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TOPSHOT - Italian SUP (Stand up Paddle) surfer Federico Piccinaglia dressed as Santa Claus poses with his board on December 1, 2015 in Levanto, near La Spezia. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORIN / AFP / OLIVIER MORINOLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images

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Faces of Santa

See the many ways St. Nick spreads holiday cheer around the world.

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Iraq

A man dressed in a Santa Claus outfit performs in the Shiite holy city of Najaf on December 17, 2015. AFP PHOTO / HAIDAR HAMDANIHAIDAR HAMDANI/AFP/Getty Images
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South Korea

TOPSHOT - A Buddhist monk wearing a Santa hat walks past a Christmas tree during a lighting ceremony at the main gate of Jogye Temple in Seoul on December 16, 2015. South Korean Buddhists have been celebrating Christmas to show harmony among different religions in Korea. Christmas is one of the biggest holidays celebrated in South Korea with Christians forming over half the population. AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE / AFP / JUNG YEON-JEJUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images
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Image: Rescuers dressed as Santa Claus and Father Frost climb at Stolby National Nature Reserve during a training session of Russian Emergencies Ministry outside Krasnoyarsk

Russia

A member of the \"Sibspas\" Siberian search and rescue group dressed as Santa Claus (L), shakes hands with his teammate, dressed as Father Frost, the Russian equivalent of Santa Claus, as they climb to the rock named \"The Fourth Stolb\" (the Fourth Pillar) at the Stolby National Nature Reserve during a training session of the Russian Emergencies Ministry outside Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, Russia December 15, 2015. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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Image: Michelle Obama, Stephen Orzechowski, Santa Claus

Washington D.C., USA

First lady Michelle Obama sits with Stephen Orzechowski, 5, center, and Santa Claus as she reads \"Twas the Night Before Christmas\" to a group of children at the Children’s National Health System in Washington, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. Her appearance continued a first lady tradition that dates back more than 60 years to Bess Truman, who first brought holiday cheer to children not well enough to leave the hospital in time for Christmas. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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Germany

BERLIN, GERMANY - DECEMBER 14: Children at a migrant shelter stand in line to receive presents from a volunteer dressed as Santa Claus on December 14, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. Germany is expected to see the arrival of one million conflict-fleeing migrants by the end of the year, more than four times the total for all of the previous one. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
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Image: Runners participate in a three kilometers long charity event called \"Santa Run\" in Stockholm

Sweden

Runners participate in a three kilometers long charity event called \"Santa Run\" in Stockholm, Sweden, December 13, 2015. REUTERS/Fredrik Sandberg/TT News Agency ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. SWEDEN OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN SWEDEN. NO COMMERCIAL SALES.
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Venezuela

People take part in the Santa Claus Run in Caracas on December 13, 2015. AFP PHOTO/JUAN BARRETOJUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images
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Italy

TOPSHOT - People gather near the ancient Colosseo to take part in a Santa Claus ride for charity on December 13, 2015 in Rome. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSGABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images
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Spain

MADRID, SPAIN - DECEMBER 12: Participants run along Castellana Street during the fourth edition of the yearly Santa Claus 'Papa Noel' race on December 12, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. Around ten thousand adults dressed as Santa Claus and children dressed as elves turned out to take part in the 5.5 kilometres, breaking the world record for the race with the most competitors dressed as Santa Claus. Part of the earnings will be donated to the Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis of Madrid. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
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Italy

TOPSHOT - Italian SUP (Stand up Paddle) surfer Federico Piccinaglia dressed as Santa Claus poses with his board on December 1, 2015 in Levanto, near La Spezia. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORIN / AFP / OLIVIER MORINOLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images
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Image: Santa divers in Seoul

South Korea

epa05062694 A South Korean diver wearing a Santa Claus costume swims in a tank during an event at the Coex Aquarium in Seoul, South Korea, 10 December 2015. EPA/KIM HEE-CHUL
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Texas, USA

Braden Dirden asks Santa Claus what his favorite color is during a question and answer session with Santa and his wife, Mrs. Claus, after being read \"The Night Before Christmas\" and \"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,\" Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015, at the Ector County Library in Odessa, Texas. (Edyta Blaszczyk/Odessa American via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
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Maine, USA

Skiers and snowboarders dressed as Santa take a run en masse at the Sunday River ski resort, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, in Newry, Maine. Skiers with full Santa outfits got free lift tickets for donating $15 to the Sunday River Community Fund. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
Robert F. Bukaty / AP
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Australia

Hundreds of runners in Santa costumes participate in a fun race at the Sydney Harbour on December 6, 2015. The Santa Claus-themed race was organised to raise funds for sick, disadvantaged and special needs children in the spirit of the holiday season. AFP PHOTO / Saeed KHANSAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images
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Image: Santa on a scooter

Germany

epaselect epa05053878 A picture made available on 04 December 2015 shows a man dressed as Santa riding a scooter on his way back from a Christmas party near Laubbach, Germany, 03 December 2015. EPA/THOMAS WARNACK
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Indiana, USA

In this Nov. 25, 2015 photo provided by Donnie Walters, Walters' son Zeke snuggles up on Santa's lap during a visit to a shopping mall in Evansville, Ind. Walters said his son fell asleep waiting in line and when they go to Santa, he asked him not to wake the boy. Santa leaned back in the big green chair with Zeke and a copy of The Night Before Christmas posing for a photo that makes it look like the pair fell asleep. (AP Photo via Donnie Walters)
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Philippines

In this Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015 photo, a Filipino boy stands beside giant Santa Claus figures in the compound of a house lit by thousands of Christmas lights in Cainta, Rizal province, east of Manila, Philippines. The house is drawing huge crowds, especially during weekends, with visitors using the bright lights and festive Christmas decors as their backdrop for selfies with families and friends. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
Aaron Favila / AP
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California, USA

HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 29: Grumpy Cat (L) and Santa attend 2015 Hollywood Christmas Parade on November 29, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for The Hollywood Christmas Parade)
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