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MERIC's Fun Facts for the Holidays

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

 

White Christmas

Snowflake 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.

30%
Percentage probability of Hannibal, Mo will have 1 inch of snowfall on Christmas this year. Other cities probability are Kansas City: 18%, Columbia: 23%, St. Louis: 19%, and Springfield: 13%.

Shopping

Christmas Shopping$625 billion
The expected holiday sales for the 2014.


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.

28
The number of shopping days in the 2014 holiday season.

$29.36
The amount that each Midwest shoppers planning to spend on Greeting Cards for the Holidays.


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.

Online
Some retailers are taking Christmas Tree orders online and delivering straight to the houses.

Rental
Live Christmas Trees in pots are now available to rent in some areas. The tree is returned and continues to grow in the pot or sold to be planted.

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.

103 Million
The number of shoppers out in stores during Black Friday weekend in 2015.

$50.9 Billion
The estimated amount spent nationally on Black Friday in 2015.

$292.80
The average amount spent by Midwest consumers on Black Friday in 2015.

Clothing/Accessories
The number one item purchased on Black Friday. Over half 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

2014
Cyber Monday was the busiest online shopping day in history with sales topping $1.5 billion.


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

121 Million
The number of people who shopped online on Cyber Monday 2015.

Amazon
The company that dominated Black Friday sales with 36% of online sales.

US Postal Service

Christmas LetterDecember 19th
Deadline to send letters and packages normal delivery.

December 15th
This Monday will be the busiest mailing day of the 2015 holiday season.

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

50 million
The estimated number of Holiday packages that will be delivered on Monday, December 21st.

240
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 21st
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/national-releases/2015/pr15_059.htm
http://missourichristmastrees.org/xmastrees.html

National Climatic Data Center Research Customer Service Group
http://urbanext.illinois.edu/trees/facts.cfm
http://weather.about.com/od/cloudsandprecipitation/l/bl_missourichristmas.htm http://www.crh.noaa.gov/lsx/?n=whitechristmashttp://climate.missouri.edu/news/arc/dec2009.php

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