Santa Claus

Up close and personal: tales of the unexpected

Illustration: Pearl Law

Writing during this festive season, I recall two happy episodes when my now grown-up children were small.

Sunday, 23 December, 2012, 12:21pm

Six degrees

Photo: Shutterstock

Santa Claus … It’s almost time for the world’s favourite bearded fat man to gee up his reindeers again. 

23 Dec 2012 - 12:06am

In a German village's post office, Santa Claus is a man of letters

Father Christmas comes calling in Himmelpfort. Photo: AP

Once upon a time it was an unremarkable village in the former East Germany, with a rather misleading name: Himmelpfort, or Heaven's Gate, though there is not that much heavenly about it.

18 Dec 2012 - 4:08am

Police in Canadian city send special Santa greeting cards to criminals

The greeting card criminals will get in Abbotsford. Photo: AFP

Gangsters in one of Canada's most crime-ridden cities can expect a special greeting card this Christmas - from a local police chief dressed as a jolly Santa Claus carrying a machine gun and wearing SWAT gear.

The card was being mailed out this week to "prolific offenders, property offenders and persons known for drug and gang activity", said police in Abbotsford, near Vancouver.

13 Dec 2012 - 5:35am

'Dear Santa': How Hong Kong's little helpers make sure he writes back

A real Santa Claus from Finland is in town to bring festive joy to underprivileged children with special needs. Photo: Nora Tam

Nothing could be much worse at this time of year than for a young child to write to Santa Claus but get no reply back from the North Pole. The good news is in Hong Kong, this does not happen.

9 Dec 2012 - 3:59am

Talking Points

Participants of the Hong Kong Oxfam Trailwalker still on track. Photo: SCMP

Obama begins Asia swing

17 Nov 2012 - 1:17am

16.5m reasons to say thank you

Raising funds for charitable causes is not easy at the best of times. But when the economic outlook is uncertain, it becomes even more challenging. The record sum of more than HK$16.5 million raised by Operation Santa Claus is, therefore, impressive. It is a credit to the many people who took part in the campaign, from schoolchildren to the senior executives of multinational corporations.

19 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Deacons joins OSC to give back to the community

Deacons, the city's oldest and largest independent law firm, has become a major donor of Operation Santa Claus.

Lilian Chiang, a senior partner of Deacons, said the decision was made because the charities which the Operation Santa Claus supports were well-deserving.

16 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Group on target to meet goal of giving

Li & Fung Group's staff flexed their muscles and used their creativity to make the group's first year as a major donor to Operation Santa Claus a huge success by raising HK$180,000.

9 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Corporate athletes give their all for a good cause

The cheers and laughter of some 100 athletes from nine corporate teams filled the air at the Ma On Shan Sports Ground as they gathered to have fun and raise money for Operation Santa Claus.

They were taking part in the first corporate sports day to be organised by the annual fund-rasing appeal co-sponsored by the South China Morning Post and RTHK.

31 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

A creative way to spread some cheer

Staff from Maxim's Group rolled up their sleeves this Christmas to create 150 multicoloured sand bottles to give to members of the Boys' Brigade Hong Kong - a beneficiary of Operation Santa Claus (OSC) this year.

30 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Rothschild bends over backwards to raise funds

Creativity is in full flower when Rothschild's employees turn their minds to raising money for Operation Santa Claus at their Christmas party.

In past years, they have auctioned their services when, for example, a managing director offered a five-course champagne dinner for four at his luxurious flat. Another bought breakfast for colleagues for 10 days.

29 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Aiming to end deadly liver disease

Philanthropist Laura Chen has an ambitious goal. She wants to eradicate hepatitis B.

Chen, head of the Zeshan Foundation, a private philanthropy arm of the Chen family, which made its fortune as a property developer through the Hang Lung Group, is confident the goal is achievable, although it will take time.

27 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

A special man for a special job

As the world prepares for the arrival of Christmas Day, intrepid Young Post reporter Dennis Goodboy caught up with Santa Claus before his big trip.

Dennis: So let's get right to the point, why no presents for dogs?

24 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Bracelet embraces spirit of giving

David Bruce Hong made his first contact with Operation Santa Claus in mid-December when he joined the appeal as a major donor.

A week later, the holiday booth his company set up at Pacific Place was raising money for this fund-raising campaign organised by the South China Morning Post and RTHK.

24 Dec 2011 - 12:00am