In 2015, percentage increase in the price index of the the holiday classic "The Twelve Days of Christmas," according to PNC Wealth Management: 0.6
Total cost to a very thoughtful true love who buys every item, from a single partridge to 12 drummers drumming, from each verse (that's 364 separate pieces of Christmas joy): $155,407.00
Cost of each individual partridge in a pear tree: $215.00
Cost of five golden rings: $750.00
Cost of seven swans a-swimming: $13,125.00
Source: PNC Wealth Management.
Percentage of pet "parents" who say they plan on buying presents for their pets this holiday, according to a Petco survey: 82
Percentage who plan on buying special treats for their pets: 87
When dining with family only, percentage of Americans who say they have a no cellphone policy at the table, according to findings from the Toluna Quicksurveys annual Naughty and Nice behaviors survey: 51
Percentage who say they have blocked family or a friend on social media without them knowing: 36
Source: Toluna QuickSurveys.
Percentage of workers who don't plan to take any paid days off around the holidays, according to a survey by Spherion survey: 19
Of those workers who have paid time off, percentage who will lose at least two paid days off because they are unable to take them before the end of the year: 30
Percentage who will lose more than five days: 6
Rank of crowds and long lines (61 percent) on the list of the biggest holiday dreads, according to a Consumer Reports poll: 1
Ranks of bad traffic, aggressive or thoughtless driving in store parking lots, and gaining weight on the list: 2, 3, 4
Source: Consumer Reports.
Among those who typically use credit cards for any of their holiday spending, percentage who say they pay it off either right away or within a month, according to a Harris poll: 62
Percentage who say they pay it off within three months: 15
Percentage who say six months: 8
Percentage who say it takes them longer than six months to pay off the debt: 8
Source: The Harris Poll.
Percentage of neckties sold annually that are Christmas gifts, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 20
Estimated value of the necktie-making business in the United States per year: $390 million
Source: U.S. Census Bureau.
Percentage of Americans who are concerned about getting sick from family/friends or other travelers during the holiday travel season, yet continue to put others at risk by engaging in regular holiday activities while sick, according to a survey conducted on behalf of Merck Manuals: 28
Percentage who admit that they do not take any extra precautions to stay healthy between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day: 25
Source: Merck Manuals.
Number of Americans who have had packages stolen from their doorsteps before they could open them, according to a report by insuranceQuotes.com: 23 million
Number who have had a guest injured in their home during the holidays: 7 million
Number who have had fires caused by Christmas trees and other decorations: 2 million
Percentage of all annual retail sales that take place during the holiday period, according to the National Retail Federation: 19.2
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