2012-12-20 / General Stories

Christmas Fun Facts

Christmas World Records: The 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 weighs 225 tons!

“Green” Christmas: It can take up to 15 years to grow an averagesized tree of 6-7 feet or as little as 4 years, but the average growing time is 7!

Christmas Songs: Bing Crosby‘s ‘White Christmas’ was released in 1942 and is considered to be the best-selling Christmas song of all time!

Christmas Statistics: * 1 in 10 – The number of 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 lastminute purchases; * 25 – The percentage time spent in lines 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; Traditional Christmas Sweets: * FRANCE: Buche de Noel (a GĂ©noise 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); * 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); and * GERMANY: Lebkuchen (large cookies made of honey).

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