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For most of us it is cheerful, rotund grandfather, who comes to us in December of each year. Photographer Touko Huzhanen while working as a photojournalist for the Finnish newspaper last summer, met a professional Santa Claus named Timo Pakkanen.

"Still 140 days until Christmas," said Pakkanen Huzhanenu when he approached him on the street. Thus began a 7-month documentary project about the life of Santa. Huzhanen traveled with him to Japan, where Pakkanen very popular and talked with him for a long time in Finland. His work Touko called simply "Joulupukki - the Finnish Santa Claus."

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The photos did Touko, unexpected and unusual. After all, we've never seen Santa, who brushes his teeth, bathe or smoking a cigar. But this is the most real Christmas - no tinsel. 68-year-old works Pakkanen Santa Claus since 1961, and his office is located in the center of Helsinki. Its history began with a short speech to the local Finnish families, later he became a national of Santa Claus.

"My profession is more to me than life. And much, much more than work. "In the family Pakkanen was a lot of children. His mother Kaya Pakkanen often told him stories, and sister Ooty became a writer. "I spent all my childhood in the fairytale world, and this is a very good reason to be Santa," he says, laughing.

During the holiday season Pakkanenu often work 12 hours a day. More than once he met Christmas in a hotel room in Tokyo. He likes to celebrate this holiday with a can of beer or a cup of Yebisu warm sake. Pakkanen loves to see the joy on people's faces and experiencing it himself in such moments. He can, and looks old, but it feels like a child. "First, we are children, then we get older and come back to our childhood. This circle of life. "

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Pakkanen smears white paste on his brow.

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Pakkanen smoking a cigar and reading the letters in his office in Helsinki.

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Pakkanen the swimming pool in Helsinki.

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Pakkanen in a hotel room in Tokyo in 2011.

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Pakkanen in his office in Helsinki German smokes a cigar, which, according to him, has a magical flavor.

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Timo Pakkanen sitting with friends in a bar in Helsinki.

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Timo Pakkanen a shop in Tokyo.

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Pakkanen in Saitama Prefecture, Japan.

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Pakkanen in Saitama Prefecture at a meeting with the children evacuated from Fukushima.

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Pakkanen waiting to drivers with nikumanami (Japanese rolls) dinner in Tokyo.

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Pakkanen steamed in a Finnish sauna.

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Pakkanen during his tour of Japan examines records.

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In real life Santa Claus, too, goes to the toilet.

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Toy colleague Pakkanen.

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Pakkanen outside the image of Santa Claus on a foggy day.

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Pakkanen on rugby field.

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Pakkanen in Santa costume on a background of a cruise ship.