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MERIC's Holiday Fun Facts

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 31%
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.

21
The number of times St. Louis has had a White Christmas since 1893.


2010
The year of the last white Christmas in St. Louis when three inches of snow was observed Christmas morning.

Kansas City
Has had 25 White Christmases since 1893.

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 2016 for the nation.


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.
30
The number of shopping days in the 2016 holiday season.

Millenials
More millenials than any age group (ages 18 to 34) will shop at the last minute.


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.

154 Million
The number of shoppers in stores or online during Black Friday weekend in 2016.

$289
The average amount spent by consumers on gifts during Black Friday Weekend in 2016.

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

2016
Cyber Monday was the busiest online shopping day in history.


$3.45 Billion
The amount spent shopping online on Cyber Monday 2016.

Amazon
The company that are dominating 2016 Holiday sales, up 10% from last year.

26.2%
One in four consumers have purchased a gift online from Amazon this holiday shopping season.

US Postal Service

Christmas Letter December 19th
This Monday will be the busiest mailing day of the 2016 holiday season.

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

750 million
The estimated number of Holiday packages that will be delivered over the 2016 Holiday season.

241
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.

Christmas Travel Factscommuters

103 Million
Estimated number of people who plan to travel during the 2016 holidays.


Drive
More Americans will choose driving as a means of travel over the holidays.

93.6 Million
The numbers of drivers traveling over the 2016 holidays.

2.5%
The percent air travel is projected to increase in 2016.

$2.03
The average price of a gallon of gas in Missouri on December 15th, 2016.

275 miles
The average distance that holiday commuter will travel over the 2016 holiday.


Sources:
National Retail Federation

Prosper Insights and Analytics
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
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-11-28/cyber-monday-s-reign-as-top-online-spending-day-threatened

http://www.rita.dot.gov/bts/sites/rita.dot.gov.bts/files/publications/america_on_the_go/us_holiday_travel/html/entire.htmhttp://about.usps.com/news/national-releases/2015/pr15_059.htm
National Climatic Data Center Research Customer Service Group
http://gasprices.aaa.com/
http://urbanext.illinois.edu/trees/facts.cfm

https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/news/historical-probability-of-white-christmas https://weather.com/forecast/national/news/white-christmas-forecast-2016http://fox8.com/2016/11/27/and-thats-a-wrap-black-friday-2016-more-shoppers-less-spending/
http://www.thecenterofshopping.com/news/almost-90-of-adults-will-shop-for-holidays-by-christmas-eve-with-60-shoppin

 

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