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Santa across the globe

Salem Sanfilippo Solindas and Maddy Bergstrom

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1.) United States- Good old St. Nick, or Santa Claus, can be seen the night of Christmas Eve, or Dec. 24, in a red sleigh with nine reindeer delivering gifts down the chimney.

2.) South Africa- Father Christmas, more commonly known as Vader Kersfees, wears a red coat and has a white beard. He is often seen riding a camel as he delivers his gifts.

3.) Italy- La Befana is depicted as an old woman with magical powers who delivers gifts on Epiphany Eve, or Jan. 5. She is often seen on a broomstick, carrying a bag of presents on her back.

4.) Norway- Along with their own Santa Claus, or Julenissens, a Nisse can be seen around the holiday season. Nisse, also known as their Christmas Knome, is a mythological creature no more than three feet tall with a long white beard. In modern day he is a gift bearer, often seen with a Yule goat for a companion.

5.) Germany- Weihnachtsmann is the German depiction of Santa Claus, who can be seen with his counter part Knecht Ruprecht, or the Bogeyman.

6.) Russia- On the eve of the New Year, Dec. 31 Ded Moroz, or Grandfather Frost, can be seen accompanied by Snegurochka, or Snow Maiden, delivering gifts to the children in Russia.

7.) Australia- Though they have a traditional Santa Claus, a Drop Bear can also be seen falling out of Christmas trees on Christmas Eve to leave gifts for the children. Their Santa is either seen in his sleigh pulled by reindeer or at times in a Ute pulled by eight kangaroos.

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