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Actually, my comment has been percolating for a day or so, I was reluctant to air my thoughts in case I offended someone  [ Hesi mostly ] but here goes.

I grew up with scenes of hordes of happy kids gathering around the Santa figure, all waiting for their pressies and a chance to sit on Santa's knee and tell him what good boys/girls they had been.  Cheesy?  of course, but the scenes were joyous nonetheless.

The picture Hesi posted showed a dear wee girl sitting disconsolately on her own, several feet away from the equally solitary Santa.

Isn't it sad that innocence has been replaced by mistrust and fear.

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Agree BarryB

Hospo here in Christchurch does an absolute bloody starve for 3 weeks starting Boxing Day, in fact many close for those weeks. If they don’t cash in on business parties in December they are bloody toast.

I dine out as often as I can to support an industry slaughtered during Covid and still struggling to recover

Only bright spot is Uber Eats and in fact my go to Asian place now does 30% of sales via Uber and the owner told me if it weren’t for Uber they would have shut up shop 2 years ago. A lot of gigs tough post Covid, but hospo a basket case

The nonsense of the country closing down for three weeks is crazy, must be a better way

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1 hour ago, Freda said:

Actually, my comment has been percolating for a day or so, I was reluctant to air my thoughts in case I offended someone  [ Hesi mostly ] but here goes.

I grew up with scenes of hordes of happy kids gathering around the Santa figure, all waiting for their pressies and a chance to sit on Santa's knee and tell him what good boys/girls they had been.  Cheesy?  of course, but the scenes were joyous nonetheless.

The picture Hesi posted showed a dear wee girl sitting disconsolately on her own, several feet away from the equally solitary Santa.

Isn't it sad that innocence has been replaced by mistrust and fear.

Today's society I'm afraid, smartphones, social media and commercialism(money) reign supreme.  Philosophical observation, but the wee girl is very shy with strangers, simple as that.  Next year may go better.

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Our 2022 Restaurant Association Hospitality Report shows that nationwide hospitality sales revenue has bounced back.  

In 2022 the industry recorded sales of over $13.38 billion (year ending September 2022). This represents a sales increase of 7.7 per cent over last year. This year’s revenue gains also represent a net 10.75 per cent increase on pre pandemic revenue.

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On 12/19/2023 at 7:26 AM, Hesi said:

Today's society I'm afraid, smartphones, social media and commercialism(money) reign supreme.  Philosophical observation, but the wee girl is very shy with strangers, simple as that.  Next year may go better.

It's not such a bad thing to not want to sit on any random old guy's knee.   🙂

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On 12/19/2023 at 2:15 AM, barryb said:

Many businesses are shut for 2 weeks, Hospo  & almost every other retailer is carved to bits in Jan as many have no money left to spend.

Less than 10% of Kiwis attend Church & over 50% have no religious affiliation, weather wise it’s never been great for holidays, let’s shift them to Auckland Anniversary through till Waitangi instead.

not many Aucklanders would want that after last years Anniversary Weekend baz

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