U.S. Christmas Season - Statistics & Facts

U.S. Christmas Season - Statistics & Facts

Statistics and facts on the Christmas Season in the U.S.

Christmas is celebrated in the United States on the 25th of December. Christmas is a civil holiday and is celebrated by an increasing number of non-Christians, and is an integral part of the Christmas and holiday season. Christmas is typically the largest economic stimulus for many nations around the world as sales increase dramatically in almost all retail areas. The United States' retail industry generated about three trillion U.S. dollars during the holidays in 2012. These holiday sales reflected about 19.3 percent of the retail industries total sales that year. As a result, just over 720 thousand employees were hired throughout the United States to compensate for the holiday rush. The Christmas shopping season can start as early as September and some consumers begin even earlier.


The Christmas tree is considered to be the main symbol of this pagan tradition, and is an integral part of the holiday shopping season. About 24.5 million real Christmas trees were purchased in the United States and cost, on average, about 40.30 U.S. dollars in 2012.

The economic impact of Christmas is a factor that has grown steadily throughout the United States and the world and will continue to be a significant event and key sales period for retailers and businesses.
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