Figuratively Speaking For December 22, 2017

Percentage of Americans who infrequently make New Year's resolutions, according to the University of Scranton's Journal of Clinical Psychology: 17

Percentage who usually make New Year's resolutions: 45

Percentage who absolutely never make New Year's resolutions: 38

Percentage who are successful in keeping their resolutions: 8

Source: University of Scranton.

Percentage of Americans (and nearly three in four millennials) who agree that ringing in the new year in Times Square is on their bucket list, according to a survey from Barefoot Wine & Bubbly: 50

Source: Barefoot Wine & Bubbly.

Estimated number of people who will gather in Times Square to ring in the new year on Dec. 31, according to the Times Square Alliance: 1 million plus

Number of Waterford Crystal triangles of varying sizes that are attached to the aluminum frame of the ball: 2,688

Estimated weight of the ball: 6 tons

Source: Times Square Visitors Center.

Percentage of workers who say bigger year-end bonuses would be the best way to help alleviate holiday stress levels, according to a survey from Accountemps: 37

Percentage who would appreciate more flexible work schedules during the holidays: 32

Ranks of San Francisco, New York and San Diego on the list cities where workers are happiest during the holidays: 1, 2, 3

Source: Accountemps.

Percentage of employees who say they felt obligated to buy their boss a holiday gift: 28

Percentage who say they do not give out holiday gifts in the workplace: 61

Source: Randstad.

Ranks of joyful, generous, financially stretched, stressed out and wasteful on the list of feelings Americans have about gift-giving: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Percentage of U.S. adults who say they are looking forward "a lot" to giving and receiving gifts: 45

Source: PEW Internet and American Life Project.

When asked what one food or dish they most look forward to eating each year during this holiday season, percentage who cited turkey, according to a Harris Poll: 32

Ranks of stuffing, ham, pie and sweet potatoes/yams on the list of the one food or dish they most look forward to eating each year: 2, 3, 4, 5

Source: The Harris Poll.

Percentage of student loan borrowers who would rather have received a student loan payment instead of a gift this holiday season, according to a survey by Ameritech Financial: 70

Percentage of student loan borrowers who are planning to skip a payment to help cover their holiday spending: 40

Source: Ameritech Financial.

Percentage of senior managers who said they expect year-end bonus levels to be at least somewhat higher than 2016, according to research from global staffing firm Robert Half: 51

Percentage who reported bonus amounts will decrease: 10

Percentage who anticipate no change in bonuses: 39

Source: Robert Half Management Resources.

Idle Thought

"Sometimes too much to drink is barely enough." -- Mark Twain

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