A few holiday figures worth noting.
113: 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.
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.