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MERIC's Holiday Fabulous Fun Facts

Enjoy MERIC's fun facts covering all of your holiday favorites: snowfall chances, shopping, decorating, tree selection and more. Have yourself a fun and fabulous holiday season! 

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White Christmas

Snowflake 26
The number of Christmas mornings that have been white or have had an inch or more of snow on the ground in the past 117 years.

5 to 40
The percent chance 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.

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

Shopping

Christmas Shopping$586.1 billion
The expected holiday sales for the 2012.


48.6%
The portion of consumers in the Midwest who hadn't started Christmas Shopping one month before Christmas.

Busiest Shopping Days
The Saturday and Sunday before Christmas.

90%
The percentage of malls with extended holiday hours. On average, hours begin the day after Thanksgiving.

32
The number of shopping days in the 2012 holiday season.

81.8
The percentage of Midwest shoppers planning to purchase gift cards for the 2012 holiday season.


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.

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.

Warren County
The number one county in Missouri for Christmas tree production with 4,978 trees and 102 acres in production. Boone County is second with 2,140 trees and 57 acres in production.

276,000
The number of trees available to be harvested on tree farms in Missouri in 2010.

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


Black Friday LogoBlack Friday Weekend
"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.

247 Million
The number of shoppers out during Black Friday weekend in 2012.

$59.1 Billion
The estimated amount spent nationally on Black Friday in 2012.

$399.39
The average amount spent by Midwest consumers on Black Friday in 2012.

Clothing/Accessories
The number one item purchased on Black Friday. Almost six in ten of Black Friday shoppers purchased clothing or accessories.

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

2012
Cyber Monday was the busiest online shopping day in history with sales topping $1.5 billion.

3rd
The number of times Cyber Monday sales topped $1 billion in spending.


$194.46
The average amount spent by shoppers online on Cyber Monday 2012.

129 Million
The number of people who planned to shop online on Cyber Monday 2012.


US Postal Service

Christmas Letter17.9 Billion
Pieces of mail the U.S. Postal Service expected to deliver between Thanksgiving and Christmas 2012.

2.5 Billion
The number of holiday stamps the U.S. Postal Service has available this year.

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

658 million
The number of letters, cards and packages processed on the busiest day during the holidays.

237
The number of years the U.S. Postal Service has been delivering holiday packages and cards.

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 20th
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
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.agcensus.usda.gov/Publications/2007/Full_Report

http://about.usps.com/news/electronic-press-kits/holidaynews/2012/pdf/by-the-numbers.pdf
http://missourichristmastrees.org/xmastrees.html

National Climatic Data Center Research Customer Service Group
http://urbanext.illinois.edu/trees/facts.cfm

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