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The Sami people of Finland have for centuries dressed "like" Santa and have sleighs pulled by reindeer. Reckon that's from where some of "T'was the Night Before Christmas" poem derives. Very dark melanin skinned people would not do well at the poles--need light colored skin to make enough Vit D to survive there. Same reason light colored skin needs to be covered most of the time in the tropics--besides sunburn, can make too much Vit D.