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And Now, Christmas by the Numbers

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[sponsored] —16.5 billion.  The number of cards, letters, and packages that will be handled by the U.S. Postal Service this season.

Two billion.  The number of candy canes that are sold worldwide in December.  You get the idea.

220 million.  The cost of all the poinsettias sold during the holiday season.  More than 85% of potted plants sold this time of year are poinsettias.

25 to 30 million.  The number of real Christmas trees that Americans will buy this year.

17 million.  The number of artificial Christmas trees Americans will buy this year.

28.  The average number of cards a family will mail out this holiday season.

1.  The rank of gift cards . . . which will easily be the most popular Christmas present this year.

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