Percentage of parents with kids under 18 who say they are worried about disappointing their kids this holiday season, according to a survey by Lending Tree: 69
Percentage of millennials who feel pressured to purchase gifts: 71
Percentage who lose sleep over holiday spending worries: 50
Source: Lending Tree.
Percentage of people who said the holiday party is very important to office morale and company success, according to a BizBash and Seamless survey: 72
Percentage who reported better office friendships as a result of past holiday parties: 75
Percentage who reported an improved office culture: 71
Percentage of U.S. adults who use the services of a mail carrier who never tip them at the end of the year, according to a CreditCards.com report: 60
Percentage who never tip their trash/recycling collector: 70
Percentage who never tip their childcare provider or teacher: 47 for each
No matter how miserable or difficult you consider your journey to work to be, there's one man whose commute is as ambitious as it is crucial to the happiness of others -- Santa Claus. To wit: Number of children he must visit in a matter of hours, according to the Ministry of Fun: 2.1 billion
Number of stops he must make (assuming the global average of 2.5 children per household applies): 842 million
Time spent at each stop (not enough to enjoy a nice glass of sherry): 1 millisecond
Source: Ministry of Fun.
Percentage of workers who exchange presents during the holiday season, according to a FitSmallBusiness.com survey: 58
Rank of alcohol on the list of Secret Santa gifts: 1
Percentage of respondents who believe that a funny item is the best Secret Santa gift: 47
Source: Fit Small Business.
Century that artificial Christmas trees -- made using goose feathers that were dyed green and attached to wire branches -- were developed in Germany, according to the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners: 19th
Year the U.S.-based Addis Brush Company created the first artificial Christmas tree made from brush bristles, using the same machinery that it used to manufacture toilet brushes, but they were dyed green: 1930
Source: University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners.
Percentage of senior managers who said their company offers year-end bonuses, according to research conducted by global staffing firm Robert Half: 76
Percentage of organizations that plan to increase their bonuses: 48
Percentage that plan to keep them the same: 48
Rank of putting it toward long-term savings, a vacation in the new year, holiday shopping and paying off debt on the list of ways workers plan to use their bonuses: 1, 2, 3 (tie)
Source: Robert Half Management Resources.
Percentage increase in travel to Europe since 2018, according to a survey by Allianz Global Assistance: 25
Rank of London, Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, Madrid and Barcelona on the list of Americans' preferred holiday destinations this year: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Source: Allianz Global Assistance USA.
Date Radio City Music Hall opened with a troupe known as the Roxyettes, according to Radio City Music Hall data: Dec. 27, 1932
Year they officially became the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes: 1934
Since the Christmas Spectacular's opening night, number of women who have shared in the legacy by performing as a Rockette: 3,000-plus
Number of people who have seen the Christmas Spectacular since the New York holiday tradition officially began: 75 million-plus
Source: Radio City Music Hall.
Number of people who will apply for a new credit card for holiday shopping, according to WalletHub: 42 million
Percentage of credit cards that have price protection, which can get cardholders a refund if there's a price drop after the holidays: 41
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