The Many Faces of Santa Claus

See how Santas around the nation are celebrating the season.

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Dee Sinclair, who bills himself as the real black Santa, reads a story to children in Atlanta. Fusing the icon of the long-white beard and red suit from American artist Norman Rockwell and later Coca-Cola, in recent years the new Santas incorporate their own ethnic take on the Christmastime figure with various interpretations.
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In this Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 photo, Dee Sinclair prepares to visit children at a library in Atlanta. Fusing the icon of the long-white beard and red suit from American artist Norman Rockwell and later Coca-Cola, in recent years the new Santas incorporate their own ethnic take on the Christmastime figure with various interpretations.
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Dee Sinclair smiles as Paris Allen, 7, reacts after passing a naughty or nice test, in Atlanta.
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Pancho Claus throws presents as he arrives at a charity holiday event in a low-rider Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, in Houston. The Tex-Mex Santa grew out of the Chicano civil rights movement in the late 1970s and early 1980s and is sometimes referred to as Santa Claus’ cousin from the South Pole.
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Pancho Claus, portrayed by Richard Reyes, autographs gifts at a charity holiday event Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, in Houston. "For these diverse times, it's important for children to see Santa in all these different forms," Reyes said.
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A man portraying Santa Claus sits in a mall in South Portland, Maine on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013. Andrew Chesnut, the Bishop Walter F. Sullivan Chair in Catholic Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, said depictions of Santa Claus as a white man came about mainly because he was a European import, a blend of the Dutch Sinterklaas and British folklore character Father Christmas, with elements of Saint Nicholas, a 4th-century Greek bishop in modern-day Turkey.
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A man portraying Santa Claus talks to 6-month-old Aubree-Jane Halladay, of Scarborough, Maine, at a mall in South Portland, Maine on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.
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Dressed as Santa Claus, Langston Patterson, 77, waves at shoppers at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza in Los Angeles on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013.
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Dressed as Santa Claus, Mark Tate pretends to sleep as he poses for photos with 4-week-old Leilani Mejico at a mall in Cerritos, Calif. on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013.
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Paul Moore, left, dressed as Santa Claus, looks over a bag of toys with Dante Wright, 5, as Moore hands out holiday gifts to children at the Philadelphia Police Department's 12th district station in Philadelphia on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013.
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Dressed as Santa Claus, Langston Patterson, left, poses with Davonte Hager and his daughter Maliyaah, 1, while Maliyaah's grandmother, Kisha Brooks, foreground, tries to get her attention at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza mall in Los Angeles on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013.
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Paul Moore, dressed as Santa Claus, holds his hands in the air after he handed out holiday gifts to children at the Philadelphia Police Department's 12th district station, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, in Philadelphia.
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Dressed as Santa Claus, Langston Patterson, 77, poses for photos at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza mall in Los Angeles on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013.
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Dressed as Santa Claus, Mark Tate, left, holds the hand of Emmitt Lopez at a mall on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, in Cerritos, Calif.
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Capri Nielson, age 5, is greeted by Santa, as her parents Mike and Melissa, and brother Miles, 6, watch, at the Wonderland House inside Flatirons Crossing Mall, in Broomfield, Colo., Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013.
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