Percentage of adults who plan to go carolling, according to a Pew Research Center poll: 16
Percentage who will attend religious services Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, a drop from 69 percent when they were children: 54
Source: Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.
Percentage of Americans who say they most look forward to spending time with friends and family during the holiday season, according to a Harris Poll: 52
Ranks of holiday dinners and parties, finding and giving presents, and putting up holiday decorations on the list of holiday events they most enjoy: 2 (tie), 4
Percentage of Americans who say the one thing they dislike most about the holidays is spending too much money: 27
Source: The Harris Poll.
Estimated number of children (under the age of 18) in the world, according to a study from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life and cited in the column "Santa Science: The Straight Facts on Father Christmas" by Zachary Sniderman: 2 billion
At a rate of, say, 3.5 children per household, number of homes Santa will visit: 91.8 million
Number of hours of Christmas that Santa has to work with, thanks to the different time zones and the rotation of the Earth, assuming he travels east to west: 31
Number of visits he must make per second: 822.6
Speed at which Santa's sleigh must travel: 650 miles per second (3,000 times the speed of sound)
Source: Santa Science.
Percentage of respondents to the marriage proposal survey by Chilisauce who chose Christmas Eve as the best time to pop the question: 31
Percentage of proposals that are expected to happen around Christmas: 40
Ranks of Valentine's Day, New Year's Eve and birthday on the list of the best times for a marriage proposal: 2, 3, 4
Source: Chilisauce Ltd.
Weight of the 9.5-foot Swarovski crystal star that was placed on top of Rockefeller Center's iconic Christmas tree to officially mark the start of the holiday season in New York City, according to NBC New York: 550 pounds
Number of Swarovski crystals comprising the star: 25,000
Total number of facets (plane surfaces) on the star: 1 million
Source: NBC News.
Year that Barbie debuted at the annual Toy Fair in New York, according to research by Convergex: 1959
Year Barbie's beau, Ken, was introduced: 1961
Since her birthday on March 9, 1959, estimated number of careers she has had: 150
Year that Entrepreneur Barbie was introduced to celebrate women in business: 2014
Source: Good Housekeeping.
Estimated number of Americans who have had deliveries swiped from their doorsteps, according to a study conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International: 20 million
Percentage of homeowners who frequently allow delivered packages to be left out on their porch or stoop: 40
Source: Allstate Insurance Company.
Percentage of people who said the holiday party is very important to office morale and company success, according to a BizzBash and Seamless survey: 72
Percentage who reported an improved office culture: 71
Percentage who saw team dynamic improve: 67
Percentage who reported increased productivity: 18
Percentage more that shoppers are projected to have spent this holiday season, an average of $1,121 each, according to PwC's 2016 Holiday Outlook: 10
Percentage of retailers who indicated they will provide both free shipping and free returns this holiday season: 60
Percentage of pet owners -- almost half of all households nationwide -- who are expected to buy gifts for their animal companions: 50
Ranks of crowds and long lines, aggressive or thoughtless driving in shopping centers, bad traffic and weight gain on the list of holiday dreads as cited by Americans, according to Consumer Reports: 1, 2, 3, 4
Source: Consumer Reports.
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