Santa visit brings joy to a frosty Alaska Inupiaq village


              This photo, taken just after noon on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022, shows the sun just rising above the horizon in Nuiqsut, Alaska. Operation Santa Claus, the Alaska National Guard's outreach program, attempts to bring Santa and Mrs. Claus and gifts to children in two or three Alaska Native villages each year, including Nuiqsut in 2022. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
            
              This photo, taken just after noon on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022, shows the sun just rising above the horizon in Nuiqsut, Alaska. Operation Santa Claus, the Alaska National Guard's outreach program, attempts to bring Santa and Mrs. Claus and gifts to children in two or three Alaska Native villages each year, including Nuiqsut in 2022. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
            
              This photo, taken just after noon on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022, shows the sun just rising above the horizon in Nuiqsut, Alaska. Operation Santa Claus, the Alaska National Guard's outreach program, attempts to bring Santa and Mrs. Claus and gifts to children in two or three Alaska Native villages each year, including Nuiqsut in 2022. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
            
              A parent takes a selfie with a child and Santa and Mrs. Claus in Nuiqsut, Alaska, on Nov. 29, 2022. Operation Santa Claus, the Alaska National Guard's outreach program, attempts to bring Santa and Mrs. Claus and gifts to children in two or three Alaska Native villages each year, including Nuiqsut in 2022. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
            
              Santa Claus poses with a child at the Trapper School in Nuiqsut, Alaska, on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2002. Operation Santa Claus, the Alaska National Guard's outreach program, attempts to bring Santa and Mrs. Claus and gifts to children in two or three Alaska Native villages each year, including Nuiqsut in 2022. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
            
              Santa Claus poses with a child at the Trapper School in Nuiqsut, Alaska, on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2002. Operation Santa Claus, the Alaska National Guard's outreach program, attempts to bring Santa and Mrs. Claus and gifts to children in two or three Alaska Native villages each year, including Nuiqsut in 2022. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
            
              Santa Claus poses with a child at the Trapper School in Nuiqsut, Alaska, on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2002. Operation Santa Claus, the Alaska National Guard's outreach program, attempts to bring Santa and Mrs. Claus and gifts to children in two or three Alaska Native villages each year, including Nuiqsut in 2022. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
            
              Santa and Mrs. Claus pose with a child who braved winds chills of about minus 25 degrees to greet them when they landed Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022, in Nuiqust, Alaska. Operation Santa Claus, the Alaska National Guard's outreach program, attempts to bring Santa and Mrs. Claus and gifts to children in two or three Alaska Native villages each year, including Nuiqsut in 2022. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
            
              Santa and Mrs. Claus pose with a child who braved winds chills off about minus 25 degrees to greet them when they landed Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022, in Nuiqust, Alaska. Operation Santa Claus, the Alaska National Guard's outreach program, attempts to bring Santa and Mrs. Claus and gifts to children in two or three Alaska Native villages each year, including Nuiqsut in 2022. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
            
              This photo, taken just after noon on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022, shows the run just rising above the horizon in Nuiqsut, Alaska. Operation Santa Claus, the Alaska National Guard's outreach program, attempts to bring Santa and Mrs. Claus and gifts to children in two or three Alaska Native villages each year, including Nuiqsut in 2022. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
            
              The frozen tundra of northern Alaska is seen out a window of an Alaska National Guard cargo plane en route to Nuiqsut, Alaska, on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022. Operation Santa Claus, the Alaska National Guard's outreach program, attempts to bring Santa and Mrs. Claus and gifts to children in two or three Alaska Native villages each year, including Nuiqsut in 2022. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
            
              Santa and Mrs. Claus chat with the flight crew of an Alaska National Guard cargo plane while en route to Nuiqsut, Alaska, on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022. Operation Santa Claus, the guard's outreach program, attempts to bring Santa and Mrs. Claus and gifts to children in two or three Alaska Native villages each year. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
            
              This photo shows Mrs. Claus' holiday-themed fingernails during a plane ride trip to Nuiqsut, Alaska, on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022. Operation Santa Claus, the Alaska National Guard's outreach program, attempts to bring Santa and Mrs. Claus and gifts to children in two or three Alaska Native villages each year. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
            
              Santa and Mrs Claus rest on the plane trip to Nuiqsut, Alaska, on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022. Operation Santa Claus, the Alaska National Guard's outreach program, attempts to bring Santa and Mrs. Claus and gifts to children in two or three Alaska Native villages each year. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
            
              Helpers in the Alaska National Guard's Operation Santa Claus board a cargo plane at Joint Base Elmendorf-Anchorage on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022, for a flight to Nuiqsut, Alaska. The guard's outreach program attempts to bring Santa and Mrs. Claus and gifts to children in two or three Alaska Native villages each year. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
Santa visit brings joy to a frosty Alaska Inupiaq village