Sorry Dr. Seuss, it looks like Americans will be reading a different version of your yuletide classic this year: "How the Government Shutdown Stole Christmas."
Even before the shutdown began, there was a lot of uncertainty about whether this holiday shopping season would be better or worse than the last.
Anyone who's been out shopping lately knows retailers are worried, too.
Nothing says "low expectations" quite like the sight of Walmart, Macy's or even Drug Emporium hauling out their Christmas trees, wrapping paper and holiday gift items during the first two weeks of October. (Or as some on my Twitter feed call it, "Pumpkin Spice Latte season.")
So, needless to say, this was probably not the best time to go shutting down the government, laying off hundreds of thousands of workers and pushing the global finance system to the edge of Mount Crumpit.
But don't take my word for it.
"The government shutdown and flirtation with default have dealt a severe and entirely avoidable blow to America's reputation around the world while harming economic growth and job creation," Business Roundtable president John Engler said last week.
Standard and Poor's said last week that, once all the secondary ripple effects are considered, the shutdown likely took about $24 billion out of the economy and pushed consumer confidence to abysmal lows.
"The bottom line is the government shutdown has hurt the U.S. economy," S&P said.
And the economy will go on hurting, S&P said, due to the short-term nature of the deal struck last week.