Merry Christmas! Ho ho ho!” 81-year-old Ray Shackelford bellows as he walks down an alleyway in Daun Penh district dressed in a full Santa Claus costume and carrying a sack full of presents.
Tuk tuk drivers taking a break stare at the somewhat odd sight, not sure how to respond to the cheerful well wishes.
At the end of the alley, two kids suddenly rush out of a doorway to greet the American expat dressed as Santa.
Shackelford digs into his bag of goodies and hands two wrapped dolls to the young girls. A woman standing close by also receives a krama as a gift.