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A Santa's "grey outfit" has reportedly angered a guest in Sweden and sparked a spa in the country to call police to report the Santa, who would dare ignore Santa's traditional red and white outfit.
The incident took place early on Christmas Day at a spa center in Valets, which is about 180 miles north of Stockholm.
According to a Yahoo News report, police were called to the spa because one "foreign" guest in particular at the location was left outraged at the strange non-traditional Santa doing the rounds at the spa. He allegedly would not let the non-traditional outfit go and grew "agitated."
"… police said in a brief statement that the foreign guest grew agitated over the Santa outfit and argued with the centre's staff. They did not say where the foreigner was from," the Yahoo News report stated.
The news immediately went viral on the Internet as people around the world laughed at how someone could be so protective over keeping Santa in his traditional red and white.
Santa Claus is generally depicted as a portly, joyous, white-bearded man—sometimes with spectacle — wearing a red coat with white collar and cuffs, white-cuffed red trousers, and black leather belt and boots (images of him rarely have a beard with no moustache). This image became popular in the U.S. and Canada in the 19th century due to the significant influence of Clement Clarke Moore's 1823 poem "A Visit From St. Nicolas."
Father Christmas dates back as far as 16th century in Britain during the reign of Henry VIII, where he was pictured as a large man in green or scarlet robes lined with fur. He typified the spirit of good cheer at Christmas, bringing peace, joy, good food and wine and revelry. As England no longer kept Saint Nicholas feast day on December 6th, the Father Christmas celebration was moved to December 25 to coincide with Christmas Day.
In Sweden right now they are holding a "Santa's Winter Games," which is an annual competition. Hundreds of Santa's are said to descend upon Gallivare in Sweden to compete to see who will be crowned the best Santa of the year.