Holiday Season Fun Facts and Statistics 2022
Written by Caleb Nelson on December 23, 2022
To understand and commemorate the holiday season, the following data from U.S. Census Bureau presents a snapshot of recent holiday-related facts and figures from its collection of statistics.
China imported more U.S. Christmas ornaments than any other country in 2021, accounting for roughly 92% or $2.3 billion. Cambodia had 62% or $341 million of U.S. imports for Christmas tree lights in 2021.
Vietnam led the way on tapered candles importing approximately 5 out of 10 or 54% of U.S. imports in 2021.
In the U.S. in 2020 (according to the Census Bureau), there were approximately 3,000 baked goods stores, 3,000 candy and nut stores, 4,000 department stores, 8,000 toy/ game stores, and 20,000 jewelry stores.
There were close to 4.7 million U.S. workers aged 16 and over, employed full-time, in 2021. They either worked year-round as retail salespersons, cashiers, or first-line supervisors of retail sales workers. Based on information from 2.3 million retail salespersons, the median earnings were $39,546. Based on data from 893,146 million cashiers, the median earnings were $25,389. Lastly, 1.5 million first-line supervisors of retail sales workers had median earnings of $48,395.
In 2020, there were about 500 doll, toy, and game manufacturers in the United States. Christmas is often peak selling season for retailers around the world. In 2019, the average US adult was projected to spend $920 on gifts alone.
The National Christmas Tree, first erected and lit by President Calvin Coolidge in 1923, is a tradition that has continued uninterrupted since 2011. In 1972, Wyoming provided a 70-foot Englemann Spruce (cut) for the National Christmas Tree from the Medicine Bow National Forest.