In preparation for the 2016 Christmas celebration, Santa Claus worldwide have converged in Copenhagen to strategise on new plans for the season.
This year, 140 Santas from 12 countries gathered in the Danish capital for the three-day 59th conference that would provide them with an opportunity to network, meet the public and get into shape for the busy days in December.
One of the participants from Canada, who is taking part for the fifth time, said there was much more to being a Santa than just the clothes.
“A successful Santa is not just about the costumes and the clothes. You have to have Christmas in your heart.
“ You have to have the love of children and caring and giving in your heart to be a really successful Santa and it’s not something you can make up. It has to be in you and people know, they can see it,’’ she said.
Similarly, Santa Ian from London in the United Kingdom, said the congress was initiated in 1957 to enable them have an avenue to share ideas.
“I think the congress was started as a way of bringing Santas from all over the world together.
“To share ideas and share our love of Christmas and being Santa and it’s just joyous. It’s great to be here,” she said.
During the congress, they have the opportunity to discuss important issues concerning their trade, such as presents and weight regulations for Santa Clauses.
One of the most hotly contested topics is the date for Christmas Eve.
Also, Santa Allan from Denmark, said there is only one correct date for Christmas Eve, December 24.
“I think the main question will be when is it Christmas Eve.
“Because everyone is talking about have you decided when that Christmas Eve will be or are you disagreeing like you used to?
“But the Danish guild is saying we have to have Christmas Eve on December 24,’’ he said.
As part of the activities earmarked for the conference, the santas would also get to interact with the public, as well as engage in parades.
Other activities are sightseeing, a foot bath in the sea, Christmas cake baking and storytelling for the children. (Reuters/NAN)