Weird, Strange and Interesting Christmas Facts

Here are some interesting Christmas stats, facts and trivia you can share with family and friends while waiting for Santa to come down the chimney or while trying to work off that turkey.

How many homes must Santa visit on Christmas?

How fast must the joy old elf travel to visit all those homes?
4,796,250 Mph

Percentage of Americans who believe Santa in the off-season drives a sports car:

drives an SUV:

What percentage of mall Santa applicants were discovered to have a criminal record?

Approximate amount generated by photographs with Santa in shopping malls in the USA in dollars:

How many presents would you receive if you were to get every present in “The 12 Days of Christmas”?

How much would all those gifts cost?

Percentage of pet owners who have their dog or cat pose and photographed with Santa Claus:

Percentage of re-gifts by Americans:

Percentage of Americans who finish off their Christmas Shopping on Christmas Eve:

Artificial or real, which type of Christmas tree is displayed more during the holiday season?
Artificial trees are the most popular with 40,694,463 on display in comparison to real trees at 34,335,809

How much did it cost to produce the very exciting 90 min version of “The Original Video Fireplace”?

How many times per minute are Visa cards swiped in the US between Thanksgiving and Christmas?

How much trash is generated annually from the gift wrap and shopping bags:
4,000,000 Tons

Percentage of Americans who wear Christmas theme clothing during the holiday season?

Which year was Christmas lights introduced?

How many Barbie dolls are sold every minute around the world?

“Jingle Bells” was originally written for a Thanksgiving celebration, in 1857

Have you ever wondered where Candy Cane came from?

“In a small Indiana town, there was a candymaker who wanted to spread the name of Jesus around the world. He invented the Christmas Candy Cane, incorporating symbols for the birth, ministry, and death of Jesus Christ. He began with a stick of pure white, hard candy to symbolize the Virgin Birth. The candymaker formed the stick into a “J” to represent the name of Jesus. It can also represent the staff of the “Good Shepherd.” He thought the candy was too plain so he stained it with a red stripe to symbolize the blood shed by Christ on the cross.”


An average household in America will mail 28 Christmas cards each year and see 28 cards return in their place

In Canada, Santa Claus has his own personal zip code/postcode, H0H 0H0. It has been his personal code since 1982. Currently, more than one million children write to Santa at his ‘NORTH POLE H0H 0H0’ address. Each letter that includes a return address receives a reply from Santa. What makes this even more impressive, thanks to a little help from 11,000 current and retired Canada Post employees, affectionately called Postal Elves, Santa answers in the language in which the letter was written, including Braille!


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