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    Posted December 22, 2013 by
    beetraveler
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    Meet 'Traveling Santa'

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     While traveling in early December, beetraveler meet a real life Santa scooting along the streets of Vienna, Austria. 'He was possibly one of the most fascinating people I have ever had the pleasure of interviewing,' she said. She says the "Traveling Santa" was also hosting his family who was visiting him from the United States. The Traveling Santa grew up with 14 brothers and sisters and says he always brought cheer to his family during the holidays. Now, he is Santa year around, not just during the holiday season and finds inspiration from St. Nicholas. 'He told me that he has identified with Santa as long as he can remember, and hopes that whoever becomes Santa after him has the same year-round passion for people that he possesses,' she said.
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    'Traveling Santa,' originally from Maryland, has been spotted around the world, from South America to the Middle East. Perhaps you've even spotted him somewhere. For the last three years though, he has called Vienna, Austria home -- where I found him scooting around town last week.

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