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Day After Christmas – Fun Facts About the Holiday Season

December 26, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Santa Claus Indiana Post Office by James BarathSanta Claus may live in the North Pole according to all those holiday stories, but did you also know that there’s a Santa Claus, Ind. (population 2,303) and a Santa Claus, Ga. (247)? And we can’t forget about Noel, Mo. (1,615); Snowflake, Ariz. (5,686); and, for those reindeer lovers, both the village of Rudolph, Wis. (418) and Dasher, Ga. (821).

Here are some other fun facts to share with your family and friends this season, courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau:

  • Potato latkes are a staple of Hanukkah celebrations, and in 2009 50.9% of potatoes in the U.S. were produced in Idaho and Washington.
  • Last year, 14 percent of sales for department stores in all of 2009 occurred in December (the figure was 21 percent for jewelry stores).
  • Book store sales jumped 98 percent from November to December, 2009.
  • $1.2 billion of candles were shipped in 2008 by U.S. manufactures, and candles play a big part in a variety of holiday celebrations.
  • Holly Springs, Miss., and Mount Holly, N.C. are just two of a dozen places named Holly in the United States.
  • The U.S. is expected to have a population of more than 311 million once 2011 arrives.

May the rest of your holiday season be safe and joyful, and wishing you a very happy new year!

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2 Responses to “Day After Christmas – Fun Facts About the Holiday Season”
  1. As a Chicago Bears fan, Santa Clause Indiana has been a topic of conversation during the month of December from every football commentator as the birth place of Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. Beyond this reference, never really heard of Santa Clause Indiana. Sounds like a nice place to visit though.

  2. Jim Sims says:

    Very small town! It has the same welcoming feeling of a small downtown like Chesterton Indiana does for us that live in Northwest Indiana. Although it is not a vacation destination, it is someplace to see when in Southern Indiana.

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