By the Numbers: Holiday Mail Fast Facts

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One of the rituals of the holiday season is heading to the post office to mail gifts and cards to loved ones near and far. The tradition of mailing greeting cards is alive and well, if you look at our stats, but alas, some of these well-meaning cards don’t make it to their intended destinations. That’s where Whitepages can help.

What’s more, that online shopping habit of yours is actually a job creator: As more and more people shop online for gifts, seasonal jobs are created because of the need to handle and deliver more packages.

So while you pass the time waiting in line at the post office, consider these holiday facts:

15th Busiest mailing day in December…

640+ million Cards, letters and packages were mailed that day.

6.5 billion Greeting cards purchased each year by Americans, resulting in…

$7-8 billion In sales; the average person buys 20+ cards per year. The most popular card sending occasion is birthdays.

1.6 billion Number of Christmas cards purchased, the most popular seasonal occasion to send a card followed by Valentine’s Day, when people only send 145 million cards.

70 Percent of card buyers who say sending greeting cards is important.

69.8 billion Pieces of mail that are undeliverable as addressed, meaning 5 out of every 100 pieces of mail never make it to their addressees.

$1.4 billion Cost of undeliverable mail annually. Mail is undeliverable because:

  • .13% missing zip code, city or state
  • 5.2% incorrect apartment number
  • 4.4% missing or marked with an incorrect street name or address

217 Increase in percent of people looking up addresses for friends and family during the final weeks of December on Whitepages.com and our app, so your mail will be delivered accurately.

7 Days a week the post office will deliver packages during the holiday season through Christmas Day.

475 million Packages the post office will deliver this holiday season (a 12-14% increase over last year).

20th Last day in December you can mail greeting cards to arrive by Christmas.

21st Last day in December you can mail packages via USPS in order for them to be under the tree on Christmas morning.

214,000 Number of postal service delivery routes.

4 billion Packages the U.S. Postal Service expects to deliver this year, (an 8% increase over 2013).

You’ve spent time and effort to pick out the perfect cards and just-right gifts – so make sure you’ve got all the address details straight with Whitepages People Search and the Whitepages app on Android and iOS.

 

 

 

The 12 Names of Christmas

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Yes, Virginia, Carol and Holly are the among the most festive first and last names in the country just in time for the holiday season. 

Carol (first name) and Bell (last name) topped the lists with 1,148,024 and 385,651 people sharing the name, respectively.

Rounding out the top five first names are Virginia (577,805 people), Holly (298,910 people), Jesus (284,001 people), and Joy (214,192 people). For last names, Noel took second place (41,100 people), followed by Rudolph (27,025 people), Joy (18,871 people), and Holly (12,438 people). Interestingly enough, there are 439 people with the first name Christmas, and 7,525 people with it as a last name.

Many names on the lists are associated with seasonal songs or stories we all know and love, making this the perfect holiday party conversation topic. Another fun fact to share – there is one Kris Kringle in the U.S., but he’s not at the North Pole.

Our intel also shows that Americans won’t be searching for Ebenezer Scrooge’s address for their holiday cards, as there is no one with that name in the U.S. Our website and mobile app searches do see an increase in consumers looking up addresses for friends and family during the final weeks of December, peaking with a 217% increase on December 18th.

Our list of the Top 12 Holiday Names breaks down how many people share the names in the U.S., as well as the states where the most people with these names are living.

The 12 First Names of Christmas

  1. Carol – 1,148,024; 65,229 in PA
  2. Virginia – 577,805; 41,313 in CA
  3. Holly – 298,910; 21,041 in CA
  4. Jesus – 284,001; 89,465 in CA
  5. Joy – 214,192; 16,195 in TX
  6. Noel – 71,816; 10,536 in CA
  7. Rudolph – 47,598; 2,719 in PA
  8. Merry – 14,226; 560 in MI
  9. Bell – 5,047; 296 in NY
  10. Claus – 1,614; 70 in WA
  11. Christmas – 439; 32 in NY
  12. Yule – 121; 22 in CA

The 12 Last Names of Christmas

  1. Bell – 385,651; 33,761 in TX
  2. Noel – 41,100; 4,896 in FL
  3. Rudolph – 27,025; 2,176 in CA
  4. Joy – 18,871; 1,470 in CA
  5. Holly – 12,438; 1,151 in CA
  6. Christmas – 7,525; 806 in FL
  7. Merry – 5,050; 385 in CA
  8. Claus – 4,979; 413 in CA
  9. Carol – 3,985; 546 in CA
  10. Jesus – 3,342; 990 in CA
  11. Virginia – 1,598; 327 in CA
  12. Yule – 1,506; 190 in CA

 

 

Holiday Stress? Let Whitepages Help You Enjoy the Season

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The holidays are upon us, and you may find yourself already feeling the weight of a long list of to-do’s: party invites, sending holiday cards, shipping gifts and yes, thank you notes. Well, Whitepages can help. Use Whitepages.com and the Whitepages apps to start checking off your “to-do” list.

Party Invites

You rely on your neighbors and friends throughout the year and you’ve already mentioned a little neighborhood potluck at your place. You might even be regretting even mentioning it, for fear of forgetting to invite someone. But using Whitepages Reverse Address, you’ll save face by inviting everyone in the cul-de-sac by name. Or maybe a friend just moved. Whitepages People Search to get their new address.

Holiday Cards

You’ve picked out just the right design, photo and background, now all you need is addresses. Whitepages People Search will give you their current address, so you can spread more holiday cheer.

Shop & Ship

It happens: you’re in a store but they don’t have the item you want, but another location does. Keep it simple by looking up the gift recipient’s name on the Whitepages app (for both Android and iOS), and have the store gift wrap and ship it directly – you’ll skip the line at the post office!

Thank You

Your family and friends have scoured stores and the web to find the perfect gifts for you and your family. Revive the art of the thank you note – find Auntie’s address on Whitepages.com, and you’ll be on her gift-giving list next year!

Congratulations! You’ve hacked the holiday rush, so take some time to enjoy the season.

 

 

Bring Sanity to Holiday Shopping

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Before your Thanksgiving meal’s even digested, the siren song of Black Friday will be calling, if it isn’t already. Sure, some of the best shopping deals are to be had at this time of year, but how to make sense of it and still keep your sanity?

If you’re a parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle, or looking for the perfect gift for you BFF, you may have experienced the “holiday shopping meltdown”. It goes something like this: You’re in a store, maybe with the kids, and you’re on a mission to get a few things checked off your list, but the shelf is picked clean of the item you had in mind to buy.

In years past, we’d brace ourselves for a tantrum – the kids’, or maybe your own because how…many…stores do you have to go to in order to get the sweater for Grandpa or that special dress for your niece – in the right size??

I have vivid memories of my own mom having a near nervous breakdown in the middle of a mall, trying to make sense of her gift list, with four little girls in tow.

But now, you can shop smarter: With the Whitepages app, you can search for other nearby stores, find their numbers and call them to check on what they have in stock before you make the trip crosstown (or even across the mall).

Can’t find a clerk and the shelf is cleared of the jeans in the size you need? Use the app to search for nearby stores, and call them before you go. And check the price – you might find an even better deal!

Looking for the video game that’s on Johnny’s wish list? Forget about cruising aisle after aisle looking for that needle in a haystack—a quick search of other stores on WhitePages will give you options.

And while you’re at it, snap a photo of your dearest little ones while you’re thinking of it, or pick your favorite from your phone’s camera roll – and upload it to the photo center of a nearby store (that you’ve found on the WhitePages app) and you can design your holiday card while you’re waiting in line to checkout . You might even be able to you can pick them up on the way home.

Let us help you feel like you can do it all–and kick holiday shopping stress to the curb.

Priceless: Names That Are Also Precious Gems

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Is there anything more dear than family or friends? The song might say “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend”, but in fact, naming people after precious and semi-precious gems started in the 19th century.

We took a look at some of these jewels, and discovered that there are some old school treasures and modern gems that polish up nicely and shine as people’s names.

Opal

With roots in Sanskrit (“precious stone”), it peaked in popularity in 1911, but has been enjoying a bit of a renaissance in the last few years.

Diamond

12,038 people have this name; it peaked in popularity in 1999, with the most living in Washington, DC and 74% of people with this name are under age 12.

Sapphire

Traditionally given to a girl with deep blue eyes, the name Sapphire is truly a modern name, appearing only in the last 30 years. The name peaked in popularity in 1998; with the most people with this name living in NY.

Pearl

97,416 people have this name; New York has the most, with 5,674. The name peaked in popularity in 1911, and has roots in the Yiddish name meaning “coral”.

Ruby

198,136 people have this name, with the most in Florida (11,206). While it peaked in popularity in 1910, it’s experiencing a resurgence amongst today’s kids: Over one-fifth of the people with this name are under age 12.

Amber

Derived from the fossilized, amber-colored resin, it first appeared as a name in the late 19th century, but today, 449,915 people have this name, the most in Texas, with 40,016. The name peaked in popularity in 1986; but enjoyed surges of popularity in the 1940s and the 1990s.