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WATCH: Santa Trades in a Sleigh for a Gondola in Venice Christmas Tradition

by Hannah Heser
(Photo by Simone Padovani/Awakening/Getty Images)

Happy Holidays everyone! This year Santa takes a gondola around Venice as their new Christmas tradition! I guess you could say Santa’s now riding in style.

Sunday, ABC News posted a clip on Twitter of multiple Santa’s rowing across the river in Venice, Italy.

“ROW, SANTA, ROW! Dozens of Santas swapped their sleighs for gondolas during the colorful Christmas regatta in Venice, Italy,” ABC said.

In this video, there is soft music playing in the background while the Santas are rolling across the river. Unfortunately, it looks foggy in Venice that day so people had a hard time watching. But it was still a great turnout and children seemed to love it!

Additionally, @TheCommunicator shares a comment on this post. “Looks chilly! But spirited :-)”

While the cold kept visitors away from the scene, the Santa’s still participated to celebrate this special holiday. After all, it’s a tradition that will last a lifetime.

The Busy Schedule Around Christmas Time

Every year kids get excited for Santa’s arrival on the night before Christmas. Families put cookies and milk out for Santa to enjoy while he drops the gifts off.

On December 15, NPR reported that Santa went to Bass Pro Shops for five hours of meet-and-greets before going back to the North Pole. With his busy schedule, he barely has time to sleep! But at least this only happens at the end of each year.

NPR also reports Santa saying, “it’s worth every moment, and I can sleep in on December 26th.”

At the end of the day, Christmas is all about making time for everyone and that’s what Santa is all about.

Do Kids Still Believe in Santa?

Additionally, kids fall in love with the idea of Santa coming to their homes to deliver presents. However, at what point do they stop believing in him?

According to factfiend.com, the average age when a child stops believing in Santa Claus is around 7 to 8-years-old. (Although, we don’t know for sure ;-)). They also reported researcher Dr. William Damon, who quizzes 500 children around those ages on when they stopped believing in the good ole Santa Claus.

“Just now when I screamed about it into their tiny child face,” the doctor said as he received more 7-year-old answers. You might be wondering if that’s a little young for children to not believe in him anymore. However, it truly depends on how they were raised and who they surround themselves around.

Have you ever heard the saying, “You are who you surround yourself with?” That is, if one of your friends stops believing in something, odds are you will too.

At the end of the day, Santa has always been a lovely Christmas tradition and he will continue to be in years to come.