CHRISTMAS By The Numbers

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How do Americans observe Christmas:

-> 95% say that they celebrate the holiday

-> 93% exchange gifts

-> 74% go to parties

-> 65% attend religious services

-> 88% put up trees.

-> Americans buy 25 to 30 million real trees and 8 to 12 million artificial trees.

-> Record number of lights on a Christmas tree achieved in Belgium on 2010: 194,672

-> Number of future Christmas trees growing on US Farms: 350,000,000

-> Value of the most expensively decorated Christmas tree: 11,026,900

-> 20 foot fir erected by construction workers on Christmas eve: in the year 1931

-> 50 foot tree unveiled at first official lighting ceremony: in the year 1933

-> 100 foot and 100 year old, 10 ton Norway Spruce is biggest yet: 1999

-> 30,000 energy efficient LEDs make the occasion more eco-friendly

-> Americans send 1.5 billion Christmas cards annually

-> Around 30% of the population visits a post office during holidays

-> American military installations overseas receive 30 million pounds of holiday mail each year.

-> The US postal service sells over 1.3 billion winter holiday stamps each year, amounting to 10% of annual stamp sales.

-> The US postal service delivers 15.8 billion cards, letters and packages between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve.

SOURCE: ColumnFiveMedia

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