American cities forced to cut down on Christmas expenses
Anyone who has ever visited an American city during the holiday season knows that many cities in the United States literally light up like Christmas trees in that time. However, this year the economic crisis might lead to a darker image, as a lot of cities find themselves forced to cut down on Christmas expenses. The Wall Street Journal reports that from coast to coast, communities have to save on lights, decorations, parades, elves and Santa visits. In Bonita Springs and Denver, the lights budgets were remarkably tight this year. In Bay City, the annual City of Lights event even had to be cancelled. But it is not only lights that will be missing from this year’s Christmas celebrations in the United States. Also Santa and elf bookings have also greatly dropped. Many American children will be disappointed as Santa and his elves pass over their communities. Negative effects are not only sentimental though. The Amalgamated Order of Real Bearded Santas stated their financial future might be at risk.The holiday business is suffering...
Christmas 2008 in the United States will be much more sober than last year.American communities are heartbroken and sad, the Wall Street Journal writes. However, not everyone believes that the financial cuts on Christmas will result in a less attractive holiday season. There are also people who insist that with the right attitude, this year’s Christmas could be more festive than ever. A moderate Christmas might remind everyone of the true spirit of the holiday: being together and sharing a good time.
Source:The Wall Street Journal