Archive for November 28th, 2006

Holiday Season: Facts & Figures

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

The US Census Bureau released recently a report on the Facts & Figures of the Holiday Season. Here are some of the highlights…

Season’s Greetings
1.9 billion: Number of Christmas cards sent to friends and loved ones every year

Christmas Trees
20.8 million: Number of Christmas trees cut around the country (2002).

Cities With Holiday Names
Christmas, Fla., North Pole, Alaska; Santa Claus, Ind.; Santa Claus, Ga.; Noel, Mo.; the village of Rudolph, Wis. There is Snowflake, Ariz.; Dasher, Ga.; and a dozen places named Holly, including Holly Springs, Miss., and Mount Holly, N.C.

Holiday Shopping — The December Rush
$31.9 billion: Retail sales by the nation’s department stores in December 2004.

E-Shopping
$21.5 billion: Retail e-commerce sales for the fourth quarter of 2004.

It’s in the Mail
20 billion: Number of letters, packages and cards delivered by the U.S. Postal Service between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

source:
The Holiday Season: Facts & Figures From the US Census Bureau

(Nov.28) Today we're celebrating…A Charlie Brown Christmas

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

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A Charlie Brown Christmas

"And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” And suddenly, there was with the angel a multitude of the Heavenly Host praising God, and saying, “Glory to God in the Highest, and on Earth peace, and good will toward men."

"That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown."

While its not really a holiday, its cause for celebration for us “Charlie Browniacs” around here. Featuring the whole Peanuts crew, including Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Sally, and Snoopy, of all the animated Christmas TV shows this one is the best.

I’ve been watching this Christmas classic every year! (Boy am I old!) And with Charles Schulz’s birthday just a couple of days go – November 26th - it’s kind of poetic that "A Charlie Brown Christmas" will be broadcast tonight (Nov. 28) at 8pm pm ABC. Enjoy! :)

links:
Wikipedia: A Charlie Brown Christmas
The Christmas classic that almost wasn’t

Cost of "Twelve Days of Christmas" up for 2006

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

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According to PNC Financial Service Group buying each item needed for the "12 Days of Christmas" would set you back almost 19 thousand dollars! And its wages that help to raise the cost over last year. With the Lords-A-Leaping, Ladies Dancing and Pipers piping costing the most. Sadly those Maids-a-Milking are still making minimum wage ($5.15 per hour).

The 9 Ladies Dancing would be the priciest item at $4,759. Even the pear tree has gone up. $129.99 compared to $89.99 last year. I guess they don’t know about the fall seasonal sales on trees and shrubs at our local nurseries!

National Poll: "Merry Christmas" vs "Happy Holidays"

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

Here’s some holiday interest:
According to a recent poll of 1000 adults, when asked the question - Would you prefer stores to show signs saying “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays”?

Sixty-nine percent (69%) of Americans prefer stores to use the phrase “Merry Christmas” in their seasonal advertising rather than the generic “Happy Holidays.” A Rasmussen Reports survey of 1,000 adults finds that just 23% prefer the “Happy Holidays” greeting.

source: National Poll: "Merry Christmas" vs "Happy Holidays"

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