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Santa Claus’s work-life balance includes taekwondo and water-skiing

Reuters/Yuriko Nakao
He gets around.
By Amy X. Wang
Published Last updated This article is more than 2 years old.

One night out of the year, Santa Claus delivers presents. Yet as every modern-day worker knows, having interests outside of one’s official job is imperative to healthy living.

Thanks to phenomena like SantaCon, live-action images of Saint Nicholas working every job under the sun, not to mention indulging in every leisurely pursuit, are all over wire photograph services such as Reuters and the Associated Press. Please enjoy some of our favorite newswire images of the jolly gentleman when he’s off duty.

Dolphins with Santa Claus at the Marineland aquatic park in Antibes, December 11, 2012. (Reuters/Eric Gaillard)
Santa Claus practices taekwondo at a sports school in Suining, Sichuan province December 14, 2009. (Reuters/Stringer)
Santa Claus swims at Bellevue beach, north of Copenhagen, Denmark, July 21, 2015. (Reuters/Scanpix Denmark/Erik Refner)
Santa Claus feeds fish in a fish tank at the Malta National Aquarium in Qawra, Malta, December 11, 2017. (Reuters/Darrin Zammit Lupi)
Father Frost, the Russian equivalent of Santa Claus, rides homemade water-skis along the Yenisei River outside the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, Russia December 19, 2017. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin)
Santa Claus feeds monkeys at a zoo in Kunming, Yunnan province, December 22, 2014. (Reuters)
Santa Claus swims with fishes and a shark at the Aquarium de Paris, Dec. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Santa Claus uses festive canes for ski poles at Sunday River, Dec. 3, 2017, in Newry, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
Santa Clauses create a sand sculpture at Puri golden beach, in Orissa, India, Dec. 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Biswaranjan Rout)
Santa Claus and a companion watch Tiger Woods on the 14th green, in George, South Africa, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2003. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

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