Friday, December 12, 2008

Sax and the Santa Claus

Just when I was despairing of every finding anything in Jewish Jerusalem to post about Christmas decorations . . . voila! One shop over in the (Arab) Christian Quarter of the Old City had photo-blog fodder.
But why is this Santa Claus playing a saxophone?
 Is he collecting for the Salvation Army?
And why has he ditched the reindeer in favor of a hot air balloon?
This is not as I remember . . . .
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24 comments:

MurciaDailyPhoto and www.asthes.tk said...

It is very strange for me to see Jerusalem in an image of Santa Claus in a city as a religious (by number of religions in the same city).

Mediterranean kiwi said...

i've seen these santa's in my town too

spacedlaw said...

This way the reindeers get an holiday too!

mommanator said...

Funny

Abraham Lincoln said...

I suppose you have to give good marks for trying to look and be like Santa.

richies said...

Santa Claus may be a bit mixed up landing in a city with such varied religious influences and people.

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magicpolaroid said...

Santa Claus is everywhere...
ciao, Luis

Reader Wil said...

Well you did your utmost to find a sign of Christmas. It's a pity that Santa has nothing to do with the Birth of Christ. X-mas is a feast of light.

Indrani said...

Thanks for this post, it made me smile. :)

Eleanor said...

Well, reindeers eat a lot of fodder, getting expensive these days! The sax? A little jazz at Christmas will enlive the season as much as harps and organs! What an interesting street!

Shimmy Mom said...

I saw a Santa on a motorcycle and one in a helicopter the other day and I thought. That is NOT fair to Rudolph. Times have definitely changed. And I'm not sure I like it.
Thanks for all your wonderful posts.
*hugs*

Kay said...

Hmmmm... Santa Claus in Jerusalem. Now that has got to be an interesting sight!

JC said...

How funny. Not what I would expect to see there.

Jules said...

Santa in any form is welcome hey??? There would be plenty of hot air from the sax to launch the balloon I guess.

A Santa here once had his jacket on back-to-front and walked around saying Ha! Ha! Ha! instead of Ho! Ho! Ho!

Variety is the spice of life.

Cloudia said...

Whimsical & delightful foto today!
I so enjoy my walks in Jerusalem . . . Thanks! aloha-

Maria said...

It's really funny to see Santa Clause here! ;)

Arija said...

You must have searched high and low to find that. Well done!

Gretchen said...

How cute! Is Santa a popular figure there?

Petrea said...

That's a hoot! Dina, you find something interesting everywhere you look.

Pietro said...

Interesting photograph, Dina.
I think that Santa Claus is always up-to-date!

USelaine said...

And those colorful...garlands? hula skirts? feather boas?

Dina said...

Thanks everyone! I loved your funny comments!

Gretchen, is Santa a popular figure in Israel? No, not really. Most of the Christian minority are Arab Christians and Santa is just not in their tradition. IMHO

Elaine, the colored things are ... uhh, I don't know. No time to stop and look. I was too busy running after my visiting nun friend, trying to keep up with her.

Catherine said...

Voilà! as you say!
At least, Père Noël is arrived. Even if he comes from China. Can you remind him of our address?

Glennis said...

That Santa gets around so much, maybe he needs alternate transport sometimes! And prehaps he is busking with the sax to earn money to pay all those busy elves back at the North pole.
greetings from New Zealand.