MASKED-UP Santa Candles Go on Sale in Virus-Hit Greece

MASKED-UP Santa Candles Go on Sale in Virus-Hit Greece

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A Greek candlemaker has created candles depicting Santa Claus and Snowman wearing masks.

According to news agency Reuters, these aim to highlight the importance of adhering to the COVID-19 measures.

“[W]e are trying to convey a message that health comes first, then everything else,” said Alexios Gerakis.

The decorative candles featur Father Christmas with a big blue surgical mask covering his white beard.

Greece, particularly Thessaloniki, has been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic in a second, more aggressive surge.

It resurfaced in the autumn which forced Greek authorities to reimpose a nationwide lockdown which expires at the end of November.

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“We have to be optimistic, but it’s uncertain what will happen,” Gerakis added in an interview.

Meanwhile, a man, dressed as Santa Claus, swam in the Dead Sea as part of Israel’s Tourism Ministry campaign.

According to varios reports, it aims to bring some Christmas cheer during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Santa rode a paddle board a few hundred yards offshore to a spot where salt has piled up in a massive mushroom shape.

He then stuck a Christmas tree in the salty bottom, which he took along while returning to the shore.

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