Every year the Russian government sponsors a three-week course called the Moscow School of Ded Moroz, which aims to establish norms for his role in the New Year holiday. The students are mostly Moscow school teachers. (CBS)
Don't like McCain or Obama? How about Santa Claus for president?
Ol' Saint Nick is one of 14 write-in presidential candidates registered with the West Virginia secretary of state's office.
In this case, Mr. Claus is the former Thomas O'Connor. He legally changed his name to Santa Claus in 2005, in part because of his resemblance to the most famous resident of the North Pole.
State officials say Mr. Claus filed the
proper notarized form, so he's an official write-candidate for
president in West Virginia.