mistletoeFrom shopping malls to decking the halls, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Read MERIC’s holiday fun facts from the chance of having snow to picking your favorite Christmas tree. Have a holly jolly Christmas!

White Christmas

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.

The percent chance of having a white Christmas in St. Louis this year.

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

Santa’s Helpers

$21 billion
Value of retail sales by electronic shopping and mail-order houses in December 2006 — the highest total for any month last year.

1.7 million

The number of people employed at department stores in December 2006. Retail employment typically swells during the holiday season, last year rising by an estimated 40,600 from November and 174,700 from October.

28 percent
The proportion of growth in inventories by our nation’s department stores (excluding leased departments) through Aug. 31 to Nov. 30, 2006. Thanks to the holiday crowds, inventories plummeted by 23 percent in December 2006.

7 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.

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

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

The average number of gifts wrapped per mall for the 2006 holiday season.

Green Forest Facts

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.

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.

The number of Christmas tree growers in the United States.

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

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

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






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