Percentage increase in online dating registration triggered annually by the holiday season, according to Match.com: 55
Percentage increase in traffic during the period of Thanksgiving weekend through New Year's Day: 350
Percentage of all single people whose goal it is to find love in the New Year, according to a Cosmopolitan survey: 64
Ranks of gaming consoles, handheld educational devices, portable music players and handheld gaming devices on the list of the most popular electronics parents are willing to consider buying for their children, according to to RetailMeNot's Black Friday Tech Report: 1, 2, 3 (tie)
Percentage more likely fathers are than mothers to consider buying a gaming console for their child: 68 vs. 57
Percentage of people who spend more than half of all the time spent shopping on those who are difficult to buy for, according to a survey commissioned by Staples: 60
Source: Staples Foundation For Learning.
Date when the first full day of Hanukkah last fell on Thanksgiving, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 1888
Projected number of years before the next time Hanukkah and Thanksgiving coincide in this fashion: 76,000
Source: U.S. Census Bureau.
Percentage of people who say relatives overstay their welcome after a day or less, according to a survey by HomeAway Vacation Rental: 22
Percentage who say their relatives never wear out their welcome: 33
Ranks of leaving their belongings all over the place, not helping with the cooking/cleaning and wanting to be entertained constantly on the list of the most annoying habits of houseguests: 1, 2, 3
Percentage of workers who expect to spend some time at work shopping online for the holidays, according to a survey conducted by Harris Interactive: 54
Percentage of workers who will spend between one and three hours browsing Internet deals from the office over the course of the holiday season: 20
Percentage who will spend three hours or more: 10
Percentage of Americans who plan to spend less on gifts this year, according to the Pew Research Daily Number: 37
Amount this year's average Christmas shopper plans on spending, down from the $770 they planned to spend around this time last year, according to Gallup: $704
Source: Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.
Average amount that companies giving gifts plan to spend for employees, according to an Advertising Specialty Institute survey: $44.98
Average amount they plan to spend for clients and prospects this holiday season: $33.92
Ranks of gift cards, cash bonuses, food and beverages and apparel on the list of the top gifts responding companies plan to give in 2013: 1, 2, 3, 4
Source: Advertising Specialty Institute.
Of the 25 percent of shoppers who responded in a Price Grabber survey that they were aiming to reduce their holiday budget this year, percentage who said they would spend less because of an increase in prices on basic necessities: 45
Percentage who will reduce their holiday budget because they are making less money this year: 42
Percentage of Americans who say they look forward to holiday shopping, according to a CBS News poll: 42
Percentage who say they dread it: 50
Source: CBS Television Network.
"The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently." -- Friedrich Nietzsche, philosopher
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