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A religious group is urging Austrians to return to their Catholic roots this Christmas and eschew American symbols of the holiday. In the Austrian tradition, it isnt Santa Claus who brings presents on Christmas Eve, it is the infant Jesus. (And he doesnt come down the chimney, he slips into the house through an open window.) Yet in recent years, Santa decorations have been popping up in markets and malls all over Austria, and the ProChrist Child Society says it is appalled. Were not really against Santa Claus, said Phillipp Tengg, the societys founder. Were against the fact that Santa Claus has become an advertising symbol of almost boundless consumption. The society is slapping No Santa stickersa picture of the jolly old elf with a big red slash across himall over Vienna.