By  on December 12, 2015
Illustration: Santa

A Santa can earn $20,000 in one holiday season.Most expensive gift ever offered in Neiman Marcus’ catalogue: 1999 Boeing Business jet, $33mMore than 250: The number of people it takes to createMacy’s windows, and it takes nine months to build them.83 Individual gingerbread men hold up the gingerbread house in Lord & Taylor’s windows.Lord & Taylor’s outside decorations include more than 250,000 twinkling LED lights and 1,400 feet of custom greens.10,000: Number of people per hour who pass by Macy’s flagship windows at peak times.Barneys Ice Castle window includes three ice farmers, 500 gallons of water and 2,000 icicles.12,851 Linear feet of garland used at Saks Fifth Avenue for the holidays.Tiffany’s Fifth Avenue store light show celebrates the 128.54 carat diamond from the1939 World’s Fair.1870s: The first Christmas window at Macy’s.Adele’s of Hollywood in Los Angeles has made Santa suits since 1945.450 hand-painted macaron cookies in Lord & Taylor’s windows.Saks’ flagship has 50 trees and 130 branches painted and dipped in snow and crystal.Most shopping malls hire Santas with real beards.$137.50: The average hourly rate for a mall Santa.1926: First Neiman Marcus catalogue.7m: Number of Swarovski crystals in Bergdorf Goodman’s windows.Most expensive gift ever purchased from Neiman’s catalogue: 2001 Bell Helicopter,$6.7m527 feet of garland and 15,000 twinkling LED lights decorate Lord & Taylor’s interior.Santas can see more than 150 kids a day.A cheap Santa suit is $500-$700. High quality is $1,000-$5,000.200 Choir members singing at the Saks Fifth Avenue window reveal.1928: The first set of show windows at Saks Fifth Avenue.Lord & Taylor windows are created under street level then lifted up by hydraulics for display.2.5% of kids ask Santa for a real pet.63% of shopping malls allow pets to have Santa pictures.700: Number of hand-blown glass elements in the Dale Chihuly glass installation at Barneys.$34.99 is the cost of a holiday window tour through WindowsWear.225,200 crystals presenting more than five million facets, and 225,309 individual points of programmable light are in the Saks windows.1937: Lord & Taylor’s first animated window.Sources: Neiman Marcus; International Council of Shopping Centers; Tiffany’s; Barneys New York; Bergdorf Goodman; WindowsWear; Saks Fifth Avenue; Bureau of Labor Statistics; Macy’s Inc.; Thumbtack; Lord & Taylor

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