Searching for Santa

Ivan Castro Peña debuted his work for our global program during the week of Christmas with this story from Finland. Visiting the small town of Rovaniemi, fabled to be Santa’s home, he set off in search of some of the magic and inspiration we know as Christmas. He shares with us reflections from his search for Santa.

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  • Searching for Santa, Day Three

    Ivan Castro Peña

    Searching for Santa, Day Three

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    Arctic Circle, Finland.

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  • Searching for Santa, Day Three

    Ivan Castro Peña

    Searching for Santa, Day Three

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    Arctic Circle, Finland.

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  • Searching for Santa, Day Three

    Ivan Castro Peña

    Searching for Santa, Day Three

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    Santa Claus Village, Arctic Circle, Finland.

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    Ivan Castro Peña

    Searching for Santa, Day Three

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    Waiting to see Santa.

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    Ivan Castro Peña

    Searching for Santa, Day Three

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    Latvian visitors for Santa.

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  • Searching for Santa, Day Three

    Ivan Castro Peña

    Searching for Santa, Day Three

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    Santa's little helper.

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  • Searching for Santa, Day Three

    Ivan Castro Peña

    Searching for Santa, Day Three

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    Reading Carlota's letter.

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  • Searching for Santa, Day Three

    Ivan Castro Peña

    Searching for Santa, Day Three

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    A special letter, which reads: Dear St. Nicholas, I am a grandmother of nearly 78 years, but you're always in my heart since I was 6 years old when I first read your story in a magazine, your life of love, especially to the children. It is the time when everyone thinks of them, and especially in those who have nothing, we all try to do something for them, to see a smile of happiness, and that you started it as a timeless tradition, so we grow with that great magical illusion, which pleases us both to everyone, no matter if we are children, young or old like me. I have 4 children, 10 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren and all have fallen for christmas, just like me. We decorate our tree and many lights to illuminate the love we feel, that special night, at my age you do not ask toys but we ask peace and love to the world. Especially for those who need it most, so that peace is not just one night. I love you and always will believe in you. Carlota of Peter

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