I know. :( Loss of the Arch really made a huge (and not good) difference in the festive air this past Christmas Season. I remember when they first put up the arch, but it was such a beautiful addition it's hard to understand why they'd take it away.
I remember too when the Santas and Storytellers were gone after Christmas day. It made it more authentic that way... now they are there throughout the entire season. Gives more people a chance to see them, but somehow spoils the whole "Santa is real" sort of thing they had going on with having Santa gone as of Christmas day.