Santa Claus

At Christmas Santa Claus can be seen everywhere, and sometimes there are crowds of wizards with a white beard. Santa Claus (born Santa Claus), that is, Saint Nicholas, the late North American tradition - the Santa Claus who gives presents to children at Christmas. The name of the American Santa Claus represents a distortion of the Dutch name of St. transcription. Nicholas. The birthplace of Santa Claus is Lapland. Although the cartoonist Thomas Nast, first developed the modern image of Santa, pointed out in his animated stories that Homeland of Santa Claus - the North Pole.

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We invite you to look at Santa Claus, who was photographed in various parts of the world. In the photo: Santa Claus and sturgeon in San Diego, California, December 15, 2011. (Mike Aguilera / SeaWorld San Diego via Getty Images)

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Beluga in the hat of Santa Claus in an aquarium entertainment center "Hakkeijima Sea Paradise" in Yokohama, Japan, November 19, 2011. (AP Photo / Itsuo Inouye)

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Seven-month Olivia Rach sitting on the lap of Santa Claus, a little nervous. In the role of Santa - an actor with a decade of experience, David Warren. London Shopping Centre Selfridges, December 7, 2011. (Reuters / Suzanne Plunkett)

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Nikolai Vasilev dressed as Santa (Father Christmas) is going to water ski on the river Yenisei near Krasnoyarsk, December 22, 2011. 58-year-old Vasiliev, a teacher working in Krasnoyarsk Aerospace University, he designed and built these extraordinary skiing. (Reuters / Ilya Naymushin)

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About 700 Santa Claus participate in the third race in the Michendorfer Nikolaus Lauf Mihendorfe, Germany, December 4, 2011. (Reuters / Tobias Schwarz)

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Santa Claus, who arrived from Lapland to India, welcomes local residents a traditional gesture of "namaste" at New Delhi, December 17, 2011. Santa took part in the festive opening of the 4,000 trees recycled plastic bottles. (Prakash Singh / AFP / Getty Images)

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Santa Claus with reindeer and sleigh in the park near Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland, December 15, 2011. (Jonathan Nackstrand / AFP / Getty Images)

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Santa Claus at a table in his office, Lapland, Finland, December 14, 2011. (Jonathan Nackstrand / AFP / Getty Images)

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Participants of the "half-naked race Sant" in Budapest, Hungary, December 11, 2011. (Reuters / Laszlo Balogh)

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Santa Claus is on the wall of ancient Jerusalem, Palestine, December 21, 2011. (Gali Tibbon / AFP / Getty Images)

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The participants of a charity run warm up in the park in Battersea London, December 3, 2011. In the campaign to raise funds for disabled athletes took part in 1600. (Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images)

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One of the 250 St., participating in a charity race on skis in Newry, Maine, December 4, 2011. To qualify for the race, each participant had to be dressed in full costume Santa and donate at least $ 10 in favor of poor children. (AP Photo / Robert F. Bukaty)

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Chief Thomas Darder, Jr., Native American Santa in Dyulake, Louisiana, December 18, 2011. Indian Santa under the "Toys for children from the Marine Corps". (AP Photo / The Houma Courier, Julia Rendleman)

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Juraj Cole dressed as Santa at the Harley Davidson motorcycle drives past a playground "Toddler Town" in East Alton, Illinois, December 1, 2011. (AP Photo / The Telegraph, Margie M. Barnes)

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Students dressed as Santa Claus stood in the form of stars, Henna, India, December 10, 2011. 1500 children from 3 to 5 years of trying to set Guinness World Record. (Reuters / Babu)

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People dressed as Santa Claus take part in a charity swim in the town of Portrush in Northern Ireland, December 18, 2011. (Reuters / Cathal McNaughton)

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Santa Claus Christmas Tree forwards on board the ship in Hamburg, Germany, December 8, 2011. (Daniel Bockwoldt / AFP / Getty Images)

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Crocodiles with a crocodile farm in Manila attacked the Santa pants. The Philippines, December 16, 2011. According to Roman Catholic tradition, is starting to play Christmas tunes in supermarkets in September. (Reuters / Romeo Ranoco)

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Santa Claus hugs patient hospital San Juan de Dios in Guatemala, December 12, 2011. (Reuters / Jorge Dan Lopez)