" BISHKEK (Reuters) - Seeking a novel remedy to revive its rickety economy, the tiny ex-Soviet state of Kyrgyzstan has declared itself the new home of Santa Claus.
Citing Swedish engineering firm that determined the ideal spot for Santa's global toy delivery hub, officials in this predominantly Muslim country have quickly moved to capitalize on the finding.
They named a mountain peak after Santa, to join Mounts Lenin, and Yeltsin, and declared 2008 "The Year of Santa Claus".
"Its slogan will be "Kyrgyzstan is the land of Santa Clauses", said Kyrgyz tourism authority spokeswoman Nurkhon Tajibayeva.
In most Western countries Santa Claus, or Father Christmas , is thought to live at the North Pole or in Finland. However, if he were located in Central Asia and started westwards on his traditional Christmas Eve trips, Kyrgyz officials said he would have a more efficient delivery route.
"He can eliminate time-consuming detours and avoid subjecting his reindeer to undue strain," engineering consultants at Stockholm-based Sweco, who used geography and demographics in their research, said in a press release.
A group of professional mountain-climbers will pitch the country's flag at the newly renamed peak, Kyrgyzstan's tourism authority said, while a world festival of Santas is planned for the capital's main square. "
I always liked the thought of santa's home being lapland.
Dc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 1928 posts, RR: 5 Reply 3, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 955 times:
This is pure genius... Capitalizing on little kids' thoughts to revitalize Kyrgyzstan's economy. I wonder how the kids (and their parents) would like visiting Kyrgyzstan... Especially rich American brats. It's not all great down there from what I hear; but at least it's not Turkmenistan.
I bet tourists will flock from Lapland to the Kyrgyz state. Not. But it's a damn good idea.
A380US From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2358 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 893 times:
Quoting Greasespot (Reply 5): Then again, I'm Jewish, so all I worry about on Christmas is what movie my family is seeing and where we are going for Chinese food
OMG my roomate is Jewish and that is what she was talking about all week and well that is what we did...hahaha
thats what most Jewish people (in my opinion) do on christmas.
We also would like to do our shopping then b/c its much quieter but almost everything is closed.
Actually my jewish school used to make it a point to have school on Christmas.