Some Interesting Christmas Season Facts

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Place names associated with the holiday season include North Pole, Alaska (population 2,212 in 2008); Santa Claus, Ind. (2,314); Santa Claus, Ga. (250); Noel, Mo. (1,608); and — if you know about reindeer — the village of Rudolph, Wis. (412) and Dasher, Ga. (849). There is Snowflake, Ariz. (5,673) and a dozen places named Holly, including Holly Springs, Miss., and Mount Holly, N.C.

Source: Population estimates

Proportion of the nation’s spuds produced in Idaho and Washington in 2008 was 50.4%. Potato latkes are always a crowd pleaser during Hanukkah.

Source: National Agriculture Statistics Service

Sales by U.S. Christmas tree farmers in 2007 was $410 million.

Source: USDA Economic Research Service

Sales by Christmas tree farmers in Oregon in 2007, which led the nation was $109.3 million.

Source: USDA Economic Research Service

The value of U.S. imports of Christmas tree ornaments from China between January and August 2009 was $470.3 million. China was the leading country of origin for such items. Similarly, China was the leading foreign source of artificial Christmas trees shipped to the United States ($28.6 million worth) during the same period.

Source: Foreign Trade Statistics

Number of establishments around the country that primarily manufactured dolls and stuffed toys in 2007 was 94; they employed 1,641 people. California led the nation with 17 locations.

Source: County Business Patterns

The number of locations that primarily produced games, toys and children’s vehicles in 2007 was 683; they employed 10,708 workers. California led the nation with 112 establishments.

Source: County Business Patterns

Total value of shipments for dolls, toys and games by manufacturers in 2007 was $3.2 billion.

Source: 2007 Economic Census

The value of U.S. toy imports including stuffed toys (excluding dolls), puzzles and electric trains from China between January and August 2009 was $4.3 billion. China was the leading country of origin for stuffed toys coming into this country, as well as for a number of other popular holiday gifts. These include roller skates ($30 million), sports footwear ($120 million), golf balls ($31 million) and basketballs ($29 million). China leads Canada as the leading supplier of ice skates ($12 million versus $5 million), with Thailand ranking third ($4 million).

Source: Foreign Trade Statistics


Number of cards, letters and packages the U.S. Postal Service will deliver between Dec. 1 and Christmas this year is 16.6 billion. The busiest mailing day was Dec. 14, and Dec. 16 was the busiest delivery day

Source: U.S. Postal Service

Retail sales by the nation’s department stores (including leased departments) in December 2008 was $28.2 billion. This represented a 40 percent jump from the previous month (when retail sales, many holiday-related, registered $20.2 billion). No other month-to-month increase in department store sales last year was as large.

Other U.S. retailers with sizable jumps in sales between November and December 2008 were book stores (95 percent); clothing stores (32 percent); jewelry stores (125 percent); radio, TV and other electronics stores (38 percent); and sporting goods stores (62 percent).

Source: Service Sector Statistics

The growth in inventories by our nation’s department stores (excluding leased departments) from Aug. 31 to Nov. 30, 2008 was 23%. Thanks to the holiday crowds, inventories plummeted by 25 percent in December.

Source: Service Sector Statistics

(Note: Leased departments are separately owned businesses operated as departments or concessions of other service establishments or of retail businesses, such as a separately owned shoeshine parlor in a barber shop, or a beauty shop in a department store. Also, retail sales estimates have not been adjusted to account for seasonal or pricing variations.)

Value of retail sales by electronic shopping and mail-order houses in December 2008 was $24 Billion— the highest total for any month last year.

Source: Service Sector Statistics

The number of electronic shopping and mail-order houses in business in 2007 was 16,670. These businesses, which employed 268,328 workers, are a popular source of holiday gifts. Their 2007 sales: $199 billion, of which 44.6 percent were attributable to e-commerce. California led the nation in the number of these establishments and their employees, with 2,493 and 32,971, respectively.

Source: County Business Patterns and Annual Trade Survey

If you’re not sure where to do your shopping, choices of retail establishments abound: In 2007, there were 155,371 clothing and clothing accessories stores; 10,116 department stores; 9,515 hobby, toy and game shops; 30,920 gift, novelty and souvenir shops; 23,756 sporting goods stores; 27,484 jewelry stores; and 10,635 book stores across the nation. The figures shown are for locations with paid employees.

Source: County Business Patterns


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