Santa brings Christmas cheer to the Sea of Galilee

(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."

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