(SOUNDBITE) (English) MAN DRESSED AS SANTA CLAUS, ISSA KASSISSIEH, SAYING: "Ho ho ho, Merry Christmas from the Sea of Galilee. Ho ho ho."
Location: Sea of Galilee, Israel
Santa Claus has opened the Christmas season in the Holy Land
He paddled to the Sea of Galilee
bringing gifts and Christmas trees to children living in the region
The event was organized by Israel's tourism ministry
(SOUNDBITE) (English) MAN DRESSED AS SANTA CLAUS, ISSA KASSISSIEH SAYING: "We need to bring them the happiness and love and giving. And that's why we try to go and continue our life and Christmas is coming and Merry Christmas and happy new year. Ho ho ho."