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Christmas stamps from Belgium

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On November 8, 2010, the Belgium Post issued its Christmas series entitled "Santa Claus in his sleigh".

The stamps were designed by Jean-Pierre Lorand.

Belgium has two Santa Claus figures known as St. Nicholas and Pere Noel.

There are different cultures in Belgium, the Northern part being Vlaanderen (speaking a Dutch dialect), the Southern part being Wallonie (speaking a French dialect) and the Eastern part speaking German.

Pere Noel visits people who speak French on 6th December along with his friend Pere Fouettard to know whether the children have been good or bad. Good children receive chocolates and candies while bad children just get a handful of sticks.

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