Christmas... by the numbers

2015

Here are some facts on assorted topics related to Christmas, the festive season and other religious holidays.

(Last updated: December 4, 2015)


Christmas trees

For information on Christmas trees, see Christmas trees… by the numbers.


Gifts of all kinds

Exchanging gifts is a big part of Christmas, not to mention Hanukkah, Eid and Kwanzaa. Some families might see some of these items in their Christmas stockings or left under the tree!
(Data are unadjusted.)

  • $4.6 billion — The value of food and beverages purchased at large retailers in Canada in December 2014, up 12.1% from average monthly sales of $4.07 billion for this category in 2014 and up 11.4% from November 2014.
  • $543.2 million — The value of televisions and audio and video equipment purchased at large retailers in Canada in December 2014, up 136.3% from average monthly sales of $229.8 million for this category in 2014 and up 57.2% from November 2014.
  • $416.3 million — The value of toys, games and hobby supplies, including electronic games purchased at large retailers in Canada in December 2014, up 185.9% from average monthly sales of $145.6 million for this category in 2014 and up 51.2% from November 2014.
  • $364.3 million — The value of computer hardware and software purchased at large retailers in Canada in December 2014, up 80.4% from average monthly sales of $202.0 million for this category in 2014 and up 36.9% from November 2014.
  • $255.1 million — The value of small electrical appliances purchased at large retailers in Canada in December 2014, up 91.7% from average monthly sales of $133.1 million for this category in 2014 and up 51.6% from November 2014.
  • $204.2 million — The value of tableware, kitchenware, cookware and bakeware purchased at large retailers in Canada in December 2014, up 78.0% from average monthly sales of $114.7 million for this category in 2014 and up 56.6% from November 2014.
  • $166.2 million — The value of cosmetics and fragrances purchased at large retailers in Canada in December 2014, up 78.2% from average monthly sales of $93.3 million for this category in 2014 and up 58.2% from November 2014.
  • $192.8 million — The value of sporting goods purchased at large retailers in Canada in December 2014, up 32.7% from average monthly sales of $145.3 million for this category in 2014 and up 81.4% from November 2014.
  • $142.5 million — The value of stationery, office supplies, cards, gift wrap and party supplies purchased at large retailers in Canada in December 2014, up 103.8% from average monthly sales of $69.9 million for this category in 2014 and up 66.7% from November 2014.
  • $122.8 million — The value of jewellery and watches purchased at large retailers in Canada in December 2014, up 139.7% from average monthly sales of $51.2 million for this category in 2014 and up 113.8% from November 2014.
  • $71.1 million — The value of cameras (still and digital) and related photographic equipment and supplies purchased at large retailers in Canada in December 2014, up 122.7% from average monthly sales of $31.9 million for this category in 2014 and up 77.5% from November 2014.

Source: CANSIM, table 080-0009.

See also: "Black Friday: A closer look," The Daily, Tuesday, November 24, 2015.


Canadian dolls, toys and games

  • 1,873 — The total number of employees in the doll, toy and game manufacturing industry in Canada in 2012.
  • $278.2 million — The total revenue of the doll, toy and game manufacturing industry in Canada in 2012.

Source: CANSIM, table 301-0006.


Poinsettias

  • 7.1 million — The number of poinsettias (indoor potted plants) produced in greenhouses in Canada in 2014.

Source: CANSIM, table 001-0049.


Holiday lights

Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) have emerged as an energy-efficient alternative to conventional incandescent lighting. Festive holiday lighting has proven to be particularly well-suited to LED technology.

  • 40% — The proportion of Canadian households that reported using LED holiday lights in 2013, up from 29% in 2007.

The highest rate of reported use of LED holiday lights in 2013 was in New Brunswick, at 47%.

Households and the Environment Survey, use of light emitting diode (LED) holiday lights, Canada and provinces, 2007 to 2013
Households and the Environment Survey, use of light emitting diode (LED) holiday lights, Canada and provinces, 2007 to 2013
Geography 2007 2009 2011 2013
%
Canada 29 32 33 40
Newfoundland and Labrador 22 35 40 46
Prince Edward Island 32 41 32 46
Nova Scotia 29 39 45 45
New Brunswick 27 38 34 47
Quebec 25 28 32 41
Ontario 31 31 34 38
Manitoba 33 35 39 37
Saskatchewan 26 36 33 34
Alberta 31 34 29 36
British Columbia 34 36 32 43

Source: CANSIM, table 153-0059.


The cybermall

  • $7.7 billion — The value of e-commerce sales by retailers in Canada in 2012, up from $6.6 billion in 2011.

Source: "Retail at a glance: E-commerce sales, 2012," The Daily, Tuesday, July 8, 2014.

See also: Infographic: 2013 Survey of Digital Technology and Internet Use.


Have you been naughty?

According to tradition, naughty children receive a lump of coal in their Christmas stocking!

  • 69.0 million tonnes — The amount of coal produced in Canada in 2014.

Source: CANSIM, table 135-0002.


Holiday candy and snacks

  • $460.8 million — The value of monthly sales of candy, confectionery and snack foods at large retailers in December 2014, the month with the highest sales.
  • $305.3 million — The average monthly sales of candy, confectionery and snack foods at large retailers in 2014.

Source: CANSIM, table 080-0009.


A time for sharing

  • 12.7 million — The approximate number of Canadians (44% of the population aged 15 and over) who did some volunteering in 2013 through a group or organization.

Source: Infographic: General Social Survey on Giving, Volunteering and Participating, 2013.

  • $8.6 billion — The amount of donations to charities claimed by Canadian taxfilers in 2013.
  • 5.6 million — The number of taxfilers claiming donations in 2013.
  • $280 — The median donation in Canada in 2013.

Source: "Charitable donors, 2013," The Daily, Tuesday, February 17, 2015.


Eggnog and whipping cream

  • 5.3 million litres — The volume of commercial sales of eggnog in Canada in December 2014. More than 2.5 million litres were sold in November 2014.
  • 5.5 million litres — The volume of commercial sales of whipping cream in December 2014. The next highest month for sales of whipping cream was July 2014, at 4.3 million litres.

Source: CANSIM, table 003-0012.


Turkey

  • 20.9 million — The number of turkeys produced in Canada in 2014.
  • 167.9 million tonnes — The amount of turkey produced in Canada in 2014.

Source: CANSIM, table 003-0018.

  • 1,956 — The number of farms reporting production of turkeys in Canada.

Sources: Census of Agriculture; CANSIM, table 004-0026.

See also: Thematic maps from the Census of Agriculture, Turkeys, 2011.


Cranberries

  •  267 — The number of farms producing cranberries in Canada.
  • 6,148 hectares — The area of land devoted to the production of cranberries in Canada.

According to the Census of Agriculture, this agricultural activity is concentrated in Quebec and in British Columbia.

Sources: Census of Agriculture; CANSIM, table 004-0214.

See also: Thematic maps from the Census of Agriculture, Cranberry area, 2011.

  • 158,079 tonnes — The amount of cranberries produced in Canada in 2014, with a farm gate value of $89.6 million.

Source: CANSIM, table 001-0009

  • 1.8 kilogram — The amount of fresh cranberries available for consumption as food per capita in Canada in 2014. (Data adjusted for retail, household, cooking and plate loss.)

Source: CANSIM, table 002-0011.


Much to celebrate

Canada is a nation of people of diverse ethno-cultural and religious backgrounds.

Here are just some of the holy days celebrated in many homes and communities across Canada this time of year:

(Note: The 2011 National Household Survey collected information on religious affiliation, regardless of whether respondents practised their religion.)

Christmas is December 25, but many Canadians of Central and Eastern European origin celebrate the holiday earlier in December or on January 7.

  • 67.3% — The proportion of people in Canada who reported that they were affiliated with a Christian religion.

Hanukkah (December 6 to 14, 2015) is celebrated by people of the Jewish faith.

  • 1.0% — The proportion of people in Canada who reported that they were affiliated with a Jewish religion.
  • 0.9% — The proportion of people in Canada who reported their ethnic origin as Jewish.

Kwanzaa (December 26 to January 1) is marked by many people of African origin.

  • 2.3% — The proportion of people in Canada who reported their ethnic origin as African.
  • 1.6% — The proportion of people in Canada who reported their place of birth as Africa or a country within Africa.

Buddhists celebrate Bodhi Day in early December.

  • 1.1% — The proportion of people in Canada who reported that they were affiliated with a Buddhist religion.

Guru Gobind Singh's Birthday is celebrated by those of the Sikh faith in early January.

  • 1.4% — The proportion of people in Canada who reported that they were affiliated with a Sikh religion.

Eid-ul-Adha, the Islamic Feast of Sacrifice, is the most important feast of Islam and will next be celebrated in September 2016. There is also Eid-al-Fitr in July 2016 and the Islamic New Year Al-Hijira in October 2016. Ramadan will next be observed in June 2016.

  • 3.2% — The proportion of people in Canada who reported that they were affiliated with a Muslim religion.

Diwali, the festival of lights (celebrated by those of the Sikh and Hindu faiths) will next be observed in late October 2016.

  • 1.5% — The proportion of people in Canada who reported that they were affiliated with a Hindu religion.

Sources: 2011 National Household Survey: Data tables: Religion; 2011 National Household Survey: Data tables: Citizenship; 2011 National Household Survey: Data tables: Ethnic Origin.


Festively named places in Canada

You (or Santa Claus!) can 'visit' these and other places using the NHS Profile or the Census Profile.

  • Candyville
  • Champagne
  • Chimney
  • Christmas Island
  • Christ-Roi
  • Cranberry
  • Cranberry Junction
  • Cranberry Portage
  • Evergreen
  • Garland
  • Goose Cove
  • Ice Lake
  • L'Enfant-Jésus
  • Gift Lake
  • Holly
  • Holly Park
  • Marie Joseph
  • Noel
  • Noëlville
  • Reindeer Station
  • Sled Lake
  • Snowflake
  • Snow Lake
  • Snowball
  • Snow Peak Trailer Court
  • Snow Road Station
  • Star
  • Stocking Harbour
  • Sugarcane
  • Toyes Hill
  • Turkey Point
  • Winter
  • Winterland

See also: Census Geography.


Burning off those holiday calories?

Sales of exercise and fitness equipment at large retailers peak in January and in December.

  • $32.5 million — The value of sales of exercise and fitness equipment at large retailers in Canada in January 2015. In December 2014, the value of sales of exercise and fitness equipment at large retailers was $36.4 million.
  • $17.7 million — The average monthly sales of exercise and fitness equipment at large retailers in Canada in 2014, for comparison.

Source: CANSIM, table 080-0009.


Let's go skiing and snowboarding!

The ski industry, specifically in British Columbia and Alberta, continued to benefit from the improved infrastructure and positive media exposure delivered by the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

  • $976.0 million — The operating revenues of the skiing industry in Canada in 2012, up 0.9% from 2011.

Source: Amusement and recreation, 2012.


Outdoor activities close to home

  • 4% — The proportion of Canadian households that went cross-country skiing or snowshoeing in 2013.
  • 4% — The proportion of Canadian households that went skiing, snowboarding, or telemark skiing in 2013.
  • 3% — The proportion of Canadian households that went skating in 2013.
  • 2% — The proportion of Canadian households that played ice hockey, broomball or curling in 2013.

Source: CANSIM, table 153-0153.

See also: Canadians and Nature: Outdoor activities, 2013.


Welcome 2016!

As the clock strikes midnight on the last day of December 2015, many people across Canada ring in the New Year with a glass of sparkling wine.

  • $310.9 million — The value of sales of sparkling wines in Canada in 2013/2014, unchanged from 2012/2013. Canadian products made up a fifth of this amount.
  • 15.1 million litres — The volume of sparkling wines sold in Canada in 2013/2014, down 5% from 2012/2013. This represents the equivalent of 5.6 million 750 ml bottles of domestic sparkling wines and 14.5 million 750 ml bottles of imported bubbly in 2013/2014.

Source: CANSIM, table 183-0024.


Please enjoy responsibly

  • 74,781 — The number of incidents of impaired driving reported by police in 2014, down from 77,558 incidents in 2013.
  • 103 — The number of incidents of impaired driving (drugs / alcohol) causing death in 2014, down from 106 incidents in 2013.

Sources: "Police-reported crime statistics, 2014," The Daily, Wednesday, July 22, 2015; CANSIM, table 252-0051.


Merry Christmas!

Happy New Year!


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