Amaze your family and friends during the conversations that take place at the Christmas dinner table by some of these most astonishing and fun facts about Christmas! I’ve gathered up the best and the most interesting Christmas facts regarding everything ranging from origins, traditions and even food. So yeah, you might want to bring your coffee cup along while getting mesmerized by these 110 astonishing facts.
Get stunned by weird and strange facts about Christmas you did not know before. You’ll find lots and lots of facts related to Christmas movies, Christmas carols, Christmas myth-busters, Christmas foods, Christmas spending, Christmas trees, and how Christmas is celebrated around the world. So buckle up and take the ride full of surprises and excitement with me.
1. HANGING STOCKINGS
The Dutch started the custom of leaving stockings filled with food for Saint Nicholas’s donkeys. He would then leave small presents for them in return. This is a fun fact about Christmas and Jesus.
2. TANGERINES IN STOCKINGS
This is an amazing fact about Christmas. The twelfth century’s French nuns started this tradition of leaving tangerines along with nuts and fruits in a sock at houses of the unfortunate ones.
3. CHRISTMAS CARDS
This is a fun fact about Christmas cards. In 1803, Henry Cole was the first person who came up with the idea of commercial Christmas cards.
4. CHRISTMAS CRACKER
A Christmas cracker story holds a unique Christmas fact. It was invented by a candy shop owner, Thomas Smith in 1847. It contained sweets and love mottos at first but then Tom changed it with trinkets and a joke.
The tradition of kissing under the mistletoe came from Norse mythology. And the culture of hanging it the house goes back to the ancient times of Druids. It’s a basic fact about Christmas.
6. RUDOLPH THE REINDEER
In 1938, Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer came into being for a United States firm’s Christmas promotion and advertisement.
7. THE YULE LOG
The custom of Yule log came up from Europe’s winter festival in which people used to burn wood and drink wine. This story dates back to the twelfth century.
8. SANTA CLAUS IN RED
The color of the Santa Claus’s clothing dates back to 4th century when saints wore red and white robes. Later in the 1930s, Coca Cola advertised Santa in a cooler and modernized version of clothing. This is surely as a fun Christmas fact about Santa Claus.
9. HOLLY AND IVY
Since the ninth century, Holly and Ivy are being decorated in the homes to indicate the everlasting life. The Ivy berries represent Christ’s blood, and the holly represents his crown of thorns. This one’s an interesting Christian fact about Christmas.
10. THE CAROL
This is an interesting fact about a Christmas carol. The meaning of the word Carol indicates to a dance and a cheerful song. In the past, Carols were sung in all four seasons, but now they are only sung in Christmas season.
Many people believe that writing Xmas is non-religious, but it is not like that at all. X is a Greek letter and is the abbreviation of Christ. This is one of the many religious facts about Christmas.
12. WHITE CHRISTMAS
This comes in the list of fun facts about white Christmas. If a single white snowflake is observed being fallen inside the twenty-four hours of 25th December, on the rooftop of Met office headquarters, then that Christmas is officially a white Christmas.
13. THE 2OTH CENTURY
In the United Kingdom, throughout the twentieth century, there were seven official white Christmases.
14. BREAKUPS & CHRISTMAS
According to a Facebook survey, most breakups will occur two weeks before Christmas, and the percentage is least on the Christmas Day.
15. EASTER OVER CHRISTMAS
You might think that Christmas is the most important religious event for Christians, but it is not. Easter takes the first place here. This is a rare fact about Christmas right?
16. THE CONSPIRACY OF JESUS’S BIRTHDAY
Everybody knows that Jesus was born on the twenty-fifth of December right? But nope, nobody knows the accurate day. It’s not even mentioned in the Holy Bible. This fact tops the list of Biblical facts about Christmas.
17. THE VISIT OF THE THREE WISE MEN
It is a misconception of many people that three wise men visited the Jesus. It was only a single scholar/wise man who visited the Jesus and gifted him three things. This is an unusual bible fact about Christmas.
18. BOXING DAY
Most of the people think that Boxing Day refers to the exchange of your bummed gifts. But it is a celebration in which churches open their gates for the whole day to give money to the poor from their collection/alms boxes.
19. BANNING CAROLS IN SCHOOL
Christmas carols can be sung in public schools without violating any laws and constitutions. This is a cool fact about Christmas for kids.
20. CHRISTMAS STARTS EARLY EACH YEAR
Yup! In the 2nd century, it was reckoned that Jesus was born in somewhere between March, so we are nine months late in celebrating Christmas.
21. VISITS BY SANTA
This is quite a cool fact about Christmas. According to the calculation by US scientists, Santa will have to visit 822 homes per second to deliver all the presents before Christmas Eve, worldwide.
22. CHANCES OF WHITE CHRISTMAS
The chances of white Christmas for Scotland and Ireland are one in six. And for England and Wales, it is just one in ten.
23. CHRISTMAS PRESENTS
The average number of Christmas presents received by a child in the UK is sixteen. This is a very satisfying fact about Christmas presents.
24. SELLOTAPE ROLLS
The number of sellotape rolls to be sold each year in UK is six millions.
25. CHURCH ATTENDEES
13% of families in the United Kingdom always attend church on Christmas Day.
26. QUEEN’S SPEECH
This is a top fact about Christmas. Twenty-seven percent of families sit down to watch the Queen’s speech on television.
According to a recent survey, 57% of the adults will gladly refuse to meet relatives on Christmas if it means that they could spend more time on Facebook. This is a strange fact about Christmas for sure.
28. CHRISTMAS JUMPER
82% of people surveyed, own a Christmas jumper most likely to be 25-34 years old, according to Matalan. Isn’t it a weird Christmas fact?
29. IOS AND ANDROID DEVICES
6.8 million Android and IOS devices are activated on Christmas Day.
30. TRAVELLING ABROAD
4.25 million People travel abroad from Britain to celebrate Christmas. This is a fact about Christmas holidays.
31. BING CROSBY’S WHITE CHRISTMAS
This best-selling Christmas single shifts about 50 million copies globally since 1942.
32. BAND AID’S SINGLE TRACK
Their best-seller single song `Do They Know It’s Christmas` sold 3.5 million copies in 1984.
33. VIDEO OF LAST CHRISTMAS SONG
For the last time, George Michael got filmed without the beard in this song’s video.
34. PAUL MCCARTNEY’S WORST SONG
The singer earns 250,000 pounds each year for his Christmas song, which was polled to be his worst song ever.
35. MARIAH CAREY EARNS ROYALTIES
She earns about 375,000 pounds of royalties for her famous Christmas song `All I Want For Christmas`.
36. IRVING BERLIN HATING ELVIS PRESLEY’S SONG
He hated Elvis Presley’s version of White Christmas so much that he tried preventing radio stations from playing it. This is rather a funny fact about Christmas songs.
37. BRENDA LEE THE SINGER
The original version of `Rocking Around The Christmas Tree` was sung by Brenda Lee when she was only thirteen years old.
38. THE FIRST EVER BROADCASTED SONG
The first song to be ever broadcasted was a Christmas carol by Mariah Carey that was `O Holy Night`.
39. CHRISTMAS CAROL RANKINGS IN THE UK
Silent Night was voted as the nation’s favorite Christmas carol. O Holy Night was ranked second.
40. THE CHRISTMAS SONG BY MEL TORMES
The Christmas Song by Mel Tormes was initially written during a summer heat-wave in the year 1944.
41. JINGLE BELLS
The song was written by James Lord to celebrate Thanksgiving not Christmas. This was a fun Christmas fact for music.
42. LET IT SNOW
This song was written by Jewish songwriters Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn, it does not mention the holidays but is still listened by many during Christmas.
43. WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS
This song was originated in England during the sixteenth century. It is one of the oldest secular Christmas songs.
44. JOHNNY MARKS, A JEWISH SONGWRITER
Rocking Around The Christmas Tree, Holly Jolly Christmas, and Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer were all written by Johnny Marks.
45. WINTER WONDERLAND
This Christmas song was written by Felix Bernard and Richard B. Smith; both are Jewish songwriters.
46. MOST POPULAR CHRISTMAS FILM
Home Alone was on top of the list, The Muppet Christmas Carol came second, and It’s A Wonderful Life came third in a recent Yahoo poll about the most popular Christmas film.
47. BUZZ’S UGLY GIRLFRIEND PHOTO IN HOME ALONE
The director of the film did not want to break any girl’s heart that’s why he dressed up the art director’s son for the picture of Buzz’s girlfriend.
48. THE GRINCH
This is a fun fact about how the Grinch stole the Christmas. The makeup Jim Carey wore in this movie took three hours every day in its application.
49. ELF MOVIE’S LEAD ROLE
Jim Carey was originally offered the lead role in the movie Elf.
50. HOME ALONE 2
In this movie, Daniel Stern was unhappy to film a scene with a tarantula on his face. He agreed to a one take shoot, and his scream was dubbed later.
51. THE POLAR EXPRESS
In this animated film, the director gives reference to his childhood hometown by mentioning `11344 Edbrooke` in the starting of the movie.
It was suggested as an idea of a Disney movie on Christmas 1939 which took about seventy years to be produced. This one was a random fact about Christmas.
53. THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS
This is really a fun fact about Christmas movies. Each character took about twenty-four poses per second of the movie, which is the reason why it was made in three years time.
54. LOVE ACTUALLY
This movie was not a Christmas movie, but its director loved Christmas and eagerly wanted to make one of his own.
55. MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET
In this movie, the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade scenes are originally taken from the 1946 parade.
56. A MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL
The creepy angel in this movie was made by immersing a puppet in a tank of water and using a green screen to insert it into the movie.
57. CHRISTMAS VACATION
This is an interesting fact about Christmas vacation movie. This film was based on a John Hughes short story which he wrote in December 1980, for a magazine, National Lampoon.
58. SANTA CLAUS
For one week during the film’s release in 1994, Tim Allen had the number one TV show, number one movie, and number one best-selling book.
59. JINGLE ALL THE WAY
Joe Pesci was to play the role of Myron in the film, but this idea got rejected due to the vast difference in height between Arnold Schwarzenegger and him.
60. ONE MAGIC CHRISTMAS
This was one of the few Christmas movies that are produced and directed in Canada.
61. GROWTH OF TREES
This is the best fact about Christmas trees. About 60 million trees are grown each year in Europe for Christmas.
62. CONSUMPTION OF CHRISTMAS TREES
Around 8 million Christmas trees are used by the United Kingdom each year.
63. RATIO OF TREES
By a ratio of 3:1, natural Christmas trees outperform artificial Christmas trees in the UK.
64. EDIBLE CHRISTMAS TREES
You can actually eat some parts f the Christmas tree. Christmas tree’s needles are an excellent source of vitamin C. This is surely a fun fact about Christmas trees.
65. AGE OF TREES
Christmas trees grow for fifteen years usually before they are sold.
66. LIGHTING A CHRISTMAS TREE
This is an astonishing fact about Christmas trees history. Lighting a Christmas tree using small candles dates back to the middle of seventeenth century
67. OTHER TYPES OF TREES
Trees like hawthorns and cherry were used as Christmas trees in the past besides evergreen trees. This is an interesting fact about Christmas trees.
68. CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTS
This is a little-known fact about Christmas lights. Edward Johnson, the assistant to Thomas Edison, came across the idea of electric lights for Christmas trees back in 1882.
69. TREES PLANTED BY U.S GROWERS
46 million Christmas tree seedlings were planted by United States growers in 2012.
70. MOST POPULAR CHRISTMAS TREES
Douglas fir, Scotch pine, Fraser fir, noble fir, Virginia pine, white pine and balsam fir are the most popular Christmas trees.
71. UK CHRISTMAS SPENDING
The money spent each year on Christmas by Brits is 77.56 billion pounds. This is an interesting fact about Christmas in UK.
72. A FAMILY’S AVERAGE SPENDING
809.67 pounds is the amount of money an average family spends on Christmastime.
73. UNWANTED GIFTS
Seven hundred million pounds is the amount of money spent on unwanted Christmas gifts each year. This was a fun fact about Christmas gifts.
74. MONEY SAVED THROUGH DISCOUNT VOUCHERS
51,000,000 pounds is the money saved each year on Christmas through fantastic discount vouchers and deals.
75. MONEY WITHDRAWN FROM UK MACHINES
18,000,000,000 pounds will be withdrawn each year from United Kingdom’s ATMs during Christmas.
76. AN AVERAGE SPENDING OF ADULT
The average amount of money a UK adult spends on buying Christmas presents every year is 330 pounds.
77. HOLIDAY SHOPPER
On average, a holiday shopper will spend $10.750 on themselves during Christmas.
78. AVERAGE AMERICAN’S SPENDINGS
An average American spends about seven hundred and eighty-six dollars on Christmas shopping. This is undoubtedly a fun fact about Christmas in America.
79. THE BUSIEST SHOPPING DAY
The Saturday before Christmas is the busiest shopping day leaving Black Friday behind.
80. SINGLE VS MARRIED
Married shoppers make 55% fewer impulse buys than single shoppers during holidays.
81. WASTED CHRISTMAS FOOD
230,000 tons of food is wasted and thrown away each year around Christmas.
82. AVERAGE CHRISTMAS DINNER CALORIES
The amount of calories that are in an average Christmas meal or dinner is 957 calories.
83. CHRISTMAS PUDDING
These are two interesting facts about Christmas pudding. It was initially a soup with raisins and wine. About 48,000,000 pounds are spent on Christmas pudding each year in the United Kingdom.
84. TURKEYS COOKED IN UK
Every Christmas about 10 million turkeys are cooked in the United Kingdom.
85. CANDY CANES
Candy canes were created to keep the children quiet during church’s crèche scene. This is a fun fact about Christmas for kids.
Fruitcakes were intended to last all year long for good luck.
87. TURKEY WASN’T THE MAIN DISH
This is an interesting historical fact about Christmas. Turkey was not the original dish at the medieval Christmas feasts, the peacock was.
88. ROAST OR MASHED POTATOES?
45% of people opted for roasted potatoes whereas 7% chose mashed potatoes along with their Christmas dinner. This is probably an unknown fact about Christmas.
89. TURKEY FOR CHRISTMAS DINNER
Turkey is the one choice for the Christmas dinner’s main dish with about 60% of people opting for it.
90. BBQ ON CHRISTMAS
Most Australians prefer grilling BBQ on Christmas as the weather is hot there. This is an utterly strange fact about Australian Christmas.
91. THE LARGEST HUMAN CHRISTMAS TREE
The tree comprised of 889 people and was accomplished by Lacombe in Canada.
92. TALLEST ARTIFICIAL CHRISTMAS TREE
It was covered in green PVC synthetic foliage. The tree had 200 Stobo lamps and 3000 Christmas ornaments and was displayed in Brazil. This is an extraordinary Christmas fact about Brazil.
93. LARGEST GINGERBREAD HOUSE
The most massive gingerbread house was made in Texas. It was 60 feet long and 42 feet wide.
94. LONGEST WISHLIST TO SANTA
The list consisted of seventy-five thousand nine-hundred and fifty-four wishes, and they were collected from 30 countries.
95. LARGEST GATHERING OF SANTA CLAUS
This gathering was held in Derry City, Northern Ireland, in the United Kingdom on 9th December 2017. It consisted of 13 thousand Santa Claus.
96. WORLD’S TALLEST SNOWMAN
It was made in Bethel, Maine in February 2009. It was about 122 foot tall. It melted on 30th July in 2008.
97. BIGGEST GROUP OF CAROL SINGERS
This world record took place in Nigeria at 13th of December, 2014. Twenty-five thousand two hundred and seventy-five participants sang the first noel, o Christmas tree and joy to the world.
98. MOST LETTERS SENT TO SANTA
Forty-four thousand one hundred and sixty-six emails along with 1.6 million letters were received by Canada post on 1st December 2006. This is really an amazing fact about Christmas.
99. LARGEST DISPLAY OF CROCHETED AND KNITTED TREE
This is a fact about Christmas ornaments. A group of crafty ladies in London made the humungous knitted display including 8,845 decorations and 4,416 handcrafted pieces of crochet decorations.
100. MOST LIGHTS DISPLAYED ON A CHRISTMAS TREE
On December 4th, 2013, this unique display of 518,838 individual lights on a 72 foot long Christmas tree took place in Australia. This is a unique fact about led Christmas lights.
This is a fun fact about Australia Christmas. Christmas falls in summers there. The most popular occasion of Australia’s Christmas season is Carols by Candlelight.
Christians living there call Christmas Sheng Dan Jieh meaning Holy Birth festival. They call their Christmas trees `a tree of light`. This is a beyond interesting Christmas fact about China.
This is the best fact about Christmas in England. Christmas comes in a wet, foggy and cold season in England. They bake cookies, hand their stockings by the fireplace and wrap presents.
They celebrate Christmas on 7th December following their ancient Julian calendar. In their religion, the celebration of Jesus birth is called Ganna.
This is an interesting fact about France Christmas. On St. Nicholas Eve day, French celebrate Christmas which is on 5th December. They sing French carols on Christmas day known as Noels.
They make advent wreath of pine and fir branches, four weeks before Christmas Eve, with four colored candles. And light a candle each Sunday. It’s a fun fact about Christmas in Germany.
Instead of Christmas, Dutch call it Sinterklaas which is celebrated on St. Nickolas day on 6th December. They bake a cake having the shape of their family’s last name’s first letter.
This is the most interesting fact from the facts about Italy Christmas. They start celebrating it on the first Sunday of the advent. They used to celebrate with firework, bonfires and with holiday music.
Mexicans decorate their houses with evergreens and lilies. They make lanterns and set them in the windowsills and sidewalks. This is a unique and interesting fact about Christmas in Mexico.
They celebrate Christmas on St. Lucia Day held on 13th December. This is a fun fact about Christmas in Sweden that the eldest daughter dresses as Queen of Light and offers treats to her siblings in the morning.
Hope you enjoyed these 110 spectacular Christmas facts and got astounded by them. And yeah you’re going to need lots of practice to memorize all these facts by this Christmas. I’d be glad to hear your views and thoughts about this blog, feel free to share anymore interesting Christmas facts that you know. So keep your Christmas spirits high and suggest your friends reading this season’s Christmassy facts and figures too.