Tourists dressed as Santa hit Jerusalem for Orthodox Christmas | AFP

Some 50 people from around the world descend upon Jerusalem dressed as Santa Claus to celebrate Orthodox Christmas. The tour of the Holy Land included a swim in the Dead Sea, south of the West Bank city of Jericho.

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Mexico: Volunteers spread Christmas cheer to migrant children | AFP

In his traditional white beard and red suit, Santa Claus arrives in the border city of Juarez in to give toys to Mexican and Central American migrant children who, along with their parents, are camping in terrible conditions as they wait and hope to receive asylum in the United States.

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NORAD tracks Santa Claus on trip around the world

For the 64th time, a wildly popular program run by the U.S. and Canadian militaries is providing real-time updates on Santa’s progress. And this year, NORAD is offering even more high-tech ways for children and parents to follow along. (Dec. 24)

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Why Rich New Yorkers Created Santa Claus

Santa Claus dominates the media during the holiday season as a big-time brand influencer. But the corporate-shill Santa we know today wasn’t always like this. He used to be a poor monk in Turkey who initially wasn’t even associated with Christmas. But this all changed when a few upper-crust New Yorkers decided to rebrand the holiday as something more “tasteful.” They used poetry and political comics to make Santa the face of Christmas, and he has been ever since.

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History of Father Christmas | AFP Animé

The Father Christmas we know today didn’t always look the same…legend has it that the man also known as Santa Claus was originally a bishop called Saint Nicolas from Myre, now part of modern-day Turkey.VIDEOGRAPHIC

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Santa Claus floats to Tel Aviv on his standup paddleboard | AFP

Harout Torossian, an Israeli lifeguard from the Armenian Orthodox Christian minority dressed up as Santa Claus, standup paddleboards along a beach in the Mediterranean coastal Israeli city of Tel Aviv as Christians around the world prepare to celebrate the holy day.

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Santa Claus visits Jerusalem on camelback | AFP

Riding his camel, Santa Claus, a Palestinian with a red suit and a white beard, roams the streets of the Old City of Jerusalem, greeting people and wishing them a Merry Christmas.

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Santa gets chopper ride to remote Alaska village

Members of the Alaska Air National Guard flew to a rural village recently with a special mission, delivering some early Christmas cheer and a visit from Santa Claus to schoolchildren and their families. (Dec. 11)

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Oh, what fun it is to ski with Santas | AFP

Hundreds of skiers dress up as Santa Claus to ride down the slopes of the Sunday River resort in Newry, Maine, as part of an event to raise money for the River Fund charity, which supports youth education and recreation.

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Christmas in ruins: Santas barely find kids to hand presents to in devastated Mosul

Men dressed as Santa Claus walking through a ruined city may seem like a scene from a post-apocalyptic movie, but that’s how Christmas looks in Mosul, a former ISIS stronghold leveled to the ground in a US-backed liberation op. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9lg4

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The end of Christmas for Brazil’s Santa impersonators

Santa Claus impersonators gather in Rio de Janeiro for an event called “Barbas de Molho” (“Beards at rest”), where they trim their beards to mark the end of the duties after the Christmas celebrations.

Santa sends Christmas message from Lapland

(24 Dec 2018) As Santa Claus prepares to deliver presents to good little girls and boys around the world, he’s making a stop in Santa Claus village in the Finnish town or Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland, to deliver his own Christmas message. (Dec. 24)

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RAW: ‘Santa Claus’ protest over West Bank separation barrier in Bethlehem

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Palestinian activists dressed up in Santa Claus costumes held a rally against the separation barrier in Bethlehem on Sunday.

The protesters were filmed reaching the northern entrance checkpoint where they were denied passage by Israeli forces.

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Palestinians dressed as Santa Claus protest in Bethlehem

Palestinian activists dressed as Santa Claus and carrying Palestinian flags protest near an Israeli military checkpoint in Bethlehem. They distribute sweets to Palestinians working in Israel who are crossing the checkpoint back to Bethlehem.

Yellow Vests protest continues into the night, ‘Santa Claus’ joins in

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Some 8,000 police were deployed to the streets of Paris on Saturday, as Yellow Vests protesters demonstrated for the fifth consecutive weekend.

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Michelle Obama visits Colorado children’s hospital

(14 Dec 2018) Former U.S. first lady Michelle Obama visited Children’s Hospital Colorado in suburban Denver on Thursday. Mrs. Obama read “The Night Before Christmas,” answered questions from children and encouraged Santa Claus to get up and dance. (Dec. 14)

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Scuba Santa dives in San Francisco aquarium

(13 Dec 2018) It’s a busy time for Santa Claus, but he’s making time to scuba dive and feed the fish in San Francisco. The California Academy of Sciences launched its holiday festivities by having a diver dressed as Santa swim in the coral reef exhibit. (Dec. 13)

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Syrian Santas and artists bring Christmas spirit to Raqa

Syrians dressed as Santa Claus parade through the ruins of Islamic State group’s former bastion Raqa, leading a crowd to a Christmas mass in a church destroyed by fighting. “We are saying, ‘no to war, yes to life,'” says Farhad Khalil, one of a group of artists who have gathered with their easels to bring some colour back to the dilapidated city.

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