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Santa's workshop in eastern Germany

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A worker puts freshly-painted traditional Christmas toy figures on a tray for drying at Richard Glaesser factory in Seiffen, Germany, on Nov. 28.

The Erzgebirge region of eastern Germany has a long tradition of wood-working and it is particularly well-known for its Christmas toys, including incense smokers, nutcrackers and Christmas pyramids.

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An incense smoker at the at the Richard Glaesser factory in Seiffen, Germany, on Nov. 28.

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Painted heads of incense smokers at the Glaesser factory in Seifen.

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A worker fashions a "Spanbaum," a carved wooden tree, at the Glaesser factory in Seifen.

Tobias Schwarz / Reuters

A worker fashions a traditional wooden Christmas pyramid at the Glaesser factory in Seifen. The so-called pyramid, which rotates with the aid of hot air from a burning candle, is a popular part of the Christmas tradition in Germany.

Editor's note: Photos made available Dec. 10. 

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