Thursday Open Line

This is Christmas Eve, a time of gathering families close together and to wind down from the hectic weeks of shopping and mailing. But it also is a night of wrapping presents, especially. Some parents will discover to their dismay that some treasure has been overlooked, and head out into the cold, hoping to find an open store with the right solutions. Santa’s elves get plenty of help from U.S. toy makers. There are 545 enterprises across the country producing games, toys and children’s vehicles. These businesses employ almost 6,500 workers. And around $43 billion worth of goods are bought online or by mail order in December, the peak month of the year by far. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at <>.