Christmas means big business for pretty much every kind of retailer.

There are a lot of other things that people drop their cash on during the season other than presents.

Check out some of the stats!

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16.5 billion. The number of cards, letters, and packages that will be handled by the U.S. Postal Service this season.


Two billion. The number of candy canes that are sold worldwide in December.


220 million. The cost of all the poinsettias sold during the holiday season.  More than 85% of potted plants sold this time of year are poinsettias.


25 to 30 million. The number of real Christmas trees that Americans will buy this year.

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17 million. The number of artificial Christmas trees Americans will buy this year.

1. The rank of gift cards . . . which will easily be the most popular Christmas present this year.

(Sacramento Bee)