Holiday Facts from the Census Bureau

The U.S. Census Bureau puts out an occasional press release called “Facts for Features” (great for those sidebars in your local newspaper) . Here are some fun facts for Christmas:

  • 1.9 billion Christmas cards are mailed every year, making Christmas the largest card-sending occasion in the U.S. (Valentine’s Day is a distant second with 192 million cards sent).
  • The Post Office delivers about 1 million packages a day through Christmas Eve. The busiest delivery day? December 21.
  • There were 20.8 million Christmas trees cut in 2002; most of those trees were grown in Oregon (6.2 million).
  • In December 2004, retailers reported holiday sales of $31.9 billion, a 54% jump over November 2004 sales.

Want to find out more? You can read the entire release at Facts for Features: The Holiday Season.

Posted by Tami Smith to gov docs at 12/19/2005 11:56:00 AM

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