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All Eyes photo gallery: Santas from Tampa Bay and around the world

Santa surprises Latayon Bell and dad Shakeel Bell with a new bike as he stops by her room at Mease Countryside Hospital Wednesday morning 12/21/16. Santa, also known as Clearwater Fire Department Firefighter Denis O'Connor, visited pediatric patients at Mease Countryside Hospital in Safety Harbor Wednesday arriving in Clearwater's Engine 50 that was full of presents in the cab and on the hose bed from the Clearwater firefighters and the Skip Cline Society as well as Dr. Jeffrey HeldÕs family. The Morton Plant Mease Healthcare Foundation coordinated the event along with the Clearwater Fire & Rescue Department.
Santa surprises Latayon Bell and dad Shakeel Bell with a new bike as he stops by her room at Mease Countryside Hospital Wednesday morning 12/21/16. Santa, also known as Clearwater Fire Department Firefighter Denis O'Connor, visited pediatric patients at Mease Countryside Hospital in Safety Harbor Wednesday arriving in Clearwater's Engine 50 that was full of presents in the cab and on the hose bed from the Clearwater firefighters and the Skip Cline Society as well as Dr. Jeffrey HeldÕs family. The Morton Plant Mease Healthcare Foundation coordinated the event along with the Clearwater Fire & Rescue Department.
Published Dec. 23, 2016

The popularity of the Santa Claus character as Americans knew him rose during World War II as U.S. troops dressed as Santa and passed out food and gifts to children in war ravaged Europe and Japan.

Nowadays that famous red and white suit worn by someone with a white beard, whether, skinny or fat, can be seen practically around the globe.

Despite one's own belief, nothing perhaps symbolizes the Christmas holiday season as prominently as the image of Santa Clause.

As a photo editor, I'm always awed around this time of year to see the diversity in the flood of Santa Claus images from around the world representing many different cultures and scenarios.

The gallery represented here are my top 20 Santa Clause photos from our own Tampa Bay and beyond.

Boyzell Hosey
Assistant Managing Editor - Photography/Multimedia

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