Christmas Eve

christmas-eveSaturday, December 24 — This is Christmas Eve, a time of gathering families close together and to wind down from the hectic weeks of shopping and mailing. But it also is a night of wrapping presents, especially toys — some of which have to be put together. Some parents will discover to their dismay that some treasure has been overlooked, or that batteries are not included with their purchases and head out into the cold, hoping to find an open store with the right solutions. Santa’s elves get plenty of help from U.S. toy makers. There are 531 enterprises across the country producing games, toys and children’s vehicles. These businesses employ almost 6,700 workers. Well over $55 billion worth of goods were bought online or by mail order last December.  The 2015 figure was more than double that of 2008.

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