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Not-so-jolly economy has folks who don red suits fearing red ink this year

It's getting more expensive to play Santa. Walter Finch says his dry-cleaning fees have nearly doubled this year. (John Bohn / Globe Staff Photo) It's getting more expensive to play Santa. Walter Finch says his dry-cleaning fees have nearly doubled this year.
By Erich Schwartzel
Globe Correspondent / December 9, 2008

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Turns out, even St. Nick isn't immune to these bah humbug economic times. As companies cut holiday office parties, those who get paid to wear Santa suits are being squeezed by the downturn: Some are getting fewer gigs, others have to work more for less money, and some Clauses are battling rising expenses. Adding to that, more Santas are flooding ... (Full article: 846 words)

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