By the Numbers: Christmas



Percentage of Americans who prefer using the term “Happy Holidays” to “Merry Christmas.”



Percentage of Americans that attend holiday religious services.



Percentage of Americans that put up Christmas trees.



Total number of gifts the “true love” gives in “The 12 Days of Christmas.”



The amount the average American is expected to spend this year on Christmas gifts.



This year’s cost of one set of each gift in “The 12 Days of Christmas” song.



The record number of lights put on a single Christmas tree, in Belgium in 2010.


3 billion

The number of Christmas cards Americans send.


5.8 million

The average miles per hour Santa must travel in his sled to deliver presents all over the world in one night.


7.31 million

The number of Kenny G.’s The Holiday Album that have sold since its release in 1994, making it the top-selling holiday recording of all time. That is followed by Josh Groban’s Noel (5.71 million sold) and Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas (5.37 million).


17 million

The number of Christmas trees harvested annually in the U.S.


30 million

The number of pounds of holiday mail American military installations overseas receive each year.


$260 million

The amount the movie How the Grinch Stole Christmas has made, which makes it the highest-grossing holiday movie of all time.


1.76 billion

The number of candy canes produced in the U.S. annually.


$105 billion

Projected online holiday sales.


$630.5 billion

Total holiday sales in the U.S. last year.


Sources:, National Retail Federation, Pew Research Center survey, Forbes

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