How is it less than two weeks until Christmas already? We’ve still got gifts to buy, haven’t sorted out a Christmas day outfit – and don’t even talk to us about ordering the Turkey.
For the majority of us, Christmas is the best time of year, filled with festive fun and feasting on delicious food (and maybe the odd drink!). But it’s also a pretty stressful and often-chaotic time of year.
So for a few minutes at least, let’s all forget about how much we’ve still got to do before the big day and inject some fun back into the festive season.
Here are some crazy Christmas-themed ‘facts’ we know yule love, most of which you’ve probably never heard before:
1 Billion – Approximately 1 billion Christmas Cards are sent every year in the UK alone!
5,556 – The number of homes Santa will need to visit PER SECOND on Christmas Eve. Fair play to him for being able to move so quick on such a full stomach. We salute you, Santa!
150 Billion Calories – The amount of calories Chris Cringle will consume this Christmas. Better get that gym membership sorted out for January, Chris…
Santa’s Red Suit – The majority of you probably aren’t old enough to remember a time when Santa didn’t actually wear red. It wasn’t until a Coca-Cola advert in the 1930s when Santa started to be depicted in the famous red outfit we know and love today. Before then, he wore blue and green!
£297 Billion – The total amount Santa would have to spend on Christmas gifts for kids around the world this year. How big is his Piggy Bank?!
62,824 – In December 1975, Werner Erhard set a new world record after he sent 62,824 Christmas cards.
221 ft. – The tallest Christmas tree ever to be erected was a 221-foot whopper in Washington, USA – that’s taller than the Leaning Tower of Pisa!
£425 – The average UK household spends over £400 every year on Christmas Gifts for friends, family and loved ones.
1504 Years of Christmas – Christmas was supposedly first celebrated in York in 512AD – more than 1500 years ago.
“We’ll take a rain Czech on the Turkey” – Instead of the British tradition of eating Turkey on Christmas Day, people in the Czech Republic feast on fish.
Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar – Bet you didn’t know the names of the Three Kings, did you? Now you do!
23 Million Pairs – In 2014, over 23 million pairs of socks were gifted to British men as Christmas presents. Surely we can all get a bit more creative with our gift buying? Get some ideas here.
Different Dates – Not all countries have Christmas Day down in their calendars as 25th December. Some countries in Europe celebrate Christmas on the 6th or 7th January.
Eating Mince Pies is ILLEGAL – In the 17th century, Oliver Cromwell introduced a ban on eating Christmas Pudding, mince pies and pretty much anything to do with gluttony. The law has never been abolished or changed, so eating Mince Pies and alike is theoretically a criminal act. Guilty as charged!
Rollo or Reginald – Bet you didn’t know that Rudolph was nearly named Rollo or Reginald, did you? We can see Rollo being a bit of a hip name for a reindeer, but we’re not sure about Reginald. “Reginald the red-nosed reindeer” doesn’t really have the same ring to it.
50 Million Copies – ‘White Christmas’ by Bing Crosby is not only the best-selling Christmas single of all time, it’s the biggest-selling single – across all genres and themes – in history! It’s sold over 50 million copies to date.
Santa Town – There’s a town in Indiana, USA, called Santa Claus. What a lovely place to call ho-ho-home…
Santa’s Post Code – The Canadian postal service receive so many letters ‘to Santa’ that they gave him his very own special post code. You’ll never guess what it is – H0H 0H0. Very clever!