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pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 17,468
Here are some other Santas - the article is from the wonderful Siberian Times which was recommended to us by dachalover http://siberiantimes.com/other/others/features/f0196-merry-western-christmas-from-siberia-where-santa-is-not-always-red/
Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.

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  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 17,468
    Sorry don't know why the thread won't link. No smilies either.
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 17,468
  • B3B3 Posts: 14,992

    What beautiful costumes!

    Beats our polyester and plastic tradition.

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Here in The Netherlands we have the original Saint Nicholas, or Sinterklaas as he is called here. image 

    Apparently Santa developed from him, when European people brought the tradition with them to America.

    Sinterklaas doesn't come on Christmas day, but on the 5th of December, which is the eve of his birthday.

    Tradition has it that he arrives on his boat from Spain somewhere at the end of November, together with his faithful helper Black Peter.

    He then rides over the rooftops at night on his white horse, called Amerigo, and drops presents for the children through the chimney.

    His official arrival in the country is always shown live on national TV and there is even an official Sinterklaas news bulletin on TV every day during the time he is in the country.

    Here are some pictures of when he arrived here in my home town this year. If you click on "verder" at the bottom of the pictures you'll get more pictures, including some with his horse.

    http://stichtingsint.erjaprod.nl/intocht-2015.html

    He always brings loads of traditional sweets with him, but the really old-fashioned ones are ever more difficult to find in the shops, so I spend lots of time every year making my own.image

    In countries like Germany and Austria Nikolaus, as he is called there,  is accompanied by a very scary creature called Krampus, which is some sort of evil spirit.

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 17,468

    Wow, thank you for that kleipieper, it's fascinating.image

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 64,498

    Thank you Pansyface and Kleipieper ... and Merry Christmas image

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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 35,103

    So much classier - those Russian outfits....image

    Lovley kleipieper  image

    Beats the 'Coca Cola' Santa and 'Happy Holidays' ( image ) into a cocked hat doesn't it? image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Thanks to Pansyface and to Kleipieper: delightful digressions sure makes 'western' derivatives look tame by comparison!! [Not sure that I fancy -40 temperatures, [same either Celsius or Farenheit scales] - plus 10 C is more the mark for Coastal SouthWest Pembrokeshire + rain today!! Happy Christmas & Joyous New Year to All!!

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