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Christmas Holiday Fun Facts

Enjoy MERIC’s fun facts covering all of your holiday favorites: Shopping, decorating, snowfall chances, tree selection and more. Have a holly jolly Christmas!

Shopping

Christmas Shopping1/3
The portion of consumers that buy items the last week before Christmas.


Busiest Shopping Days
The Saturday and Sunday before Christmas.

99%
The percentage of malls with extended holiday hours. On average they begin November 23, the day after Thanksgiving.

57%
The percentage of mall based gift certificates/cards redeemed during the month of January.

1,050
The average number of gifts wrapped per mall for the 2007 holiday season.


$23 Billion
The value of retail sales by electronic shopping and mail order houses in December 2007.

White Christmas

Snowflake22
The number of Christmas mornings that have been white or had an inch or more of snow on the ground in the past 114 years in St. Louis.

18 to 23
The percent chance of having a white Christmas in Missouri this year.

2005
The year of the last white Christmas in St. Louis when one inch of snow was observed Christmas morning.


Santa's Helpers

Santa6 hours
The time it takes the average mall to decorate for the holiday season, with some taking as long as 20 hours.

Jingle Bells
The most frequently played holiday song in shopping malls last year.

White Christmas
The second most frequently played holiday song last year in shopping malls.

3,750
The average number of candy canes given out by Santa during the 2007 holiday season.

162
The average number that visited Santa per day during the 2007 holiday season.


Christmas Tree Facts

Christmas Tree $493 Million
Sales by U.S. Christmas tree farmers in 2007.

Pine and Fir
The best selling types of Christmas tree including: Scotch pine, Douglas fir, Noble fir, Fraser fir, Virginia pine, Balsam fir and White pine.

50
The number of states that grow Christmas trees, including Hawaii and Alaska.

7 to 10
The average number of years it takes for a Christmas tree to mature.

21,000
The number of Christmas tree growers in the United States.

12,000
The number of cut-your-own farms in the United States.

92,483
Missouri’s crop of cut Christmas trees, last reported for 2002.

Environmentally friendly
Farm-raised Christmas trees remove dust and pollen from the air and are often recycled.

US Postal Service

Christmas Letter20 Billion
Pieces of mail the U.S. Postal Service expected to deliver between Thanskgiving and Christmas 2008.

December 17th
The busiest mailing day of the holiday season.

275 Million
Pieces of mail delivered on the peak mailing day.

Sources:
http://www.crh.noaa.gov/lsx/?n=whitechristmas
http://www.bls.gov
http://www.census.gov/mrts/www/mrts.html
http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/trees/treefacts.html
http://www.icsc.org/
http://www.agcensus.usda.gov
http://www.ers.usda.gov
http://www.deloitte.com/dtt/article
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