Inflation has reached the North Pole as a Santa shortage looms

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Demand for Santa’s services at holiday events is surging — but he and his helpers are having a hard time keeping up. 'There's definitely a shortage of Santas,” the founder of a holiday entertainment staffing agency tells planetmoney.

"a modest tax credit for those hiring Santas or Santas working on their own." Unlike Santa's sleigh and reindeer, this proposed tax program was unable to get off the ground.Over the last year, as vaccines and COVID treatments have become more available, and society has gotten closer to normal, both Hire Santa and the International Brotherhood of Real-Bearded Santas have worked to rebuild the Santa workforce.

"I would say, generally, that the majority of our members raised their prices somewhere between 10 and 15 percent this year," Santa Arnold says. In part, these increased prices compensate Santas for the rising cost of doing business, he says, including higher fuel costs and more expensive Santa suits. But they also reflect the reality that, amidst surging demand, there are only so many Santas to go around. Call it Santaflation.

So, yeah, there is clearly a premium for real beards in the industry, and growing a full-blown Santa beard can take anywhere between six months to a year. Santa Arnold — who is quite the Santa doppelgänger — says he's honed his skills answering kids' questions over many years. Kids, he says, will ask questions like,"'Why aren't your reindeer with us today?' And I'll say, 'well, my sleigh only flies one day a year.' Then they'll ask, 'Well, how do you get around?' And I'll say, 'My elves rent me a car.

 

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planetmoney There is a shortage of everything

planetmoney npr posting a , gulp, Christmas scene? Things must be imploding there, too. Like cnn etc. presskwhore

planetmoney Yeah, they're working three jobs just to pay rent. Maybe pay them a living wage and guarantee some kind of year-round work. Easter Bunny, mascots for school sports, etc.

planetmoney An article worth reading, I assure you. 'What is the meaning of Christmas in our world today?' '...what is the real meaning of Christmas in the midst of environmental destruction, growing levels of poverty and escalating global tensions?'

planetmoney Maybe in addition to bartending I'll let my beard grow out and do some Santa gigs...

planetmoney There's only one Santa and that's Jesus

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