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By Justin Fox
Tonight, if mainstream media accounts and NORAD are to be believed, Santa Claus will depart his North Pole headquarters in a reindeer-drawn flying sleigh and deliver toys to children all over the world.
Santa’s favored method of getting those toys into dwellings is said to be jumping, or maybe shimmying, down the chimney. So I’m surprised there hasn’t been more hullabaloo over the steady decline in the number of new U.S. houses with chimneys. The percentage of newly completed single-family houses with fireplaces has been declining since the early 1990s and is now, at 39% in 2019, the lowest it has been since the Census Bureau started keeping track in 1973.
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