Christmas is less than one month away but there are noticeably less decorations in the shops or on the streets in my local town of Cesena in Italy.

It’s a definite sign of the economic crisis starting to bite.

The festive lights are reduced downtown too as many store owners have refused to help the local council foot the bill.

On top of this, I’ve yet to see one of those fake Santa models dangling precariously from a balcony or drainpipe.

Maybe they’ll be a late surge closer to the big day itself but in the meantime this photo shows one local resident’s solution in these hard times.

Outside the house is a sign promoting recycling and, who knows, this may be the start of a new trend!

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