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CRESTWOOD, MO (KTVI)– It’s something you’d never expect to see. Call it a sign of the times.

This may be one of the saddest sights of a struggling economy and even more depressing than an empty mall during the holiday season – a mall Santa without a mall.

With most of the stores closed, this year the Crestwood Mall will have no Santa.

It’s not easy for this Santa without a mall, but he is still not ready to hang up the red suit. He picks up a few Santa jobs here and there.

For now, this mall’s Santa is gone, but he hasn’t left Crestwood.

This Santa is still waiting for a phone call for a chance to bring his Christmas magic to all.