What Christmas Spirit? Budget Cuts & Holiday BluesAnna Holmes12/15/08 9:30amFiled to: HousekeepingStaffing issuesself-referential236EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkOkay, it's that time, and there's no gentle way to put it, so here goes: As some have heard, budget restructuring has resulted in cutbacks at most of the Gawker Media sites. Including this one.AdvertisementWhat this means:Beginning in January, some staffers will be working on shortened schedules, and another, intern-turned-editorial assistant, Maria-Mercedes, will be moving onto greener pastures altogether. In addition, Hortense, our commenter moderator/weekender will be working only 1/2 days on the weekends, and editor Jessica Grose is moving to a new gig at Slate after the 29th. The result: Fewer posts — Crappy Hour, I'm sad to say, is being discontinued after January 2 — and much sadness all around.