Funnyman WILL FERRELL staged his first Swedish Christmas last month (DEC05) and had to learn all about the country's SANTA CLAUS, so he could play him.

Ferrell played host to his wife VIVECA's Swedish family and decided to make them feel at home by dressing up as TOMTEN - the Scandinavian country's Father Christmas.

He explains, "He's kind of like a Lord Of The Rings version of Santa Claus; he wears a grey tunic and he drinks a lot.

"He calls the children up one by one and makes them perform little tasks... so I was making children do push-ups, fix my car, speak foreign languages, anything."