New York, NY – Eight months have moved by pretty quickly. At this point, New York has done its share to try and manage the spread of COVID-19. With the recent news of a vaccine, there is hope on the horizon that normal business can resume. For what it’s worth, the stock market is showing promise as confidence increases in future markets.
Nevertheless, winter is moving in quickly. Outdoor dining will be a challenge. There are still restrictions on public gatherings. Self-help, personal improvement and 12 step groups have kept their meetings limited to video conferencing. Meanwhile, closing into the end of the year, 501C3 and not-for-profit groups are becoming inventive to create online fundraisers with virtual auctions and raffles.
New York City’s Rockefeller Center is only days away from its annual tree lighting event on December 2 which is a tradition that reaches back to 1931 when construction workers pooled their money together and put up a 20’ Christmas tree. The broadcasting by NBC is a tradition that began back in 1951 giving way to the sparkle of Christmas cheer.
Of course, the holiday spirit and holiday shopping will be drastically different this year. However, most of the real shopping will be done online instead of in stores.
World leaders have already warned that Covid-19 will put holiday celebrations in jeopardy. Aside from celebrations Covid restrictions will put the typical visits from Santa in malls at risk as well. However, to improve the mood on the homefront, families have decided to set their Christmas sights early this year. Families are beginning to decorate earlier this year with hopes to accentuate the positive and welcome the year 2021with open arms — and with the need to improve morale this year, staying positive in a tough market is a strong way to promote a better mood.
Still, with school closings and virtual learning practices, the young ones are wondering if Santa Claus will make his way this year. Therefore, we at LaborPress would like to offer the good news that yes, The Big Man has informed us that his workshop has remained Covid-safe and with all the thanks due to the Elves and Toymakers Union Local 1225, Santa himself has guaranteed his trip this year will take off without a hitch.
When reached for comment, Santa advised the office at Laborpress that he will be checking messages on his personal hotline. Families can reach Santa’s voicemail directly at (951) 262-3062. Mr. Claus announced his special plans this week to ensure a strong finish to a troublesome year. In a statement, Union President and Elf in Chief, Shinny Upatree advised, “We’re all ready up here. So be sure to be good down there!”
When Santa was asked about the vaccine and the disbursement that has been rejected by New York’s Governor, he refused to comment directly but said, “Some people will have gifts under their tree. And others, well, some will get coal in their socks.”
Ben Kimmel is a proud member of the IUOE Local 94, as well as a Mental Health First Aid Instructor, Certified Recovery Coach, Certified Professional Life Coach, and Peer & Wellness Advocate. Ben can be reached at email@example.com.