Thursday, December 8, 2011

Santa Claus around the World

Sung Tan Chuk Ha

(Merry Christmas in Korean)

decorating the Cheonggyecheon stream,
Seoul, South Korea

I have had a little fun this morning checking out pictures of Christmas
and Santa Claus from around the world.
I found a very nice picture stream at

Here is another fun picture from Seoul, South Korea
with 2 divers in the Coex Aquarium having a bit of Santa Fun -

yep, those are Santa scuba diver outfits!

Here is a die-hard water ski fanatic,

Maryland National Harbor, Maryland, USA

Evidently some people cannot celebrate Christmas
without getting extremely cold and/or wet!

(I do not count myself in their group! Give me a nice warm fire....)

These popsicles are in the frozen Oranke Lake, Berlin, Germany.
They belong to an ice swim club "Seehunde Berlin".

and yes....that looks like a Mrs. Claus bikini to me!

Another waterlogged Santa:

feeding a sea turtle in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Although it IS nice to remember God's creatures on the special event
of God's gift to us - Jesus Christ.

"Woodland Santa"
A wonderful painting by one of my absolute faves -
Scott Gustafson.

You can find his incredible paintings at

Why not try your hand at drawing Santa Claus?

Thanks to Dover Publications for sharing!

I'm sure you all know that 'Santa Claus' is called many different names
throughout the world.

In many Eastern European countries,
he is called "Grandfather Frost"
and is accompanied by the "Snow Maiden".

Grandfather Frost (Ded Moroz) and the Snow Maiden (Snegurochka)
Minsk, Belarus

a Russian Saint Nicholas

Here is a traditional (to the USA) Santa Claus,
enjoying some extreme skiing -

Tim Lawler dressed as Santa Claus
Crested Butte, Colorado, USA

That's close to my stomping grounds!

a Palestinian boy lights a candle at Christmas Eve mass,
Gaza City, Palestinian territories

It is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas,
When it’s mighty Founder was a child Himself.”

--Charles Dickens

Jirasartwitthay elementary school -
Ayutthaya, Thailand

I have enjoyed this bit of international Santa Claus
and I have much more to share, later!

Have a great day,
and buy a small present for someone you don't usually give a gift to!


A mahout with his elephant at

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