Siberia Santas sky-dive with tree and wine for New Year

Russia’s version of Santa Claus drops in for New Year’s Eve.

A video of three Grandpa Frosts (the Russian Santa Claus) has gone viral.

Not only did they pass on the season’s greetings mid-air, they brought along a Christmas tree and a bottle of sparkling wine, and all at temperatures of -27 degrees Celsius.

Andrei Royev said he and the other Grandpas had plenty of sky-diving experience as members of an armed-forces-affiliated sports club that trains at the local aerodrome. “We’d been planning a jump along these lines for some time, but this was the first year we managed to get the costumes together,” he told the Inform Polis website.

 

When asked why they jumped in Father Christmas’s red costume rather than the long blue robes usually associated with Grandpa Frost, Mr Royev explained “to be honest, the shorter sleeves make sky-diving easier”.

His fellow Grandpas were “rather surprised” at how widely the video was shared in Russia and hoped that it had raised public spirits.  Cheers! Full video here

 H/T: BBC News