4 Million Christmas Gifts Stuck in “Santa’s Workshop”

Travel News — By Lia Del Priore on December 23, 2010 at 1:11 pm

Over 4 million holiday presents are currently stuck in transit in the UK, with horribly bad weather and icy conditions to blame. It seems Santa did a good amount of online shopping this year, and sadly most of the millions of presents purchased are still sitting in the warehouses where they were ordered from, according to the UK’s DailyMail.

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Dubbed “The Big Freeze,” the massive amounts of snow and frigid temperatures all around Europe (but especially England) are not just delaying ground and air transportation, but making it practically impossible. Many online stores have canceled their Christmas orders entirely, not only causing problems for those depending on online shopping but also hurting the general economy and profits of the stores themselves. In addition, the snow is putting a serious damper on holiday travel plans, just adding to the unfortunately-timed weather chaos.

According to the UK’s BBC News, European airports are looking at a 65% reduction in passengers due to the bad weather.¬† The rail passengers aren’t exactly getting off any easy. Trains are also¬†down all across the UK due to the bombardment of winter weather.

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Tags: Christmas, holidays, mail, presents, travel


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    Sorry to hear this news.
    Anyway, wish everyone Merry X-mas and happy new year!

  • Phil says:

    As someone who makes Christmas crackers for a living the arrival of the snow in our busiest period of the year was a real kick in the teeth. Not only did it stop people from ordering online from us, those who did found that it took weeks for their orders to arrive. Even at the time of posting this we have customers who still haven’t received their orders one month on and they were even sent by recorded delivery. Crackers in February aren’t much use.

    Shame on the Post Office!


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