5 Fun Facts for the Holidays
’Tis the season! Here are five facts you might not have known about the holidays:
#1Don't Eat the Flowers
Despite what you may have heard, poinsettias are not actually poisonous. The oils in the leaves and stems can be irritating, but they aren’t deadly to humans or animals. That’s not to say you should eat them! They’ll cause nausea and vomiting, so leave them alone.1
#2Or the Fruitcake
Fruitcake, the Holiday treat made from fruit and nuts that absolutely everyone loves, dates back to at least Roman times. So, the next time you’re choking down some fruitcake with a fake smile on your face, blame the Romans. 2
#3My True Love Spent a Bundle!
How much would the 12 days of Christmas cost you? One study estimated a total of $34,131. Highlights include: $215 for a partridge and the pear tree, $360 for six geese-a-laying, $13,125 for seven swans-a-swimming, and $7,553 for nine ladies dancing, per performance! 3
#4Open Your Wallet
The average American plans to spend $752 on Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Pancha Ganapati, or other holiday gifts in 2016. Plus, Americans spend $3.2 billion a year on wrapping paper alone! 4
#5Even Santa Shops Online
E-Commerce is booming for the holiday season. In 2015, e-commerce sales reached $56 billion, nearly 10% of total holiday season sales. 5
Happy Holidays from all of us, and we hope you have a Happy New Year.
- WebMD, 2015
- Culinaryschools.com, 2015
- Parade, December 4, 2015
- Statista, 2016; Hallmark, 2016 (Wrapping paper statistic is from 2011, the most recent year available.)
- Statista.com, 2016; National Retail Federation, January 15, 2016
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