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838 Swiss Santa
Anja discusses the legend of Santa Claus in Switzerland.

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quite different

Switzerland's traditional Santa Claus is quite different from Canada's.

Quite different simply means very different.  Notice the following:

  1. Thai food and Mexican food are both spicy, but quite different.
  2. His idea of a relaxing weekend is quite different from hers.

little fellow

They believe Santa Claus lives in the forest with his little fellows.

Santa's 'little fellows' or helpers as they are sometimes called, are men who are much smaller than normal.  Notice the following:

  1. The little fellows worked long into the night.
  2. Mom, do Santa's little fellows have families?

chimney

In Switzerland, Santa Claus doesn't go through the chimney.

A 'chimney' is a hollow brick structure that allows smoke from a fireplace inside a house to escape to the air outside.  Notice the following:

  1. In Christmas stories, Santa always enters houses through the chimney.
  2. The house has an old red brick chimney.

scary person

They think of Santa Claus as a scary person.

A 'scary person' is someone who is for some reason, frightening.  Notice the following:

  1. My boss is a scary person when he's angry.
  2. She can be a scary person sometimes.

at one point

They believe it is an angel that brings presents at one point during Christmas.

The phrase 'at one point' is used to talk about a specific time when something happens.  Notice the following:

  1. At one point, the meeting had to be stopped.
  2. He did, at one point, ask my opinion.