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!
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.
The number of times St. Louis has had a White Christmas since 1893.
The year of the last white Christmas in St. Louis when three inches of snow was observed Christmas morning.
Has had 25 White Christmases since 1893.
The last year Kansas City had a white Christmas and received four inches of snow.
The expected holiday sales for the 2017 for the nation.
Busiest Shopping Days
The Saturday and Sunday before Christmas.
The number of shoppers that plan to shop the weekend before Christmas this year.
This Holiday shopping season will have 32 days to shop from Thanksgiving until Christmas!
The percentage of shoppers who completed their shopping list by December 12th, 2017.
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
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.
The first artificial trees were made of dyed goose feathers in the 19th Century.
The number of states that grow Christmas trees, including Hawaii and Alaska.
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.
The number of acres in Missouri in Christmas Tree production in 2012.
The number of Christmas Tree farms in Missouri as of 2012.
The number of Christmas trees produced in Missouri in 2012.
The value of Christmas tree ornaments imported from China to the United States each year.
Black 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.
The number of shoppers in stores or online during Black Friday weekend in 2017.
The average amount spent by consumers on gifts during Black Friday Weekend in 2017.
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 was the busiest online shopping day in history.
The number shopping online on Cyber Monday 2017.
The amount people spent this year on Cyber Monday 2017.
The increase of Amazon sales for 2017 Cyber Monday worldwide.
US Postal Service
This Monday will be the busiest mailing day of the 2017 holiday season.
The number of letters, cards and packages processed between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day.
The estimated number of Holiday packages that will be delivered over the 2017 Holiday season.
The number of years the U.S. Postal Service has been delivering holiday packages and cards.
The time it takes the average mall to decorate for the holiday season.
The most frequently played holiday song in shopping malls last year.
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.
Missouri's most holiday sounding place.
Christmas Travel Facts
Estimated number of people who plan to travel during the 2017 holidays.
More Americans will choose driving as a means of travel over the holidays.
The numbers of drivers traveling over the 2017 holidays.
The percent air travel is projected to increase in 2017.
The average price of a gallon of gas in Missouri on December 20th, 2017.
The number of people that will travel by air over the 2017 holiday.
National Retail Federation
Prosper Insights and Analytics
National Climatic Data Center Research Customer Service Group
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