As Santa Claus prepares for his annual 466 million kilometre round trip to deliver yuletide cheer to the children of the world. The contrast between the haves and have nots is cruelly exposed by the economic crisis.
In the picturesque city of Heidelberg Germans enjoy the ritual of the traditional Christmas market.
Artisanal handicrafts, gluehwein and grilled sausages are on offer as shoppers pick up last minute gifts before the big day.
In the cash-strapped Greek capital Athens crowds gathered to donate clothes, food and toys to help those hardest hit by the crisis.
The city’s mayor George Kaminis called on the residents to help those in need.
Red Cross volunteers were on hand to accept the donations, which will then be distributed across the city.
Christmas may come and go, but economic doom and gloom are here to stay…at least for the foreseeable future.