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Watch: Santa sets off on Christmas journey from Lapland

The naughty and nice count is complete and with help from his crack logistics team of elves, Santa Claus loaded his sleigh and started his annual Christmas journey from Lapland on Saturday.

Every Christmas, Santa Claus fills his burlap sack with gifts and then rides his reindeer-powered sleigh through the snow to spread cheer around the world.

In Finland Santa Claus is known as Joulupukki (literally, Christmas goat in English). Kids here commonly receive a personal visit from the red-suited, jolly fellow at their homes on Christmas Eve.

But due to Santa's tight schedule, those visits are usually carried out by Santa surrogates who — often in exchange for a fee or home baked goods — carry out the tradition while dressed up as the hirsute icon in cities, towns and villages across the country.

Despite changing times and attitudes about snail mail, kids everywhere still love sending letters to Santa.

Finland's Santa receives hundreds of thousands of letters sent from children around the world every year.

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