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In Pics: Christmas Wishes from Santas Around the World

World | Reuters | December 24, 2020, 9:04 pm
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 A red suit with white trim and a silky beard has long been Santa's trademark style, but the jolly figure bringing holiday cheer around the world comes in many guises, much like the varied shapes and sizes of the Christmas presents he bears. But one wish unites all Santas, from Lebanon to Nigeria, in this year decimated by the coronavirus pandemic.<br /><br />Alejandro Zelayaran dressed as Santa Claus, gestures as he poses for a photograph on a street in Mexico City, Mexico.
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A red suit with white trim and a silky beard has long been Santa's trademark style, but the jolly figure bringing holiday cheer around the world comes in many guises, much like the varied shapes and sizes of the Christmas presents he bears. But one wish unites all Santas, from Lebanon to Nigeria, in this year decimated by the coronavirus pandemic.

Alejandro Zelayaran dressed as Santa Claus, gestures as he poses for a photograph on a street in Mexico City, Mexico. "Faith and hope must move the heart of the humanity," said Zelayaran, who will don a face shield when he distributes dolls and other gifts at an orphanage in Mexico City. "I want to see families taking care of each other and knowing that even from afar, love and hope always survive." (Image: Reuters)

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 Santa Claus Limachem Cherem, who runs a school for Santas in Rio de Janeiro, poses for a photograph wearing a face mask amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at a studio where he does online interactions with children and records videos in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Cherem encourages people to reach out to each other.
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Santa Claus Limachem Cherem, who runs a school for Santas in Rio de Janeiro, poses for a photograph wearing a face mask amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at a studio where he does online interactions with children and records videos in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Cherem encourages people to reach out to each other. "Get on the phone, send messages, it doesn't cost much with the internet," he said. "Since we can't hug in person, send a message of peace to a friend. He needs it, while he is at home." (Image: Reuters)

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 Santa Claus Limachem Cherem, who runs a school for Santas in Rio de Janeiro, poses for a photograph at a studio where he does online interactions with children and records videos, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Image: Reuters)
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Santa Claus Limachem Cherem, who runs a school for Santas in Rio de Janeiro, poses for a photograph at a studio where he does online interactions with children and records videos, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Image: Reuters)

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 Oliver Levi-Malouf poses for a photograph dressed as a drag queen Santa at The Imperial Hotel in Sydney, Australia. (Image: Reuters)
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Oliver Levi-Malouf poses for a photograph dressed as a drag queen Santa at The Imperial Hotel in Sydney, Australia. (Image: Reuters)

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 Dana Friedman poses for a portrait in Brooklyn, New York, US. (Image: Reuters)
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Dana Friedman poses for a portrait in Brooklyn, New York, US. (Image: Reuters)

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 Dana Friedman poses for a photograph in Brooklyn, New York, US. (Image: Reuters)
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Dana Friedman poses for a photograph in Brooklyn, New York, US. (Image: Reuters)

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 Daniel Edidiong, Santa Claus for Independent Television, poses for a photograph at the station in Abuja, Nigeria. (Image: Reuters)
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Daniel Edidiong, Santa Claus for Independent Television, poses for a photograph at the station in Abuja, Nigeria. (Image: Reuters)

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 Daniel Edidiong, Santa Claus for Independent Television, poses for a photograph at the station in Abuja, Nigeria. (Image: Reuters)
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Daniel Edidiong, Santa Claus for Independent Television, poses for a photograph at the station in Abuja, Nigeria. (Image: Reuters)

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 Vadim Lavrov, director-screenwriter, poses for a photograph in his Father Frost costume before performing for children with disabilities in Moscow, Russia. (Image: Reuters)
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Vadim Lavrov, director-screenwriter, poses for a photograph in his Father Frost costume before performing for children with disabilities in Moscow, Russia. (Image: Reuters)

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 Paul Dean, a personal trainer from Northwich, poses for a photograph dressed as Santa Claus with his bike that he uses to deliver Christmas presents to local villages in Davenham, Britain. (Image: Reuters)
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Paul Dean, a personal trainer from Northwich, poses for a photograph dressed as Santa Claus with his bike that he uses to deliver Christmas presents to local villages in Davenham, Britain. (Image: Reuters)

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 A combination picture shows Alejandro Zelayaran, 43, posing for photographs in his everyday clothing, dressed as Santa Claus, and a doll donated to him before giving it to a child at an orphanage, in Mexico City, Mexico. (Image: Reuters)
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A combination picture shows Alejandro Zelayaran, 43, posing for photographs in his everyday clothing, dressed as Santa Claus, and a doll donated to him before giving it to a child at an orphanage, in Mexico City, Mexico. (Image: Reuters)

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 Alejandro Zelayaran dressed as Santa Claus, wears a protective face shield as he poses for a photograph on a street in Mexico City, Mexico. (Image: Reuters)
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Alejandro Zelayaran dressed as Santa Claus, wears a protective face shield as he poses for a photograph on a street in Mexico City, Mexico. (Image: Reuters)

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 Aquarium curator and manager Daniel de Castro poses for a photograph in his Father Christmas scuba gear in the main fish tank at the Malta National Aquarium in Qawra, Malta. (Image: Reuters)
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Aquarium curator and manager Daniel de Castro poses for a photograph in his Father Christmas scuba gear in the main fish tank at the Malta National Aquarium in Qawra, Malta. (Image: Reuters)

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 Melissa Freiha dressed as Santa Claus poses for a photograph by her Christmas corner at her house in Mar Mikhael neighbourhood of Beirut, Lebanon. (Image: Reuters)
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Melissa Freiha dressed as Santa Claus poses for a photograph by her Christmas corner at her house in Mar Mikhael neighbourhood of Beirut, Lebanon. (Image: Reuters)

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 Santa Paradise Yamamoto, an authorized Santa Claus by the Greenland Santa Claus Association, wears his Santa Claus costume as he shows his key ring at his Gyoza dumplings restaurant in Tokyo, Japan. (Image: Reuters)
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Santa Paradise Yamamoto, an authorized Santa Claus by the Greenland Santa Claus Association, wears his Santa Claus costume as he shows his key ring at his Gyoza dumplings restaurant in Tokyo, Japan. (Image: Reuters)

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 Santa Paradise Yamamoto, an authorized Santa Claus by the Greenland Santa Claus Association, wears his Santa Claus costume as he poses for a photograph at his Gyoza dumplings restaurant in Tokyo, Japan. (Image: Reuters)
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Santa Paradise Yamamoto, an authorized Santa Claus by the Greenland Santa Claus Association, wears his Santa Claus costume as he poses for a photograph at his Gyoza dumplings restaurant in Tokyo, Japan. (Image: Reuters)

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 Dmitry Slektor, a pensioner who worked as a mechanic at a glass factory, pose for a photograph dressed as Santa Claus in his apartment in Almaty, Kazakhstan. (Image: Reuters)
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Dmitry Slektor, a pensioner who worked as a mechanic at a glass factory, pose for a photograph dressed as Santa Claus in his apartment in Almaty, Kazakhstan. (Image: Reuters)

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 Frederik Tholey of Weihnachstmann2Go poses for a photograph dressed as Santa Claus in his living room, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Berlin, Germany. (Image: Reuters)
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Frederik Tholey of Weihnachstmann2Go poses for a photograph dressed as Santa Claus in his living room, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Berlin, Germany. (Image: Reuters)

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 Kamal Krishna Bairagi poses for photographs dressed as Santa Claus at his home in Kolkata. (Image: Reuters)
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Kamal Krishna Bairagi poses for photographs dressed as Santa Claus at his home in Kolkata. (Image: Reuters)

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