Christmas Came Early: Meet Santa Claus' Official Ambassador on Earth

Issa Kassissieh has an unusual role: 'The official Holy Land Santa'

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Let it flow: Issa Kassissieh, better known as the Santa Claus of Jerusalem, gets off a kayak on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.
Let it flow: Issa Kassissieh, better known as the Santa Claus of Jerusalem, gets off a kayak on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.Credit: Gil Eliahu
Moshe Gilad
Moshe Gilad
Filming the special video of Santa in the Sea of Galilee. Credit: Gil Eliahu
Every Day's Like Christmas: Santa Claus (aka Issa Kassissieh) in the Sea of Galilee.Credit: MENAHEM KAHANA - AFP
Let the temperature rise to 100 degrees: Santa Claus (aka Issa Kassissieh) taking a trip on the Sea of Galilee last week.Credit: RONEN ZVULUN/REUTERS
The Israeli Santa visiting a nearby farm.Credit: Gil Eliahu
A very Israeli Xmas: Issa Kassissieh, better known as the Santa Claus of Jerusalem, gets off a kayak on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.Credit: MENAHEM KAHANA - AFP
Issa Kassissieh as Santa Claus, looking out over the Sea of Galilee last week.Credit: RONEN ZVULUN/REUTERS
Santa Claus (aka Issa Kassissieh) in the Golan Heights last week to deliver his seasonal greetings.Credit: RONEN ZVULUN/REUTERS

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