St. Nick greets children in Baghdad's Green Zone - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

St. Nick greets children in Baghdad's Green Zone

Santa has been bringing Christmas cheer to Iraqi children gathered in Baghdad's Green Zone, handing out presents and posing for pictures.

The occasion brought together dozens of Christian and Muslim children.

Santa -- aka Bill Shober -- said it was his great pleasure to represent the spirit and joy of Christmas.

The vicar of Baghdad's St. George's Church -- the only Anglican church in Iraq -- calls it a day of celebration. He says he's also happy U.S. troops in Iraq were able to share the Santa tradition.            

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