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MERIC's Winter Holidays Fun Facts

MERIC has gathered various fun facts covering all of your holiday favorites: snowfall chances, shopping, decorating, tree selection and more. Have yourself a warm and wondrous holiday season! 

 

White Christmas

Snowflake 5% to 30%
The likelihood of having a white Christmas in Missouri this year depending on the area of the state. Northern Missouri has a higher likelihood of snow than southern Missouri.

22
The number of times St. Louis has had a White Christmas since 1893.


2017
The year of the last white Christmas in St. Louis when at least one inch of snow was observed Christmas morning.

Kansas City
Kansas City has an 18% probability of having a White Christmas this year.

2013
The last year Kansas City had a white Christmas and received four inches of snow.

Shopping

Christmas Shopping$1 trillion
The expected holiday sales for the 2018 for the nation.


Busiest Shopping Days
The Saturday and Sunday before Christmas.

32
This Holiday shopping season will have 32 days to shop from Thanksgiving until Christmas!

Peak Shopper Hours
The hours between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. will be the busiest on the weekends, with 4:00 p.m. being the peak.

Christmas Tree Facts

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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.


Goose Feathers
The first artificial trees were made of dyed goose feathers in the 19th Century.

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

Environmentally friendly
Farm-raised Christmas trees remove dust and pollen from the air and are often recycled as wildlife cover in ponds.

1 to 2 Gallons
The amount of water a live cut Christmas tree will consume per day.

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

1,324
The number of acres in Missouri in Christmas Tree production in 2012.

98
The number of Christmas Tree farms in Missouri as of 2012.

32,810
The number of Christmas trees produced in Missouri in 2012.

$1.1 Billion
The value of Christmas tree ornaments imported from China to the United States each year.

Black Friday Weekend

Black Friday Logo"Black Friday" is the Friday following Thanksgiving Day, which is the beginning of the traditional holiday shopping season. Black Friday weekend encompasses the days of Thanksgiving through Sunday.

165 Million
The number of shoppers in stores or online during Black Friday weekend in 2018.

$331
The average amount spent by consumers on gifts during Black Friday Weekend in 2018.

Clothing/Accessories
The number one item purchased on Black Friday. Over half of Black Friday shoppers purchased clothing or accessories.

$413
The biggest spenders were older Millennials (25-34 years old) and Gen Xers (35 to 44 years old) at $413.

Cyber Monday Facts

Cyber Monday Santa"Cyber Monday" is the first Monday after Black Friday designated for the start of the online shopping season.

2018
Cyber Monday was the busiest online shopping day in history.


18 to 19 percent
The predicted online increase in sales for Cyber Monday 2018.

67.4 Billion
The number of people shopping online on Cyber Monday 2018.


US Postal Service

Christmas Letter December 17th
This Monday will be the busiest online day of the Post Office 2018 holiday season, with 8 million customers for help in shipping holiday gifts.

16.0 billion
The number of letters, cards and packages processed between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day.

900 million
The estimated number of Holiday packages that will be delivered over the 2017 Holiday season.

243
The number of years the U.S. Postal Service has been delivering holiday packages and cards.

Informed Delivery
New digital preview and service to let you know what packages are being delivered to you.

Santa's Helpers

Santa5 Days
The time it takes the average mall to decorate for the holiday season.

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

November 15th
The day Santa arrives this year at most malls to listen to children's wishes and to give out candy canes, coloring books and lollipops.

Noel, Mo
Missouri's most holiday sounding place.

Sources:
National Retail Federation

Prosper Insights and Analytics
http://www.bls.gov
http://www.census.gov
http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/trees/treefacts.html
http://www.icsc.org/
http://www.agcensus.usda.gov
http://www.ers.usda.gov
http://about.usps.com
National Climatic Data Center Research Customer Service Group
http://urbanext.illinois.edu/trees/facts.cfm
https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/news/historical-probability-of-white-christmas

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