The Bundesliga's great and good have been out and about in their local communities this Christmas.
So settle down with a mug of something warm as bundesliga.com brings you some football-inspired festive fun and good cheer.
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As is tradition at Borussia Dortmund, players and coaches made the annual trip to the local children's hospital. BVB fan favourites Marco Reus and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were among those bringing the gift of joy in difficult times.
James Rodriguez has been getting into the Christmas spirit — and keeping the Bavarian winter at bay — in training, but while the Bayern Munich squad are still gearing up for the Yuletide, other clubs have already made a start on bringing glad tidings to all Bundesliga fans everywhere.
RB Leipzig boss Ralph Hasenhüttl and his club have taken part in Operation Christmas Child, packing up shoeboxes for youngsters in need around the globe. Closer to home, last season’s Bundesliga runners-up were out in force to spread some early Christmas cheer at a local festive season market.
#OFC-Weihnachtsmarkt am Cottaweg! 🎅🎄 Es gab Bratwurst, Glühwein und jede Menge Autogramme. Rund 1.000 OFC-Mitglieder und ihre Familien waren zum Weihnachtsmarkt ins #RBLTrainingszentrum gekommen. #RBLFans12 #Bulli pic.twitter.com/bxEgRduOOR— RB Leipzig (@DieRotenBullen) 28 November 2017
A number of Cologne players brought smiles to the faces of children at a local hospital, giving the youngsters caps, scarves and more than the occasional selfie and signature.
Asked by a young fan of Albanian origin for news of former team-mate Mergim Mavraj, goalkeeper Thomas Kessler phoned the Hamburg man, who then FaceTimed with the youngster. “This event is marked in the calendar and is a given for us,” said coach Peter Stöger of the annual visit. “We’re happy to be here again.”
The Hoffenheim squad have also been out meeting their fans ahead of Christmas with Sandro Wagner, Havard Nordtveit and Co. heading to the annual dinners held by the club’s supporters’ groups.
Thorgan Hazard, Yann Sommer and Oscar Wendt were among the Borussia Mönchengladbach players who joined their fans on Sunday afternoon, just hours after beating Bayern Munich. No wonder everyone was smiling…
Members of the wolf pack delivered 250 presents to less fortunate children in the city of Wolfsburg. Gifts were left under six trees dotted around the Volkswagen Arena, as well as the majestic fir outside the town hall.
Felix Uduokhai and Yunus Malli also paid a surprise visit to the local children's hospital.
Hertha and their club partners have gone above and beyond this Christmas, warming the hearts of men, women and children of all ages in the capital.
In one of their many spirited endeavours in the wider community, Hertha defender Sebastian Langkamp visited one of the city's emergency shelters for the homeless.
Basti #Langkamp besuchte die Notübernachtung für Obdachlose in der Residenzstraße, brachte Spenden und fachsimpelte mit den Bewohnern! https://t.co/YRgvLjCq7p #hahohe #hahohe pic.twitter.com/sGwmMtOSFq— Hertha BSC (@HerthaBSC) December 11, 2017
Augsburg boss Manuel Baum was getting into the spirit of things, selling traditional mulled wine at the city’s Christmas market. A number of players will do the same in the build-up to Santa Claus’ arrival with the club donating €0.50 to a local charity for every drink bought.
WAGS often get a bad press, but the better halves of the Hannover squad deserve a great deal of credit for making the dreams of children at a local hospital come true.
After seeing pieces of paper on which the kids, aged between six and 18, had written their Christmas wishes, Anne-Kathrin Ertl, the girlfriend of H96 left-back Matthias Ostrzolek, mobilised the Hannover players’ wives and girlfriends to make some of those wishes come true.
Tolle Aktion! 👏 In der Vorweihnachtszeit unterstützen unsere #H96-Spielerfrauen ein Projekt, bei dem kleinen Patienten im Kinderkrankenhaus auf der Bult Weihnachtswünsche erfüllt werden: 👉 https://t.co/Z2hOU8qhlS! 🤶🎄✨ #NiemalsAllein ⚫️⚪️💚 pic.twitter.com/Bktm976mRm— Hannover 96 (@Hannover96) 27 November 2017