Profile America: Christmas Eve

Sunday, December 24th. 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, and head out into the cold, hoping to find an open store with the right solutions. Santa’s elves get plenty of help from American toy makers. There are 572 enterprises across the country producing games, toys and dolls. These businesses employ around 6,000 workers. Well over $61 billion worth of goods were bought online or by mail order last December.

The 2016 figure was nearly double that of 2010. Profile America is in its 21st year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.

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