Christmas Comes (Very, Very) Early in Venezuela This Year
Impatient for Navidad? Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has declared the holiday almost two months early. Critics claim the move aims to boost votes for the Dec. 8 election – workers will receive two-thirds of their bonuses and pensions this weekend. This comes on the heels of the nation using bonds to buy holiday imports, from toys to booze to wrapping paper, and establishing a cabinet-level Deputy Minister of Supreme Happiness. But in a nation with major shortages and soaring inflation, it’s doubtful any one (mortal) man can truly save Christmas.