From spending to celebrating: The 2015 holiday season in 25 stats

Holiday Shopping Tips

By Christina Lavingia, Graphiq

Do you remember what the holidays felt like when you were a kid? School projects took a festive turn, cookies and sweets were just a little bit sweeter, subtle hints about the gifts you wanted weren't quite subtle enough. Everything seemed wondrous for a brief, special time.

Unfortunately, being an adult means that sense of magic is likely replaced with an emotion fit for the Grinch: stress.

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From picking just the right gift for everyone on your list, to the sheer burden of financing all of your seasonal expenses, the holidays can be overwhelming. The spirit of the holiday season can be quantified, from the amount of money we spend to the exact count of candy canes made, chocolate Santas consumed, average miles traveled and trees cut down to furnish our homes. Using National Retail Federation survey data for 2015, FindTheData found 25 fascinating facts about the holiday season.

The average person will spend $805 during the holidays.

We spent $1.04 billion on Christmas trees last year. That was down from its highest point since the financial crisis, seen in 2013.

42 countries celebrate SantaCon.

Don't be surprised by the mobs of red-and-white-clad individuals making pilgrimages to stores and bars in your town en masse. According to the official SantaCon website, 314 international locations pay tribute to Saint Nick in big public gatherings.

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