There is a persistent urban legend that a Japanese department store got confused and crucified Santa Claus in a Christmas display. Today's BBC Magazine:
Remembering our mongrel Christmases reminds me of the Tokyo department store which erected on its roof a giant Santa on a cross. Don't laugh - we can all get our wires crossed. And who's to say the store wasn't crucifying Santa as a gesture of multicultural goodwill?
Snopes lists a whole bunch of other reports and the story has certainly been around for a while: I seem to recall first reading about this in Jack Seward's The Japanese (1972), although Google Books disagrees. In any case, did a Japanese department store actually ever crucify Santa?