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Bah humbug! Christmas is a bit grinchier this year

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – With the countdown on to Christmas, new information shows the holiday spirit may be taking a hit. We’re finding out from people on the streets of Vancouver if this year is a bit of a humbug.

Blame the less-than-excellent economy. A poll from the Korn/Ferry Institute showing only 40 per cent of respondents plan to attend an office party this year, companies cutting their dos and office gift-giving also dropping. Local businesses tell the Vancouver Sun it’s also been quieter than expected with Christmas consumer spending expected to hit its lowest level since 2005.

This man offers up some blame, “Christmas still means the same family-wise, it’s just the corporate side that has taken away the magic, if you will. Christmas carols started on November 10th, you know, that’s two months before Christmas! I don’t want to hear sleigh bells ringing in the snow for months and months and months on end. It makes me want to pull my hair out.”

Others say the holidays are what you make them and it’s not all about buying and getting.