Dancing is not a common sight on the Finnish-Russian border, but song, dance and hugs were the order of the day Monday when a Finnish Santa Claus and his Russian counterpart "Grandfather Frost" met to exchange seasonal greetings.
The Russian Orthodox Christmas is not celebrated until early January, after the festivities marking the start of a new year. Despite that difference, the timely message Grandfather Frost carried echoes in both East and West.
"Presents are not the most important thing. What's important is to take care of each other."
Santa Claus was in agreement with his eastern colleague.
"We can only hope for peace, joy and the good acts each of us should remember to extend to those close to us."
The two jolly old souls exchanged hugs right on the border. Image: Petri Kivimäki Yle