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MERIC's Fun Facts for the Winter Holidays

MERIC has collected various 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 2017 for the nation.


Busiest Shopping Days
The Saturday and Sunday before Christmas.

126 Million
The number of shoppers that plan to shop the weekend before Christmas this year.

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

12%
The percentage of shoppers who completed their shopping list by December 12th, 2017.

39%
The number of consumers that indicated that they would like to receive a "Gift of Experience" for the holidays. A "Gift of Experience" could include a spa treatment or concert tickets.

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.

174 Million
The number of shoppers in stores or online during Black Friday weekend in 2017.

$335
The average amount spent by consumers on gifts during Black Friday Weekend in 2017.

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.

2017
Cyber Monday was the busiest online shopping day in history.


81 million
The number shopping online on Cyber Monday 2017.

$6.6 Billion
The amount people spent this year on Cyber Monday 2017.

50%
The increase of Amazon sales for 2017 Cyber Monday worldwide.

US Postal Service

Christmas Letter December 19th
This Monday will be the busiest mailing day of the 2017 holiday season.

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

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

242
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 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.

Christmas Travel Factscommuters

103 Million
Estimated number of people who plan to travel during the 2017 holidays.


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

107.3 Million
The numbers of drivers traveling over the 2017 holidays.

3.1%
The percent air travel is projected to increase in 2017.

$2.15
The average price of a gallon of gas in Missouri on December 20th, 2017.

6.4 Million
The number of people that will travel by air over the 2017 holiday.


Sources:
National Retail Federation

Prosper Insights and Analytics
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://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
http://about.usps.com/news/national-releases/2017/pr17_080.htms https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2017/11/22/consumers-can-often-receive-huge-off-discounts-and-have-often-delayed-their-purchases-waiting-deals/885917001/s https://techcrunch.com/2017/11/29/cyber-monday-topped-prime-day-to-become-amazons-biggest-shopping-day-ever/shttp://www.cnn.com/2005/SHOWBIZ/11/17/deck.the.malls/

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