Now that I wrote all about the history of Christmas and origin of Christmas symbols, it’s time to find out the fun facts and stats about our modern Christmas holiday. I have found some pretty crazy and interesting information, so I know you will enjoy it.
Christmas Fun Facts
The city called North Pole is in Alaska. There are 2 cities named Santa Claus, and one named Noel.
Apollo 8 – Did you know that the crew of Apollo 8 orbited the moon on Christmas Eve of 1968? (During the orbit, the crew read the creation story from the book of Genesis, which was broadcast for all to hear and later became controversially famous.)
December 16– Busiest mailing day for packages, making the 19th the busiest delivery day for packages.
December 20– Busiest letter mailing day, so you might be better off mailing those Christmas cards early.
White Elephant– The term “white elephant gift” came from the King of Siam. He would give a white elephant as a gift to any courtier that annoyed him and, because of the upkeep expenses, the gift would ruin them.
Mistletoe is derived from the Anglo-Saxon words “missel” and “tan” and is translated “dung twig.”
Gemini 6– On December 16, 1965, the astronauts of Gemini 6 sang “jingle Bells” for all the world to hear, possibly making it the first song sung in space.
World’s Largest Christmas Gift– Statue of Liberty, given to the U.S. from the French in 1886.
Crazy Christmas Statistics
5340 number of times a visa card is used every minute during the holiday season.
3– number of times the average Christmas shopper will be elbowed this Christmas shopping season.
$1.25 Billion was spent on Cyber Monday for the 2011 holiday season, which gives a 15% increase from last year.
Gift Cards are the top gift this year, just ahead of electronics.
801 Million pieces of mail will be processed on the 20th of December.
1.5 Billion cards sent for Christmas in the U.S. It is the largest card sending holiday.
2 Billion– approximate number of candy canes that will be sold this Christmas season.
30 Million– approximate number of real Christmas trees to be purchased this year for Christmas.
113%– Jewlery store sales increase for the 2010 Christmas season.
$27.2 Billion– spent in department stores alone for Christmas in 2010.
10% of Christmas gifts will be broken before New Year’s Day.