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Food for thought this holiday season?

I thought these were some interesting things to think about this Holiday season.

  • The 3 billion Christmas cards sold each year in the U.S. could fill a football field 10 stories high. If we each sent one less card, we’d save 50,000 cubic yards of paper.

*Statistic from Stanford University

  • If every family reused two feet of holiday ribbon, the 38,000 miles of ribbon saved could tie a bow around the entire planet.

*Statistic from Stanford University

  • Americans throw away 25% more trash between Thanksgiving and New Year's than any other time of year.

*Statistic from Environmental Protection Agency

  • Christmas trees have been sold in the US since 1850.

  • Approximately 25-30 million Real Christmas Trees are sold in the U.S. every year.

  • Christmas tree farms are good for the planet they consume carbon dioxide and produce oxygen.

  • Most varieties of Christmas trees take about 6-8 years to grow to 6 feet tall.

  • President Coolidge started the White House Holiday lighting ceremony in 1923.

  • Alabama was the first state to declare Christmas a legal holiday in 1836, and Oklahoma was the last in 1890.

  • Santa's trademark red and white suit was originally green and white. It was altered as part of a 1930’s advertising campaign by Coca-Cola!

  • During Christmas time at least 15,000 casualties are taken to the ER each year, due to household accidents like falling off ladders, cooking, and miscellaneous mishaps.

  • Dried Christmas trees spark hundreds of fires, an average of 17 deaths, and $13 million in property damage annually.

  • Rockefeller Center's famous Christmas tree features more than 50,000 multicolored LED lights—That's nearly five miles of lights!

  • Candy canes date back to 1670. The story is told that the choirmaster at the Cologne Cathedral in Germany gave the red and white sugar sticks to young singers to keep them quiet during the Living Creche tradition on Christmas Eve.

  • "Xmas" has been used since the mid-1500s. The letter X is the first letter in the Greek word for Christ.

  • A List of predicted busiest shopping days in the United States are:

  1. Friday, Nov. 24 – Black Friday

  2. Saturday, Dec. 23 – Super Saturday

  3. Saturday, Dec. 16 – Third Saturday in December

  4. Friday, Dec. 22 – Friday before Christmas

  5. Saturday, Nov. 25 – Saturday after Black Friday

  6. Tuesday, Dec. 26 – Boxing Day

  • For the entire holiday shopping season, the NRF estimates sales could reach $966 billion in 2023.

Have a Happy Holiday.


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