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PostHeaderIcon Fun Christmas Facts and Stats

  Written By: Melainie

Now that I wrote all about the history of Christmas and origin of Christmas symbols, it’s time to find out the fun facts and stats about our modern Christmas holiday. I have found some pretty crazy and interesting information, so I know you will enjoy it.

Christmas Facts

Christmas Fun Facts

The city called North Pole is in Alaska. There are 2 cities named Santa Claus, and one named Noel.

Apollo 8 – Did you know that the crew of Apollo 8 orbited the moon on Christmas Eve of 1968? (During the orbit, the crew read the creation story from the book of Genesis, which was broadcast for all to hear and later became controversially famous.)

December 16- Busiest mailing day for packages, making the 19th the busiest delivery day for packages.

December 20- Busiest letter mailing day, so you might be better off mailing those Christmas cards early.

Christmas Facts and StartisticsWhite Elephant- The term “white elephant gift” came from the King of Siam. He would give a white elephant as a gift to any courtier that annoyed him and, because of the upkeep expenses, the gift would ruin them.

Mistletoe is derived from the Anglo-Saxon words “missel” and “tan” and is translated “dung twig.”

Gemini 6- On December 16, 1965, the astronauts of Gemini 6 sang “jingle Bells” for all the world to hear, possibly making it the first song sung in space.

World’s Largest Christmas Gift- Statue of Liberty, given to the U.S. from the French in 1886.

Crazy Christmas Statistics

5340 number of times a visa card is used every minute during the holiday season.

3- number of times the average Christmas shopper will be elbowed this Christmas shopping season.

$1.25 Billion was spent on Cyber Monday for the 2011 holiday season, which gives a 15% increase from last year.

Gift Cards are the top gift this year, just ahead of electronics.

fun Christmas Facts and stats801 Million pieces of mail will be processed on the 20th of December.

1.5 Billion cards sent for Christmas in the U.S. It is the largest card sending holiday.

2 Billion- approximate number of candy canes that will be sold this Christmas season.

30 Million- approximate number of real Christmas trees to be purchased this year for Christmas.

113%- Jewlery store sales increase for the 2010 Christmas season.

Christmas Facts$27.2 Billion- spent in department stores alone for Christmas in 2010.

10% of Christmas gifts will be broken before New Year’s Day.

 

{sources: U.S. Postal Service, U.S. Census Bureau, PR Newswire, Wikipedia}

Christmas Facts and Stats

PostHeaderIcon Thanksgiving Fun Facts

  Written By: Melainie

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Just about everyone knows the history of Thanksgiving but you may not know some of the more unique and interesting facts concerning this holiday. For this Thanksgiving, I want to share with everyone some fun facts I have dug up, so you can sound smart at the Thanksgiving dinner table as you impress family members with interesting, yet useless knowledge. I hope you enjoy!

Thanksgiving

Most Americans know that the official first Thanksgiving was began by the Mayflower pilgrims and local Native Americans at Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621. The following is the actual source of what we know about that time. It was called “A relation or journall of the beginning & proceedings of the English plantation settled at Plimoth in New England” or Mourt’s Relation. This piece is specifically about that first Thanksgiving:

…our harvest being gotten in, our governour sent foure men on fowling, that so we might after a speciall manner rejoyce together, after we had gathered the fruits of our labours ; they foure in one day killed as much fowle, as with a little helpe beside, served the Company almost a weeke, at which time amongst other Recreations, we exercised our Armes, many of the Indians coming amongst us, and amongst the rest their greatest king Massasoyt, with some ninetie men, whom for three dayes we entertained and feasted, and they went out and killed five Deere, which they brought to the Plantation and bestowed on our Governour, and upon the Captaine and others.  And although it be not always so plentifull, as it was at this time with us, yet by the goodness of God, we are so farre from want,  that we often wish you partakers of our plentie. ~ excerpt from Mourt’s Relation by Edward Winslow

Another account of the first Thanksgiving was told several years later by William Bradford in his colonial biography, Of Plymouth Plantation.

President Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving a national holiday to be celebrated on the last Thursday in November in part, due to the efforts of Sarah Josepha Hale.

Fun Thanksgiving Facts

thanksgiving facts42.2 Million – number of Americans who traveled more than 50 miles from home for Thanksgiving in 2010.

248 Million turkeys will be raised in the U.S. this year with Minnesota being the top producer.

20% of the turkey consumed in the U.S. every year, occurs during Thanksgiving.

88% of Americans will eat turkey for Thanksgiving this year.

I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen as the Representative of our Country…The Turkey is a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America. ~ Benjamin Franklin

2,020 pounds – weight of the largest pumpkin pie ever made, with a diameter 12 feet long.

1924 – first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was began to signify the beginning of the Christmas shopping season.

3 Million – estimated number of people that will attend the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

750 Million pounds of cranberries were produced in the U.S. this past year and most came from Wisconsin.

37 – number of cities in the U.S. with Plymouth in their name.

4 – number of cities in the U.S. named after the Turkey.

1876 – first Thanksgiving Championship Football game was played, beginning the tradition of football on Thanksgiving. It was Yale versus Princeton with Yale being the victor.

{sources: U.S. Census Bureau, History.com, and Pilgrim Hall Museum.}

PostHeaderIcon Veterans Day

  Written By: Melainie

veterans dayHappy Veterans Day! Don’t forget to take a moment and remember our nation’s veterans today, November 11. We have freedom here in the United States of America because of those people who willing serve and defend our country.

There are approximately 23.2 million military veterans in the United States. ~History.com

I really wish I could have done a “facts and stats” post for veterans day, but we have been traveling a lot this week and I have been taking care of a sick baby too. The dry, cold air has given everyone a sore throat but my baby is also getting over a cold that she caught at the beginning of the week. I will hopefully have a vacation update for everyone soon, though.

In the meantime, if you want to read some interesting statistics about Veterans Day, you can read the Census Bureau’s Facts For Features. Happy Veterans Day and thanks to all those soldiers who have served and are serving our country.

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PostHeaderIcon Grandparents Day Facts and Fun

  Written By: Melainie

Last year at this time my parents and in-laws were brand new grandparents and I was still recovering from childbirth, so I didn’t even think about it being their first Grandparents Day. I want to give a big thanks to my Grandparents for being such wonderful, Christian examples to me and for all they have done for me over the years. I am sure my husband’s parents and my parents will be awesome grandparents to our sweet baby Anneliese as she grows up.

Grandparents Day Facts and Fun

Anneliese as a Newborn

Why is Grandparents Day important anyway? Well, let me give you a little history along with some interesting facts about grandparents and this holiday. By the way, this year Grandparents Day falls on Patriot Day, in remembrance of the 9/11 attacks, so don’t forget to take a moment and remember those who lost their lives a decade ago.

Grandparents Day History

Founder- In 1970 Marion McQuade campaigned for a Grandparents Day in the hope that it would spur more support for Senior Citizens as well as encourage people to honor their Grandparents.

In 1978 President Jimmy Carter officially made Grandparents Day the second Sunday in September.

Why September? It’s symbolic for senior citizens being in the autumnal years of their lives.

September 9, 1979- the first celebrated Grandparents Day in America.

grandparents day flowerBet you didn’t know…

Forget-Me-Nots became the official flower of Grandparents Day in 1999 to encourage lasting memories with Grandparents.

A Song For Grandma and Grandpa” written by Johnny Prill, became the official song for Grandparents Day in 2004.

 Grandparents Day Facts

80 Million- number of Grandparents in the U.S. in 2010.

47- average age of first time Grandparents.

7.5 Million- Grandchildren lived with a Grandparent in 2010.

4 Million- Approximate number of greeting cards that will be given out for Grandparents Day.

75% of the wealth in America is controlled by Grandparents.

62% have provided financial support to their adult children and grandchildren in the past year.

72% of Grandparents think that being a Grandparent is the most important and satisfying thing in their life.

Fun with Grandparents

Grandparents: Joke-able and Quotable

A grandfather was telling his little grandson what his own childhood was like:
“We used to ice skate outside on a frozen pond. I had a swing made from a tire that hung from a tree in our front yard. We rode our pony around the yard. We picked wild raspberries in the woods.”
The little boy was wide-eyed, taking all this in. At last he said, “I sure wish I’d gotten to know you sooner, Grandpa!”

What is a Grandparent, according to a small child?
“Grandparents are a lady and a man who have no children of their own. They like other people’s.”
“Grandparents don’t have to do anything except be there when we come to see them. They are so old, they shouldn’t play hard or run. It is good if they drive us to the store and have lots of quarters for us.”

How do you say Grandma and Grandpa around the world?

  • Poland - Babcia and Dziadek
  • Germany - Oma and Opa
  • India - Nana-ji and Nani-ji
  • Korea - Halmonee and Halabujee
  • Greece - Ya-ya and Pa-pu
  • Japan - Oba-chan and Oji-chan
  • China - Popo and Gong-gong
  • Italy - Nonna and Nonno
  • Israel - Savta and Saba
  • Cuba - Abuelita and Abuelito

Want some more name ideas from here in the United States?

Grandma – Gammi, Mima, Grams, Momsy, Nanoo, Snuggums, Gigi, Ganny, Nana, Grammy, Mamaw

Grandpa – Gumpa, Paps, Peepaw, Pawpaw, Banpa, Papa, Pappi, Gramps, Umpapa, Granddaddy

Grandparents Day Fun and Facts

{sources: U.S. Census Bureau and Grandparents.com}

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PostHeaderIcon Celebrate Labor Day with Fun Facts and Stats

  Written By: Melainie

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Since this coming Monday is Labor Day, I thought it would be fun to share some interesting origins, facts, and statistics about labor day. (By the way, I am taking off Monday for labor day- so no new post until Wednesday.) Without further ado, enjoy these facts I have gathered and be glad that we no longer work like it’s the 19th century.

Labor Day History

Labor Day parade

First Labor Day Parade

It’s easy to forget how much better the workplace is now than it was a century ago. Back in the 1800′s a 12 or even 16 hour work day was normal, and you would work usually 7 days a week.  Even children as young as 5 were working in factories all day. There was no such thing as OSHA, so work conditions tended to be much more hazardous. Wages were extremely low for the average worker and you didn’t get those cushy benefits either. Working in a factory posed horrendous and dangerous conditions until labor unions came along. Labor Day was established as a way to appease the rioting working class and celebrate their hard work.

September 5, 1882 (Tuesday)- first Labor Day celebration was held in New York City with a parade/demonstration

10,000- number of workers who marched in the first Labor Day parade

Founder- There is a dispute whether Peter McGuire (cofounder of the American Federation of Labor) or Matthew Maguire (factory machinist) came up with the idea for a Labor Day celebration.

Oregon- first state to declare Labor Day an official holiday (in 1887)

1894- President Grover Cleveland made Labor Day a national holiday for the first Monday in September even though he openly opposed organized labor groups.

18% of American workers in 1900 were children under 16 and, despite laws being passed, this number didn’t change much until the Great Depression.

{sources: USA.gov/Labor Day and History.com}

Labor Day Facts and Stats

153.2 Million- number of Americans (over 16 years) in the labor force as of July 2011, that number is down 1.2 million from Labor Day 2010.

12% of American workers belonged to a labor union in 2009.

84.7% of full time workers have health insurance.

2.2 Million more females than males are in management positions as of 2009.

Registered Nurse- occupation expected to add the most positions in the next 10 years.

25 minutes- average time for the commute to work.

5.9 Million people worked from home in 2009.

White after Labor Day

1900's White Summer Dress

 

Why not wear white after Labor Day? According to historians, it may be symbolic for those wealthy enough to leave the city for a summer vacation in which the “uniform” of choice was breezy and white- no white after Labor Day because they have to go back to their drab work/city clothes.

 

 

May 1st- when most countries celebrate Labor Day, also called May Day or International Workers’ Day. Demonstrations, speeches, and protests are more common for this Labor Day celebration which commemorates the 1886 Haymarket Massacre in Chicago.

The Longest Labor Strike- In 1991 workers at the Stockton Diamond Walnut Plant in California went on a strike that lasted until 2005- that is 14 years!

{source: U.S. Census Bureau}

Celebrate Labor Day

…And you men and women of Labor celebrating today the rights given you by the Constitution; rights for which you have fought down through the years; rights which have made Labor today a strong and respected force in our national life… -San Francisco Mayor Angelo J. Rossi (Labor Day 1939)

Football- Labor Day marks the beginning of football season, so get pumped up for your favorite team!

3 Most Famous Labor Day Celebrations in America- West-Indian American Day Parade and Carnival, Chicago Jazz Festival, and Los Angeles County Fair.
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How do you plan on spending Labor Day?

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