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Happy Holidays from Properties Online

This Christmas Eve, all of us at Properties Online, Listing Domains, and Listings Unlimited wish you a very Happy Holidays and a successful 2014.

It turns out that selling a home during the holidays might not be such a tough job, after all. In fact, holiday decorations have been shown to create an emotional connection between a buyer and the home, and create a sense of welcome that draws buyers in.

Following that “Did you know?” train of thought, we’ve pulled together a list of Holiday facts. Enjoy!

    • There are 364 gifts in the popular holiday carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” The estimated price to purchase them all is just shy of $30,000.
    • Each year more than 3 billion Christmas cards are sent in the U.S. alone.
    • We owe the modern commercialization of Christmas to department store Macy’s. Macy’s first remained open until midnight on Christmas Eve in 1867, and later featured window displays with a Christmas theme in 1874.
    • We can also thank a department store for bringing us Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. It was a 1939 store promotion for Montgomery Ward that introduced the now famous reindeer to 2.4 million customers as a printed story.
    • Christmas purchases account for 1/6 of all retail sales in the U.S., and Visa credit cards are used an average of 5,340 times every minute during the Christmas holiday period.
    • The tradition of hanging stockings is somewhat different in France. There, children leave their shoes to be filled with candy and gifts on Christmas Eve.
    • President Teddy Roosevelt, an environmentalist, banned Christmas trees from the White House in 1912.
    • Santa would have to visit approximately 832 homes per second to deliver all of his presents.
    • Hershey’s began wrapping their chocolate Kisses in colored foil in 1962. Hershey’s sold red, green, and silver Kisses during the Christmas season that year in addition to its year-round silver-wrapped ones, and has continued to do so since.
    • Seattle’s Northgate Shopping Center holds the Guinness world record for the tallest Christmas tree ever displayed – a 221-foot Douglas fir.
    • Christmas became an official holiday in the U.S. on June 26, 1870. Alabama was ahead of the curve, recognizing the day as an official holiday back in 1836. Oklahoma was the Scrooge state (we jest), not officially recognizing Christmas as a legal holiday until 1907.
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