Top 20 Fun Christmas Facts Around the World
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Did you know that?
XMASIn Greek, X means Christ; that is where the word “Xmas” comes from!
Christmas World RecordsThe world’s largest Christmas present was the Statue of Liberty. The French gave it to the US in 1886. It is 46.5 meters high and weights 225 tons!
“Green” ChristmasIt can take up to 15 years to grow an average-sized tree of 6-7 feet or as little as 4 years, but the average growing time is 7!
Christmas SongsBing Crosby ‘s ‘White Christmas’ was released in 1942 and is considered to be the best-selling Christmas song of all time!
- 1 in 10 – The number of the presents received that will be broken by the New Year
- 7 in 10 – The number of dogs that get Christmas gifts from their owners
- 33 – The average amount spent per person on last-minute purchases
- 25 – The percentage time spent in queues when Christmas shopping
- 832 – The number of homes Santa visits every second to deliver all his presents
- 5340 – Average number of times Visa Cards are used every minute during Christmas time.
2010 Average Budget for Christmas Presents
USA: 520 € – UK: 474 € – GERMANY: 270 € – ITALY: 325 € – FRANCE: 366 € – SPAIN: 383 € – NETHERLANDS: 206 €
Traditional Christmas Sweets
- FRANCE: Buche de Noel (a Génoise or other sponge cake, baked in a large Swiss roll pan)
- USA: Pumpkin Cake (with cinnamon and ginger, frosted with cream cheese frosting)
- SPAIN: Nougat (made with sugar or honey, roasted nuts)
- HUNGARY: Beigli (roll of sweet yeast bread with a dense, rich, bittersweet filling)
- ITALY: Panettone (is a type of sweet bread loaf originally from Milan)
- SWEDEN: Pepparkakor (heart-star and goat-shaped gingerbread biscuit)
- UK: Christmas Pudding (steamed pudding, with dried fruit and nuts, usually made with suet)
- PORTUGAL: Pain Perdu (French toast made with bread and eggs, milk, sugar and cinnamon)
- GERMANY: Lebkuchen (large cookies made of honey)