Last Santa for 2017

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Project by hunter71 posted 12-23-2017 01:31 PM 673 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I lived in Moscow, Russia for a couple Christmas seasons. The Russian people adore their Santa Clause ,
Санта Клаус. I filled in as Santa several times and sat beside their Santa at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow where 100’s of kids passed across our laps. Russian and American. As you see he does not wear the bright red suit, but a blue suit. Ded Moroz, as we pronounce it, spreads good will along with his granddaughter Snegurochka who wears a gown of white and blue. The last picture is my wife, Betty and I near Red Square at Christmas 2014, big ice skating rink there and huge ice sculptures.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#1 posted 12-23-2017 01:50 PM

Excellent carving and a great story to go with it.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#2 posted 12-23-2017 02:01 PM

Cozy well done carving. Reminds me of Elvis and his Blue Christmas. I liked the shot with your lovely wife too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 12-23-2017 02:14 PM

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#4 posted 12-23-2017 02:59 PM

Talented carver, with your beard who wouldn’t know you where not the real Santa.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#5 posted 12-23-2017 03:14 PM

very nice carving and story ….GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#6 posted 12-23-2017 05:47 PM

Cool carving and cool story!

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#7 posted 12-23-2017 06:48 PM

Cool carving and cool story!

- Dark_Lightning


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#8 posted 12-23-2017 08:53 PM


-- Саша

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#9 posted 12-24-2017 05:19 AM

It was such Nice work I checked out some of your other work too!

A bit of a supporting story
I spent a Christmas in Russian particapating in the Siberian Ice marathon
I went from 30c here in Queensland to some days -30c in Omsk and Moscow

I think when I went outside I had worked out that I had 20 minutes to explore then find shelter quick

One of the only times I ever had ever had a seigh ride.

-- Regards Rob

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#10 posted 12-26-2017 04:04 AM

You are one talented carver Doug….

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#11 posted 12-27-2017 12:19 AM

Great carving and story too! Love your work Doug!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#12 posted 12-28-2017 06:48 PM

Thanks all. I made so many Santa’s over the years. But, being a Santa myself helps.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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