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-  Make your list and check it twice  (© Daniel Schoenen/Aurora Photos)

Last-minute holiday shopping doesn’t look so stressful here at Ravennaschlucht Christmas market in the Black Forest region of southwest Germany. The tradition of attending a local Christmas market, or Christkindlmarkt, dates back to the Germany of the Middle Ages, and remains a popular holiday custom. At these outdoor gatherings visitors stock up on baked goods and crafts, enjoy entertainment, and sip mulled wine. Prost!