A few holiday figures worth noting.

snowman-r5n24c113: The height, in feet, of the world’s biggest snowman, built in Maine in 1999.

1843: The year the first commercial Christmas cards were commissioned by Sir Henry Cole in London. They depicted a family drinking wine.

822: The number of homes, per second, that Santa would have to visit to deliver all the world’s presents on Christmas Eve, according to U.S. scientists.tree

40: The number, in millions, of trees sold during the Christmas season in the U.S.

1882: The year electric tree lights were invented by Edward Johnson, a business associate of Thomas Edison.

12.3: The number, in billions of dollars, spent by American consumers on Black Friday last year.

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