We are just a few weeks away from Christmas and I thought it would be a great time to share some holiday fun facts with you. Just in case you need a little help at that holiday or office party to keep the small talk going here are nineteen random facts, well not completely random, a lot of them have to do with personal finance.
These I’m sure will dazzle your friends and family members as you drop these holiday knowledge nuggets on them. I have scoured the internet to bring you these important bits of information to save you time and energy during this busy time of year. Wishing you and your families all the very best this holiday season.
Holiday Fun Facts
- 49% of Americans plan to use cash to pay for gifts this holiday season, which is 6% less than 2015 and 4% less than 2014.
- WAL-MART generates $3,000,000.00 in revenues every 7 minutes.
- Americans eat more than 22 million pounds of turkey each Christmas/holiday season.
- Each year, more than 50,000 people are injured by jewelry in the U.S.
- The red and white striped candy canes were first made around 1900. The traditional candy cane flavor is peppermint. However, it is also made in a variety of other flavors and colored stripes. Over 1.76 billion candy canes are made each year.
- There are approximately 25-30 million Real Christmas Trees sold in the U.S. every year.
- In 2015 the most popular toy by sales was the Frozen Sing Along Elsa Doll, costing $39.99 and was in 49% of all homes.
- In 2015 Black Friday Shoppers spent $67,560,000,000 in stores, $2,932,000,00 online for an average of $403.35 per person.
- Christmas is the largest card-sending holiday in the United States with approximately 1.3 billion cards sent annually.
- Liquid calories. A 4-oz cup of eggnog contains approximately 350 calories. Spiking the nog with alcohol can add another 300 calories.
- Amazon.com is the top visited Online retailer on Black Friday with 7.96 million unique visitors.
- It can take as many as 15 years to grow a tree of typical height (6 – 7 feet) or as little as 4 years, but the average growing time is 7 years.
- American consumers plan to spend an average $935.58 during the holiday shopping.
- Every year, about 1,000 people are injured by their tree, usually while fixing stars, lights or other decorations to the higher branches.
- Best Buy spends the most money on Google Keyword “Black Friday”
- The average person buying gift cards will spend $172.74, up from $163.16 last year. Total spending is expected to reach $31.74 billion.
- Close to $1 billion went un-redeemed on gift cards in 2015.
- There are close to 350 million Real Christmas Trees currently growing on Christmas Tree farms in the U.S. alone, all planted by farmers.
The facts were compiled from the following sites:
Do you have any useless information to share about the holidays? Which of these did you find most interesting?
Brian is a Dad, husband, and an IT professional by trade. A Personal Finance Blogger since 2013. Who, with his family, has successfully paid off over $100K worth of consumer debt. Now that Brian is debt free, his mission is to help his three children prepare for their financial lives and educate others to achieved financial success. Brian is involved in his local community. As a Financial Committee Chair with the Board of Education of his local school district, he has helped successfully launch a K-12 financial literacy program in a six thousand student district.