Part of the Christmas display in PPG's Wintergarden includes a display of "Spirits of Giving from Around the World" and oil paintings representing 16 countries. Each life-sized Santa is robed in their own traditional apparel and is accompanied by an original oil painting which depicts a holiday celebration in the country which the Santa represents. There is also a little display book with a summary of the holiday celebration and traditions for each Santa exhibit. The countries represented include America (Kris Kringle and Santa Claus), China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Haiti, Ireland, Italy, Latin America, Russia, the Middle East, the Netherlands, Poland, Norway and Ukraine.
France. Doesn't he remind you of one of the "Three Wisemen" from Christmas pagents? I think he's great!
Great Britain. Can someone say "Gandalf" (The Green)? Tolkien was from Great Britain, right? Perhaps this was part of his inspiration when he created Gandalf.
Ukraine. (Silvia, it was sooo cool to get to see part of your Christmas folklore!)