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Various Santas before Christmas

Santa and ballons

About 280 volunteers wearing Santa Claus outfits release balloons into the sky during a photo call by an insurance company in Seoul December 17, 2008. The volunteer Santa Clauses will deliver Christmas gifts to premature babies. Full story

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Santa Claus, also known as Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, or simply "Santa", is the legendary and mythical figure who, in many Western cultures, brings gifts to good children on Christmas Eve.

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2008-12-25 03:53:51 GMT Xinhua English

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A diver in a Santa Claus outfit holds a leopard shark during a feeding round at an aquarium in Chiang Mai province, 700 km (435 miles) north of Bangkok, Dec. 24,2008. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)



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A man dressed as Santa Claus poses with women and children in front of the Monument to the Revolution as part of Christmas celebrations in Mexico City Dec. 23, 2008. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)



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A man dressed as Santa Claus reacts with bathers during the 64th Christmas swim in Nice, southeastern France, Dec. 21, 2008.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)



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An elephant dressed as Santa Claus performs for students during Christmas celebrations at Jirasart school in Ayutthaya province, 70 km (44 miles) north of Bangkok Dec. 23, 2008.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)



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A man dressed in Santa Claus costume feeds a goat during a news conference leading up to Christmas celebrations at Dusit Zoo in Bangkok Dec. 23, 2008.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)



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Israeli-Arab Issa Kassissieh, dressed as Santa Claus, carries a Christmas tree outside the Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem Dec. 23, 2008.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)



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Train crew wearing Santa Claus outfits give presents to passengers during a photo call as a part of Christmas event at a train in Jecheon, about 168 km (104 miles) southeast of Seoul, Dec. 23, 2008. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)



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People dressed up as Santa Claus enjoy a water scooter ride in a lake ahead of Christmas celebrations in the central Indian city of Bhopal Dec. 23, 2008.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)



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Students dressed as Santa Claus take part in a march, organised by Christian churches, to celebrate Christmas in Damascus Dec. 23, 2008.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)



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A group of volunteers dressed as Father Frost, equivalent to Santa Claus, dance in central square of Kiev Dec. 20, 2008.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)



Bucharest wins world record for most numerous Santa Clauses

2008-12-22 03:49:38 GMT Xinhua English Around 4,000 Romanians dressed as Santa Claus participate in an event attempting to win the Guinness World Record for the most numerous Santa Clauses in one town, in front of the Romania's Parliament Palace in Bucharest December 21, 2008. Bucharest won the world record.

Santa Claus demonstrate in Nice

2008-12-18 10:27:21 GMT SINA.com French anti-fur group 'Fur Torture' activists, dressed in Santa Claus outfits, demonstrate in Nice, Southern France, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008, with signs showing animals skinned alive. Activists protested the horrors and suffering hidden behind the glamour of fur and asked Christmas shoppers to make a compassionate choice.

Santa Claus rides an ostrich at a zoo

2008-12-18 09:58:23 GMT SINA.com A zoo worker dressed up as Santa Claus rides an ostrich at a zoo in Wuhan, central China's Hubei province, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008.

Santa swim

2008-12-18 09:55:40 GMT SINA.com Santa swim : Two swimmers dressed as Santa Claus pose prior to compete the 71st "Coupe de Noel" Christmas swimming cup at Lake Geneva.(AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)

Animals in Santa Claus outfits

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Dogs dressed in a Santa Claus outfit

2008-12-18 10:05:31 GMT SINA.com Bacchus, left, and Irish, both Schnauzer dogs, dressed in a Santa Claus outfit, pose during a fundraising event in suburban Manila, Philippines, on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008. The event is aimed to help an animal rehabilitation center for over 500 dogs and cats which were said to have been rescued from cruelty or neglect.

Dog dressed in a Santa Claus costume

2008-12-18 09:59:54 GMT SINA.com A dog dressed in a Santa Claus costume is pictured during a parade in the streets of Porto December 13, 2008. More than fourteen thousand people dressed as Santa Claus marched on Sunday afternoon in downtown Porto, according to the organisers of the event Taleading. (Nacho Doce/Reuters)

Peru Guinea Pig dressed as Santa Claus

2008-12-18 09:48:00 GMT SINA.com A Peru Guinea Pig, dressed as Santa Claus, is displayed during a Guinea Pig feast in Callao, Monday, Dec. 15, 2008. Officials in the coastal Peruvian province of Callao hailed the Guinea Pig, an Andean rodent, as a low-cost, low-fat alternative to a traditional turkey or roast pork Christmas dinner. (AP Photo/Karel Navarro)

Sealion wears Santa hat for Christmas

2008-12-16 03:14:32 GMT Xinhua English A sealion wearing Santa hat performs beside a Christmas tree during a Christmas show at the aquarium in Tokyo, Japan December 15, 2008.

Orangutan wears Santa Claus outfit

2008-12-15 09:21:41 GMT China Daily An orangutan wears Santa Claus outfit during a promotional event for the Christmas holiday season at Malabon Zoo in Manila December 14, 2008.

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Firefighter Santa thrills hundreds of Miami kids with toys

2008-12-18 10:35:12 GMT SINA.com For the 23rd year in a row, the Miami Firefighters Benevolent Association -- and Santa Claus -- spent most of Wednesday handing out toys to children across Miami.

Santa gets parking ticket while delivering toys

2008-12-18 10:32:20 GMT SINA.com Santa Claus has added a New York City traffic agent to his naughty list after she gave him a ticket while delivering gifts to children.

Technology helps Santa make magic, scientist says

2008-12-16 06:38:59 GMT SINA.com Ever wondered how Santa Claus can travel around the world in just one night on his reindeer-pulled sleigh and deliver toys to all the children?

Teacher tells class that Santa isn't real

2008-12-12 05:57:23 GMT China Daily A primary school teacher left a class of 25 pupils in tears when she told them Santa Claus does not exist.

Country faces Santa shortage

2008-11-28 07:13:26 GMT China Daily Wanted: Cheerful, chubby men, preferably with fluffy white beards and no criminal record, ready to work hard for one month.