Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas

Christmas tree
Christmas tree (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

To all of our readers, please have a wonderful Christmas!

For your enjoyment, here are some fun facts from our friends at the Census Bureau:

Christmas Trees and Decorations           
$1.0 billion
The value of U.S. imports of Christmas tree ornaments from China between January and September 2013. 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 ($93.0 million worth) during the same period.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Foreign Trade Statistics

Where the Toys are ... Made
Number of establishments around the country that primarily manufactured dolls and stuffed toys in 2011. California led the nation with 10 locations.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, County Business Patterns, NAICS code 339931,

The number of locations that primarily produced games, toys and children’s vehicles in 2011; they employed 7,187 workers. California led the nation with 88 establishments.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, County Business Patterns, NAICS code 339932,

Nearly 15 billion
Pieces of mail the U.S. Postal Service expects to deliver between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. The busiest mailing day is set for Dec.16, and Dec. 18 will be the busiest delivery day.
Source: U.S. Postal Service

Estimated proportion of the nation’s potatoes produced in Idaho and Washington during the fall of 2012. Potato latkes are always a crowd pleaser during Hanukkah.  
Source: National Agriculture Statistics Service, Crop Production, Page 57

$1.4 billion
The estimated value of product shipments of candles in 2011 by U.S. manufacturers. Many of these candles are lit during Diwali, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa celebrations.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Annual Survey of Manufacturers,

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