Ugly Christmas Lights
For those of you who share my belief that holiday lights are getting out of control in the U.S., check out the Tacky Light Tour and Ugly Christmas Lights.com. Don’t worry…there’s still time to submit a photo to the Ugly Christmas Lights Contest.
Some interesting holiday-related facts and figures from the U.S. Census Bureau:
Christmas Trees and Decorations
The gross earnings of Christmas tree farmers in 2006, with North Carolina ($134 million) as the top producer. Oregon was next at $121 million in sales. Source: USDA Economic Research Service <http://www.ers.usda.gov/data/FarmIncome/receipts/2000_06/CR0006US.xls>
Christmas tree sales of the 17 surveyed states in 2006, with Oregon as the top seller. Note that only growers with at least $10,000 in annual sales were surveyed. Source: USDA Floriculture and Nursery Corps Yearbook
The value of U.S. imports of Christmas tree ornaments from China between January and June 2007. China was the leading country of origin for such items. Similarly, China was the leading foreign source of artificial Christmas trees shipped to the United States ($13.4 million worth) during the same period.
Source: Foreign Trade Statistics <http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/www/>
Hanukkah and Kwanzaa
Proportion of the nation’s spuds produced in Idaho and Washington in 2006. Potato latkes are always a crowd pleaser during Hanukkah.
Source: National Agriculture Statistics Service <http://www.nass.usda.gov/>
The value of product shipments of candles in 2002 by the nation’s manufacturers. Many of these candles are lit during Hanukkah and Kwanzaa celebrations.
Source: 2002 Economic Census
The value of product shipments of candles in 2002 by manufacturers in Texas. The Lone Star State led the country in candle shipments.
Source: 2002 Economic Census at <http://www.census.gov/econ/census02/guide/SUBSUMM.HTM>
And what would the holidays be without that well-known Christmas Lights Video?
Christmas lights in Tokyo, Japan
Of course, for families separated during the holidays, it’s reassuring to know Japan also has Christmas lights.
Hiroshima, Japan Dreamination
Of course, only the Japanese would use an electric eel to power Christmas lights!
An electric eel is giving the power to light Christmas lights on a tree at the Aqua Toto Gifu aquarium.
Merry Christmas, Carolyn!