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    Robert F. Bukaty - AP
    A man portraying Santa Claus sits in a mall in South Portland, Maine on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013. Andrew Chesnut, the Bishop Walter F. Sullivan Chair in Catholic Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, said depictions of Santa Claus as a white man came about mainly because he was a European import, a blend of the Dutch Sinterklaas and British folklore character Father Christmas, with elements of Saint Nicholas, a 4th-century Greek bishop in modern-day Turkey. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
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    Jae C. Hong - AP
    Dressed as Santa Claus, Langston Patterson, 77, smiles at a baby at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, in Los Angeles. Since his importation by European settlers, Santa Claus has evolved in the United States from his Dutch-English origins made popular in the early 20th Century to many adaptations based on the nation’s multiethnic experiences. Fusing the icon of the long-white beard and red suit from American artist Norman Rockwell and later Coca-Cola, in recent years the new Santas incorporate their own ethnic take on the Christmastime figure with various interpretations. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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    Jae C. Hong - AP
    Dressed as Santa Claus, Langston Patterson, left, poses with Davonte Hager and his daughter Maliyaah, 1, while Maliyaah's grandmother, Kisha Brooks, foreground, tries to get her attention at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza mall in Los Angeles on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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    Jae C. Hong - AP
    Dressed as Santa Claus, Langston Patterson, 77, poses for photos with babies at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, in Los Angeles. Since his importation by European settlers, Santa Claus has evolved in the United States from his Dutch-English origins made popular in the early 20th Century to many adaptations based on the nation’s multiethnic experiences. Fusing the icon of the long-white beard and red suit from American artist Norman Rockwell and later Coca-Cola, in recent years the new Santas incorporate their own ethnic take on the Christmastime figure with various interpretations. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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    Jae C. Hong - AP
    Dressed as Santa Claus, Langston Patterson, 77, poses for photos at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza mall in Los Angeles on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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    Jae C. Hong - AP
    Dressed as Santa Claus, Langston Patterson, left, looks on Yavieshala Mitchell, center, wipes tears fro the face of her godchild Neveah Haywood, 3, while posing for photos at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, in Los Angeles. Since his importation by European settlers, Santa Claus has evolved in the United States from his Dutch-English origins made popular in the early 20th Century to many adaptations based on the nation’s multiethnic experiences. Fusing the icon of the long-white beard and red suit from American artist Norman Rockwell and later Coca-Cola, in recent years the new Santas incorporate their own ethnic take on the Christmastime figure with various interpretations. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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    Jae C. Hong - AP
    Dressed as Santa Claus, Langston Patterson, 77, waves at shoppers at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza in Los Angeles on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. Andrew Chesnut, the Bishop Walter F. Sullivan Chair in Catholic Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, said depictions of Santa Claus as a white man came about mainly because he was a European import, a blend of the Dutch Sinterklaas and British folklore character Father Christmas, with elements of Saint Nicholas, a 4th-century Greek bishop in modern-day Turkey. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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    Brennan Linsley - AP
    Capri Nielson, 5, is greeted by a man dressed as Santa Claus, as her parents Mike and Melissa, and brother Miles, 6, watch, at the Wonderland House inside Flatirons Crossing Mall, in Broomfield, Colo. on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
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    Jae C. Hong - AP
    Dressed as Santa Claus, Mark Tate pretends to sleep as he poses for photos with 4-week-old Leilani Mejico at a mall in Cerritos, Calif. on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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    Jae C. Hong - AP
    Dressed as Santa Claus, Mark Tate, left, holds the hand of Emmitt Lopez at a mall on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, in Cerritos, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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    Robert F. Bukaty - AP
    A man portraying Santa Claus poses with Caitlynn Halliday, 23 months-old, and her sister, six-month-old Aubree-Jane Halladay, of Scarborough, Maine, at the Maine Mall, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, in South Portland, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
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    Pat Sullivan - AP
    Pancho Claus throws presents as he arrives at a charity holiday event in a low-rider Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, in Houston. The Tex-Mex Santa grew out of the Chicano civil rights movement in the late 1970s and early 1980s and is sometimes referred to as Santa Claus’ cousin from the South Pole. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
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    Pat Sullivan - AP
    Pancho Claus performs at a charity holiday event Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, in Houston. The Tex-Mex Santa grew out of the Chicano civil rights movement in the late 1970s and early 1980s and is sometimes referred to as Santa Claus’ cousin from the South Pole. Houston's Pancho Claus, Richard Reyes, took on the role in the early 80's after his teenage sister was killed in a drive-by shooting. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
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    Pat Sullivan - AP
    Pancho Claus greets children as he arrives at a charity holiday event Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, in Houston. This Tex-Mex Santa grew out of the Chicano civil rights movement in the late 1970s and early 1980s and is sometimes referred to as Santa Claus’ cousin from the South Pole. Houston's Pancho Claus, Richard Reyes, took on the role in the early 80's after his teenage sister was killed in a drive-by shooting. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
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    Pat Sullivan - AP
    A young girl drags her gifts from a holiday event after a performance by Pancho Claus Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, in Houston. The Tex-Mex Santa grew out of the Chicano civil rights movement in the late 1970s and early 1980s and is sometimes referred to as Santa Claus’ cousin from the South Pole. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
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    Pat Sullivan - AP
    Pancho Claus plays to the crowd at a charity holiday event Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, in Houston. This Tex-Mex Santa grew out of the Chicano civil rights movement in the late 1970s and early 1980s and is sometimes referred to as Santa Claus’ cousin from the South Pole. Houston's Pancho Claus, Richard Reyes, took on the role in the early 80's after his teenage sister was killed in a drive-by shooting. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
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    Pat Sullivan - AP
    Pancho Claus performs with his band at a charity holiday event Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, in Houston. This Tex-Mex Santa grew out of the Chicano civil rights movement in the late 1970s and early 1980s and is sometimes referred to as Santa Claus’ cousin from the South Pole. Houston's Pancho Claus, Richard Reyes, took on the role in the early 80's after his teenage sister was killed in a drive-by shooting. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
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    Pat Sullivan - AP
    Pancho Claus, portrayed by Richard Reyes, autographs gifts at a charity holiday event Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, in Houston. "For these diverse times, it's important for children to see Santa in all these different forms," Reyes said. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
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    Pat Sullivan - AP
    A young boy helps a girl as they carry their gifts from a holiday event after a performance by Pancho Claus Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, in Houston. The Tex-Mex Santa grew out of the Chicano civil rights movement in the late 1970s and early 1980s and is sometimes referred to as Santa Claus’ cousin from the South Pole. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
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    John Bazemore - AP
    In this Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 photo, Dee Sinclair, who bills himself as the real black Santa prepares to visit children at a library, in Atlanta. Fusing the icon of the long-white beard and red suit from American artist Norman Rockwell and later Coca-Cola, in recent years the new Santas incorporate their own ethnic take on the Christmastime figure with various interpretations. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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    John Bazemore - AP
    In this Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 photo, Dee Sinclair, who bills himself as the real black Santa prepares to visit children at a library, in Atlanta. Fusing the icon of the long-white beard and red suit from American artist Norman Rockwell and later Coca-Cola, in recent years the new Santas incorporate their own ethnic take on the Christmastime figure with various interpretations. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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    John Bazemore - AP
    In this Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 photo, Dee Sinclair, who bills himself as the real black Santa gets a hug from Diane Scott, in Atlanta. Fusing the icon of the long-white beard and red suit from American artist Norman Rockwell and later Coca-Cola, in recent years the new Santas incorporate their own ethnic take on the Christmastime figure with various interpretations. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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    John Bazemore - AP
    In this Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 photo, Dee Sinclair, who bills himself as the "Real Black Santa" smiles as Paris Allen, 7, reacts after passing a naughty or nice test in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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    John Bazemore - AP
    In this Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 photo, Dee Sinclair, who bills himself as the real black Santa gets a high five from 4-year-old Joe Morris IV at a library Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, in Atlanta. Fusing the icon of the long-white beard and red suit from American artist Norman Rockwell and later Coca-Cola, in recent years the new Santas incorporate their own ethnic take on the Christmastime figure with various interpretations. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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    John Bazemore - AP
    In this Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 photo, Dee Sinclair, who bills himself as the real black Santa, delights 4-year-old Joe Morris IV, in Atlanta. Fusing the icon of the long-white beard and red suit from American artist Norman Rockwell and later Coca-Cola, in recent years the new Santas incorporate their own ethnic take on the Christmastime figure with various interpretations. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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    John Bazemore - AP
    In this Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 photo, Dee Sinclair, who bills himself as the real black Santa gets a hug from Diane Scott, in Atlanta. Fusing the icon of the long-white beard and red suit from American artist Norman Rockwell and later Coca-Cola, in recent years the new Santas incorporate their own ethnic take on the Christmastime figure with various interpretations. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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    John Bazemore - AP
    In this Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 photo, Dee Sinclair, portraying Santa Claus, reads a story to children in Atlanta. "Kids don't see color. They see a fat guy in a red suit giving toys," says Sinclair, 50. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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    Matt Slocum - AP
    Paul Moore, dressed as Santa Claus, holds his hands in the air after he handed out holiday gifts to children at the Philadelphia Police Department's 12th district station, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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    Matt Slocum - AP
    Paul Moore, left, dressed as Santa Claus talks with Fanta Kamara, 9, as he hands out holiday gifts to children at the Philadelphia Police Department's 12th district station, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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    Matt Slocum - AP
    Paul Moore, right, dressed as Santa Claus gets a hug from Kadijah Sacko, 9, as he hands out holiday gifts to children at the Philadelphia Police Department's 12th district station, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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    Matt Slocum - AP
    Paul Moore, left, dressed as Santa Claus talks with Aminata Kamara, 12, as he hands out holiday gifts to children at the Philadelphia Police Department's 12th district station, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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    Matt Slocum - AP
    Paul Moore adjusts his Santa Claus costume as he hands out holiday gifts to children at the Philadelphia Police Department's 12th district station, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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    Matt Slocum - AP
    Paul Moore dressed as Santa Claus talks with a reporter after he handed out holiday gifts to children at the Philadelphia Police Department's 12th district station, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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    Matt Slocum - AP
    Paul Moore, left, dressed as Santa Claus holds Danielyne Ghanson, 1, as he hands out holiday gifts to children at the Philadelphia Police Department's 12th district station, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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    Matt Slocum - AP
    Paul Moore, left, dressed as Santa Claus, looks over a bag of toys with Dante Wright, 5, as Moore hands out holiday gifts to children at the Philadelphia Police Department's 12th district station in Philadelphia on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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    Matt Slocum - AP
    Paul Moore, left, dressed as Santa Claus waves as he holds Kymani Grene, 1, after hanging out holiday gifts to children at the Philadelphia Police Department's 12th district station, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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