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Christmas Fun Facts and Trivia

How much will we spend this year? And what's the best-selling Christmas song of all time? Find the answers below.

We know that there were three Wise Men, 12 days of Christmas and that Santa delivers all his presents around the world in one night. But did you know ...

$23,439.38 

How much it would cost to buy your "true love" all the gifts in the 12 Day of Christmas .

12.9 billion hours, $447 billion

How many hours Americans were expected to spend shopping, wrapping and returning gifts last year. That was about 42 hours and $688.87 per person. 

Get your postman/postwoman a gift

According to Hallmark, Christmas is the largest card-sending occasion . Nearly 1.5 billion cards are sent to friends and family every Christmas Season. (That's actually down 400 million cards since 2004.)

$983 million

The value of U.S. imports of Christmas tree ornaments from China between January and September 2011. China was the leading country of origin for such items. Similarly, China was the leading foreign source of artificial Christmas trees shipped to the United States ($79.7 million worth) during the same period.

Best-selling trees 

The best-selling trees  are Scotch pine, Douglas fir, Noble fir, Fraser fir, Virginia pine, balsam fir and white pine. The first decorated tree  dates back to 1510 in Riga, Latvia.

Tree maturation 

It takes the average Christmas Tree seven to ten years to mature .

White Christmas

According to Venere.com, Bing Crosby's "White Christmas," released in 1942, is the best-selling Christmas song of all time. The site also reports that 1 in 10 presents received at Christmas will be broken by 
the New Year!

Insuring Santa 

Lloyd's of London issued the first insurance policy to protect Santa Claus. The policy covers Santa until the 25th of December in the event of accident and illness, in the run up to and during his worldwide travels to deliver presents to good children.

Steve December 24, 2012 at 09:58 PM
Extra credit bonus trivia: Who is the gentleman shown in the picture uploaded above, and from which movie does it come?
Camilo H. Smith (Editor) December 24, 2012 at 10:10 PM
I can only manage, perhaps: A Christmas Story.
Steve December 25, 2012 at 03:48 AM
Well, I see someone else is Patching on Xmas eve! (We just returned from a visit with our grandchildren, before the arrival of Santa.) You are correct, Camilo. The gentleman is one of my childhood idols, Jean Shepherd, whom I grew up listening to on WOR radio. Shepherd wrote the stories on which "A Christmas Story" (1983) is based. He did the voiceover for the film, and also played a cameo in the iconic scene where Ralphie (a semi-autobiographical Shepherd as a youth) asked Santa for a Red Ryder BB gun. In the picture I posted above, Shep delivered his one on-camera line, in an angry voice, "The line ends here! It begins there!" The movie was based, in part, on material originally published in Playboy magazine -- of all places -- in the 1960s (as well as on stories Shep told on radio and at live shows). Many of those stories also formed the basis for a Shepherd book, "In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash" (1966). I have a well-worn autographed copy of the book I obtained at one of Shep's appearances in New Jersey while I was in college.
Camilo H. Smith (Editor) December 25, 2012 at 04:59 AM
You got me, Steve. Send me a photo if you can. I'd like to see the photo and autograph. Thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas.
Steve December 25, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Camilo, I have posted pictures of the cover and inscription above, along with pictures of Shepherd. I have also added some brief comments to each of the pictures. A Merry Christmas to you!
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