The Holiday Season: Fun Facts from the U.S. Census

Dec 19, 2011 No Comments by

“Santa Baby, slip a sable under the tree, for me.
been an awful good girl, Santa baby,
so hurry down the chimney tonight.

Santa baby, a 54 convertible too,
Light blue.
I’ll wait up for you dear,
Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight.”

Egg nog, colorful lights, festive trees, and presents. Love it or hate it, ‘tis the season of consumerism. Need evidence? Check out our compilation of holiday-related expenditures.

LIT UP. Candles are a major aspect of Hanukah and Kwaanza celebrations. In 2009, the value of American candle shipments totaled $1.5 billion. That’s a lotta holiday lights.

XMAS BLING. Snowflakes and candles aren’t the only sparkly features of the holiday season. In 2010, 20% of jewelry sales occurred in December.  That represented a 113% jump from the previous month.

WHAT RECESSION? Retail sales in December 2010 totaled $27.2 billion, representing a 44% jump from the previous month.  Inventories across the nation plummeted by an average of 22%.

ONLINE SHOPPING. $34 billion worth of retail was sold via online or mail-order in December 2010. It’s not very surprising with online dating and online education becoming incredibly popular trends.

MADE IN CHINA. Between January and September 2011, the U.S. imported $983 million worth of Christmas tree ornaments, and $79.7 million worth of artificial Christmas trees.  We also imported $2.5 billion worth of children’s toys during the same period.

MADE IN THE U.S.A. In 2009, 88 establishments around the country primarily manufactured dolls and stuffed toys, and 579 establishments produced games, toys, and children’s vehicles.

…And where we’re celebrating: More than 312 million Americans are celebrating across the nation in 2011. We’re unwrapping presents, lighting candles, and ringing in the New Year in North Pole, Alaska, Santa Claus, Indiana, and Snowflake, Arizona. Santa’s reindeer stop in Rudolph, Wisconsin and Dasher, Georgia.

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