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Last year, Americans spent a record $6 billion (!!!) on Christmas decorations.
More fun facts to get you in the spirit.
Holy inflation! If you bought every single item in “The Twelve Days of Christmas” carol, you’d spend $107,300 — 6.1 percent more than last year.
Six items mentioned in the song haven’t gone up in price: maids-a-milking, ladies dancing, lords-a-leaping, calling birds, turtle doves and the partridge. The eight maids-a-milking still cost just $58 because the minimum wage hasn’t risen.
Stunningly beautiful vintage Christmas cards were the norm in the early 20th century. These come from “American Christmas Cards: 1900-1960,” an exhibition at the Bard Graduate Center in New York City.
This is what the southeastern U.S. might have looked like to Santa last night. But he hasn’t started taking pictures — this one was taken from NASA’s International Space Station while it orbited over the Gulf of Mexico.
Although Operation Iraqi Freedom ended last week, the families of 4 Americans still officially categorized as missing in Iraq haven’t stopped searching yet.
The Army’s investigative unit told Megan von Ackermann in 2006 that her husband had been killed in a botched kidnapping the day he disappeared, Oct. 9, 2003. But for her, the story isn’t over. She told The Daily that even though she held a funeral for Kirk in January 2007, she doesn’t consider herself a widow.
“When we meet people, we have this set of standard questions that we ask each other: What do you do? Are you married?” she said. “I get hung up on the second one. Yes, I kind of know that I’m widowed; I kind of don’t.”