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Christmas Statistics

Christmas 2012

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Merry Christmas! December 25 is the observed date of the birth of Jesus Christ. Over the two thousand year period since then, Christmas has acquired numerous traditions. Christmas has become a time of eggnog and pine trees, snowmen and santas, celebration and gathering, when gifts are given to friends and family.

The U.S. Census Bureau collects data from other federal agencies concerning facets of Christmas. Here are some of their most up to date Christmas related statistics:

  • The holiday season is prime time for retailers. December 2010 saw a total of $27.2 billion in sales. This was a 44 percent increase in sales over November 2010.
  • To put the above numbers in perspective, department stores saw 14 percent of their total sales in December 2010. Were sales uniform throughout the year, each month would show about 8% of sales.
  • Jewelry stores indicate that 20 percent of their yearly sales are in the month of December.
  • For options of where to do your Christmas shopping consider the following. In 2009 in the U.S. there were:
    • 150,205 clothing and clothing accessories stores
    • 27,738 gift, novelty and souvenir shops
    • 24,973 jewelry stores
    • 21,628 sporting goods stores
    • 9,390 book stores
    • 8,663 department stores
    • 8,424 hobby, toy and game shops
  • When looking at imports to the U.S., the leading country for Christmas tree ornaments is China. Ornaments imported from China between January 2011 and September 2011 are valued at $983 million.
  • Artificial Christmas trees imported to the U.S. from China between January 2011 and September 2011 are valued at $79.7 million.
  • Toys such as dolls imported to the U.S. from China between January 2011 and September 2011 are valued at $2.5 billion.
  • The top three suppliers to the U.S. of ice skates are China at $17.7 million, Thailand with $9.8 million and Canada at $4.2 million.
  • In 2009 there were 88 establishments in the U.S. making stuffed toys and dolls. Over 17 percent of these companies were located in the state of California.
  • In 2009 there were 579 establishments in the U.S. making games and toys. This was a source of employment for 7,858 workers. Nearly 17 percent of these companies were located in the state of California.
  • Places abound in the U.S. with Christmas themed names:
    • Santa Claus, Indiana with 2010 population of 2,481
    • Santa Claus, Georgia with 2010 population of 165
    • Rudolph, Wisconsin with 2010 population of 439
    • Snowflake, Arizona with 2010 population of 5,590
    • Noel, Missouri with 2010 population of 1,832

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