The Santa Tapes

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01Santa Of The Lighthouses *20091221

Alan Dein unwraps the oral history of Santa Claus, hearing the true stories of those who have donned the red and white costume, from war-torn Hungary to the icy wastes of Alaska.

Of course Santa flies, but this one arrives by helicopter.

For 80 years, the lighthouse and coastguard families of New England have been waiting for him to touch down.

02White Beard20091222

Alan Dein unwraps the oral history of Santa Claus, hearing the true stories of those who have donned the red and white costume, from war-torn Hungary to the icy wastes of Alaska.

Playing Santa is often the last job in a lifetime of work.

Donning the red and white costume is often a way to reconnect with a new generation in the age of want, as Alan Dein discovers.

Playing Santa is often the last job in a lifetime of work, as Alan Dein discovers.

03Shop Store Santa *20091223

Alan Dein unwraps the oral history of Santa Claus, hearing the true stories of those who have donned the red and white costume, from war-torn Hungary to the icy wastes of Alaska.

In Liverpool, in one of Britain's oldest grottos, Santa finds Christmas present very different to his Christmas past.

In one of Britain's oldest grottos, Santa finds the present very different to the past.

04 LASTSanta's Everywhere20091225

Alan Dein unwraps the oral history of Santa Claus, hearing the true stories of those who have donned the red and white costume, from war-torn Hungary to the icy wastes of Alaska.

Alan catches up with Santa as he crosses the globe.

Alan Dein catches up with Santa as he crosses the globe.