Or maybe Santa Claus is the Western money god…
cái shén dào
“The god of wealth arrives”
This just went up at the subway station/shopping center that I walk through to get to work (小白楼). He faces a McDonald’s. Chinese New Year’s decorations are going up everywhere.
You can see lots of Chinese money god （财神 or 财神爷） images by doing a google image search for 财神。
For details on the story behind one particular incarnation of the Chinese money god, see Bi Gan Temple 比干庙 near Xinxiang, Henan 新乡，河南 – 2010 Feb 22.