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Most U.S. imported Christmas decorations, lights come from China, Cambodia

Celebrating Christmas in the United States often includes financial ties to several countries.

The U.S. imported more than $2.5 billion in Christmas decorations last year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. China accounted for 92% of the imports.

The Bureau says American imported more than $460 million of Christmas lights in 2020, with Cambodia sending 60%. Vietnam accounted for about half of America’s imported tapered candles last year, followed by Canada at more than 20%.

In December, 2020, retails sales at U.S. department stores were $14.6 billion, a decline of 20% from December 2019. The estimated value of retail sales by online shopping and mail-order houses was $96.2 billion in December 2020, the highest estimated monthly total last year.

[Source: U.S. Census Bureau]

As a senior field correspondent, Christina Estes focuses on stories that impact our economy, your wallet and public policy.