Funny Father Christmas Pictures
Here is Will and Guy's selection of Father Christmas photos in a variety of outfits and amusing situations.
Will and Guy think that the plural of Father Christmas should be Father Christmases (and not Fathers Christmas).
Father Christmas wears a Red Suit, so he must be a communist. And he sports a beard and long hair, so he must be a pacifist. What's in that pipe that he's smoking? Arlo Guthrie
Father Christmas Drinks Will and Guy's Mulled Wine - Now You Know Why Santa is Red!
I never believed in Santa Claus because I knew no white man would be coming into my neighborhood after dark. Dick Gregory
As a boy of about five, I was taken into the big city to meet with Father Christmas. He had his elf grotto in the big department store. My mother and I had to queue, but eventually I reached Father Christmas and he asked me, 'Guy what would you like for Christmas?' I dumbfounded, then I surprised my Mother by saying: 'Nothing'.
A modern Santa hard at work on his keyboard -->
Letters To Santa
Dear Father Christmas,
The personification of Christmas can be traced back to the Puritans in the early 1600s. Possibly it was Ben Jonson who first created the name 'Father Christmas' in December 1616
20 years later, Thomas Nabbes, refers to Father Christmas as 'An old reverend gentleman in furred gown and cap'. Other common names from this period were Lord Christmas and Sir Christmas.
Names for 'Father Christmas' in over 20 Other Languages
Coca Cola and Santa
Haddon Sundblom made the character of Santa popular in 1931. As an illustrator from Chicago, USA, Sundblom designed a Coca-Cola advertisement which contained an image of Santa with a red suit and a white beard. Since then Santa has been a major part of Christmas in the UK and the USA. However, while children today can recognise Victorian Santa pictures easily, they be surprised to see older pictures showing Saint Nicholas (Santa) in green or blue attire.
The Ideal Funny Father Christmas
GERMANY is facing a Weihnachtsmann (Christmas Man) shortage in December 2008. The problem is that prospective Father Christmases fail to meet standards of jollity and expertise. Naturally, Santas must be friendly to the children, yet have the gravitas of a grandfather or benign uncle.
'It takes a lot to be a good Santa,' said Tarik Kilinc of the Heinzelmaennchen agency in Berlin. 'About 10% don't make it through the casting process. 'Just handing out presents isn't enough. Our Santas have to sing songs with the families and talk to the parents about their children and the evening's arrangements,' he added.
Frankly Will and Guy don't know many people who would make a good Father Christmas, thus can understand the shortage. However, for $80 per hour we wonder if the role does not tempt 'resting' actors. We are also surprised that demand for Father Christmas is holding up in the recession. Apparently Berlin needs about 500 Weihnachtsmann to cover the 5,000 private parties.
Jens Wittenberger, who is in charge of recruitment at the Jobcafe in Munich, said the demanding standards 'put people off' wanting to be Father Christmas. His recruits are rigorously schooled; learning, for example, how to deal with tricky questions from children such as 'Where do you keep all the reindeer'
Hide and Seek in Town Centre Christmas Tree
Extremely funny, yet serious, immigration issue unfolds in Northampton, England
Will and Guy have learned from the UK authorities that four men have been arrested after they allegedly entered the country illegally by hiding in a 32-foot-tall fake Christmas tree. Apparently, the men were hiding inside an aluminium and nylon tree ordered for the town centre's Christmas display.
The men, believed to be from Iraq and Iran were spotted by eagle-eyed Northampton council staff hiding at the depot in the back of a lorry. Immigration officers were informed and the men taken into custody. It is not thought they were intending to look for work as Father Christmas as they had no red coats or false beards.
The driver of the lorry, from France, has stated that he knew nothing of the stowaways.
More Funny Pictures of Father Christmas - Working? or Relaxing?
Father Christmas Skiing
Santa Claus Waterskiing
Mother Christmas and Father Christmas on Their Holiday!
Funny Father Christmas Race
The 4.5-mile race took place in Newton in Powys reports the BBC. The town currently holds the world record for the world's biggest Santa gathering. What surprises me of the Santa Claus picture is that they are all wearing Santa hats.
Organisers are hoping it will have broken another world record this year - for the number of Santas yo-yoing at the same time. The annual Santa run is organised community transport charity Newtown & District Dial A Ride.
Jo Corfield, one of the race's organisers, said; 'The Santa Run started just because we were on our last legs and wanted one event that would be a good fund-raiser and keep us going.'
'Since it's grown into the biggest event that Newtown hosts and we estimate it brings £150,000 into the local economy in just one day.' The first Santa across the finishing line was Darren Hisscock from Aberdare in the Cynon Valley who completed the course in 18 minutes.
A new world record has been set for the most Father Christmases congregated in one place.
Over 14,200 Santa Claus's paraded through the streets of Porto, in Portugal, to raise money for charity Will and Guy have discovered. They sang songs and danced through the inclement weather - drizzly rain and cold.
To go with the spirit of Santa's gift-giving, every Pai Natal [as he is known in Portugal] also donated 1 € [euro] to buy presents for the needy children in Porto, to which the general fundraising also contributed.
The last world record for the largest gathering of Santa Clauses was set in 2007 in Northern Ireland, where 12,965 people took part, dressed either as Santa or as Santa's helpers. Word has come from the city of Derry, last year's winners; they have promised they will attempt to beat Porto in 2009.
Will and Guy say, 'Watch this space.'
Santas in Liverpool England
More than 7,000 Santas run through Liverpool to raise money for charity.
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