By the Numbers

1989 -- Year Memphis magazine fiction contest began

0 -- Number of black composers to win an Oscar before Isaac Hayes (for "Shaft") in 1971

3 -- Number of times Santa Claus has appeared on the cover of Memphis (December of 1979, 1991, 2005)

76º -- Warmest temperature in Memphis on Christmas Day, 1889

0º -- Coldest temperature in Memphis on Christmas Day, 1986

10 -- Snowfall, in inches, in Memphis on Christmas, 1963

3,800 -- Approximate distance, in miles, from Memphis to the North Pole

58 -- Percent of Americans who told an ABC News poll they planned to purchase an artificial tree this year -- an 18 percent increase from 10 years ago

$33 -- Average price of a live Christmas tree, according to the National Christmas Tree Association (NCTA)

$68 -- Average price of an artificial tree, according to NCTA

35 million -- number of real Christmas trees sold in the U.S. every year, according to NCTA

7 -- Percent chance of a white Christmas (at least one inch) in Memphis, according to the National Climatic Data Center

38,000 -- Amount of ribbon, in miles, thrown away each year -- enough to tie a bow around the earth

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