Easter is three weeks later than usual this year. Is that affecting your plans?
Here are facts and figures for Easter this year.
The United States has about 243 million Christians. It's one of four nations with more than 100 million Christians. The others are Brazil, Mexico, and Russia, according to the Pew Research Center. About half of Christians in the U.S. usually attend church on Easter Sunday.
Consumers plan to celebrate Easter in different ways: 61 percent will visit family and friends; 57 percent will cook a holiday meal; 52 percent will go to church; and 17 percent will go to a restaurant, according to a survey conducted for the National Retail Federation.
Americans will spend a record $18.4 billion as they celebrate Easter this year, survey results show. Spending is up 6 percent over last year’s record $17.3 billion and is an all-time high in the survey’s 14-year history.
Those celebrating plan to spend an average of $152 each, up 4 percent from last year’s $146.
Consumers will spend $5.8 billion on food, purchased by 87 percent of shoppers; $3.3 billion on clothing, 50 percent; $2.9 billion on gifts, 61 percent; $2.6 billion on candy, 89 percent; $1.2 billion on flowers, 39 percent; $1.1 billion on decorations, 43 percent; and $788 million on greeting cards, 48 percent, according to the survey.
The 50 percent of consumers planning to buy clothing is up from 45 percent last year and is the highest level in a decade while the $3.3 billion expected to be spent is up 9 percent from last year.
For kids, 35 percent of consumers will have an Easter egg hunt and 16 percent will open gifts.
When the kids get spring break, often scheduled with Easter, it offers families the opportunity to travel. What are the top destinations this year? Travelplus offers this list:
- Cancun, Mexico
- Las Vegas
- Fort Lauderdale
- Los Angeles
- Fort Myers, Florida
- Salt Lake City
- San Francisco
I wish I could travel to one of those sunny places.
Whatever your plans for Easter, have a wonderful celebration.