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Monday, January 24, 2022

A complex but Merry Christmas

We Americans can’t do “simple holidays.” We probably wouldn’t recognize one if it cropped up on the calendar.

This year’s Christmas, a boisterous and appealing mix of the sacred and the secular, will be bigger and gaudier than ever. Let us browse some of the Census Bureau’s collection of gee-whiz facts:

Christmas trees are a half-billion-dollar business. China is our leading supplier of tree ornaments and our leading foreign source of artificial trees. Texas is our leading supplier of candles, $16l million worth at last count. Jewelry-store sales will jump 155 percent this month.

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