X-Country Santa with Friends

This design is mine.  There are elements in it from several others, and I feel that's natural, but overall the concept and composition is mine this time.  Can you tell I'm a little hung up on it ;-).  This piece was in the Woodcraft/Woodcarver's Illustrated Santa Carving Contest 2000.  It won at the store level (Bensalem, Pa near Philadelphia) where folks visiting the store during December voted on their favorite.  I have no idea how close it came to the final prize, but someone else among the other 50+ store winners got that honor.   Together with the store winners, mine was on display at the Fox/Chapel Open House 2001.