1. Xmas is a Christian Abbreviation
The ‘X’ comes from the Greek letter ‘Chi’ – an abbreviation of ‘Christ’ dating back as early as 1551.
2. Christmas Starts on November 11th
Winter begins on Martinmas (11th November); Christmas merged with the Pagan Winter Solstice.
3. Brits eat a total of 10 million turkeys each Christmas
That’s according to the British Turkey Information Service; 87% of homes want one at Christmas!
4. ‘Five goooold rings!’ is the only part of 12 Days of Christmas which is copyrighted
It belongs to Novello & Company and arranged by Frederic Austin in 1909.
5. Santa eats 150 billion calories on Christmas Eve
This would take him 166 million hours of running to burn off!
6. Santa gets 32 hours to deliver presents
Changes in time zones and the Earth’s rotation mean that Santa gains an extra eight hours!
7. The 12 Days of Christmas costs over £76,900 ($116,000)
The Christmas Price Index tracks the cost of all the items in the song which equals this five-figure sum!
8. 190cm (6.2 feet) of snow fell on Silver Lake, Colorado on 1921
On April the 15th, the lake experienced the most snow in history over a 24-hour period.
9. Christmas trees are to blame for 1,000 A&E visits each year in the UK
Usually due to falling – watch out when putting stars or lights up!
10. Santa needs 859GB of PC disk space to hold his letters each year
Seagate calculated the figure based on 1.8 million letters per year.
11. Santa would experience forces of 20,000 Gs to deliver presents on time
More than 6,000 times what astronauts experience during rocket launch!
12. The world’s biggest snowman is 113ft tall
It was built in the US state of Maine in 1999 and holds the world record!