Santa braves sardines, tear gas on Christmas trip

Associated Press

Published: Friday, Dec. 24 2010 3:29 p.m. MST

Pro-democracy protesters dressed as Santa Claus hold boxes containing greeting postcards which they have collected from supporters of the jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo before they send them to Liu near a post office in Hong Kong Friday, Dec. 24, 2010. The protesters demanded Chinese authorities to release the imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Kin Cheung, Associated Press

It's been a busy, busy day today for the plump man in red with wire glasses and a bushy white beard.

From Thailand to Peru, Bethlehem to the West Bank, Santa's been making his way around the globe delivering Christmas cheer — and a few tears — to people big and small.

Among his stops, Santa swam with sardines in Seoul, dressed up as an elephant in Ayutthaya, Thailand, and made a 2-year-old cry in Las Cruces, N.M.

Outside Ramallah, a Palestinian protester donning a Santa Claus costume dodged tear gas while schoolchildren in Lebanon dressed up in the bright red Santa garb to celebrate their last day of school.

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