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In tough economy, Santas are also suffering

Monday, December 20, 2010

For Santas around the country, this holiday season has been more "no, no, no," than "ho, ho, ho." Santas report they have fewer -- if any -- bookings this season, largely because of the still-tanking economy.

Santas report they have fewer -- if any -- bookings this season, largely because of the still-tanking economy.

People apparently don't want to spend $125 an hour or more for a Santa to visit a holiday party.

Nicholas Trolli, the president of the Amalgamated Order of Real Bearded Santas says many of the members are having a dismal year.

Trolli says many Santas are cutting their hourly rates in half.

Despite the less-than-jolly economic climate, Santas say the joys of the job mostly make up for the tough times.

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