The mythical Santa Claus, sporting his adorable snow-white beard and bright red suit, is a delightful fairy tale that has greatly outgrown its European roots.  The modern Santa is no more imprisoned in his traditional cuteness, as traffic controllers and firefighters, dressed as Santas at work, spread Christmas cheer as exuberantly.

Here are some funny avatars of Santa, caught on camera, in unusual costumes or locations from around the world.