers and family members stand in line to get traditional German Christmas foods and drinks during the holiday tree lighting ceremony at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019.
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St. Nicholas talks to a little girl during the holiday tree lighting ceremony at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019.
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