Elephant brings Santa to Thai Garden Resort

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In Thailand, Santa Claus doesn’t slide down chimneys, but instead delivers gifts from the back of an elephant.

The children of the Tung Klom Talman School show their skill in dancing and singing.
The children of the Tung Klom Talman School show their skill in dancing and singing.

Such was the case Dec. 24 at the Thai Garden Resort where the youngest guests waited anxiously for Father Christmas, who was a bit delayed due to Pattaya’s traffic.

The children of the Tung Klom Talman School are proud to take a picture with Ploy and Rene Pisters and Danilo Becker.
The children of the Tung Klom Talman School are proud to take a picture with Ploy and Rene Pisters and Danilo Becker.

To entertain the guests, the children of Tung Klom Talman School, which the hotel sponsors, danced and sang Christmas carols. Owner Gerrit Niehaus and wife Anselma, General Manager Rene Pisters and his wife Ploy, Manager Danilo Becker and his family led the audience in applause.

Santa Claus arrives on the back of an elephant.
Santa Claus arrives on the back of an elephant.

Becker introduced the children and said that all the money and other donations collected through December will go to the school. Most of the children there have lost one or both parents. The fundraising drive continues through Jan. 7.

Anselma and Gerrit Niehaus and Rene Pisters enjoy the show by the children.
Anselma and Gerrit Niehaus and Rene Pisters enjoy the show by the children.

Finally Santa and Rudolph the Long-Nosed Elephant arrived and he climbed down to sit by the Christmas tree with a big sack of presents. Each child’s name was called and they sat on Santa’s knee to collect their gift.
Gifts unwrapped, it was time to eat from the hearty buffet with music provided by the Thai Garden Trio.

The pictures show some of the children receiving their presents from Santa.
The pictures show some of the children receiving their presents from Santa.
The pictures show some of the children receiving their presents from Santa.
The pictures show some of the children receiving their presents from Santa.

But then a special gift arrived, a large box in which opera singer Antonello Tintinaglia of Italy emerged to entertain the guests. At nearly two meters tall and with a booming voice, he almost didn’t need a microphone to reach all the 200 guests. He sang many Italian songs and a few Christmas carols, bringing Christmas Eve to a close.

Antonello Tintinaglia in action.
Antonello Tintinaglia in action.
The private guests of Gerrit Niehaus at the event.
The private guests of Gerrit Niehaus at the event.
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