Santa Claus is apparently not immune to the recession, in order to offset years of rising feed prices Santa apparently has opted for less horse power.
Without much warning reindeer Donner and Blitzen were laid off just before Thanksgiving.
This week a video surfaced in the form of a television commercial featuring Alltel's famous ding dong Chad, aboard Santa's sleigh with only six reindeer.
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Donner and Blizten have not returned repeated phone calls and emails requesting comment and there has been no official word on the status of Rudolph.
In other news from the North Pole; International Brotherhood of Elves Union Local 365 is calling for a strike on Christmas Eve after it was discovered the usual Thanksgiving turkey dinner was served with an alternative meat substitute, a clear violation of the current contract.