Some of our favourite Christmas stats & facts
Christmas is going to be different for us all this year, and we don’t know yet when or if we’ll be able to see friends and family. This year has been incredibly difficult, so whatever Christmas brings, we wish you a restful and peaceful time, and that 2021 brings you everything you hope for.
When you’ve written your letter to Santa, drop it into the designated Christmas Postbox at Unity Place Community Centre, Buckshaw Village and you may get a reply from the man in red!
Here are some fun Christmas facts to entertain you:
Christmas Cards & Shopping
- 1 in 3 men wait until Christmas Eve to do their Christmas shopping.
- Visa cards are used 6,000 times every minute during the Christmas season.
- Robins on cards started as a joke 150 years ago when postmen wore red tunics and were named after them.
- 6 million rolls of sellotape are sold in the UK in the run up to Christmas.
- 28 sets of Lego are sold every second during the Christmas period.
- 550 Christmas cards will be sent every second during December in the UK.
Christmas Music, Film & TV
- The bestselling Christmas single ever is Bing Crosby’s White Christmas, selling over 50million copies worldwide since 1942.
- In Britain, the best-selling festive single is Band Aid’s 1984 track, Do They Know It’s Christmas?, which sold 3.5million copies. Wham! is next in the same year with Last Christmas, selling 1.4million copies.
- It is predicted that Mariah Carey makes about £375,000 per year from All I Want For Christmas and the Pogues make about £400,000 from Fairytale of New York. But top of the tree are Slade, who are thought to earn a staggering £500,000 per year from their hit song, Merry Christmas Everybody.
Some of the weird and wonderful
- Boxing Day gets its name from all the money collected in church alms-boxes for the poor.
- For a Christmas to be officially classified as “white”, a single snow flake needs to be observed falling in the 24 hours of 25th December on the rooftop of the Met Office HQ in London.
- It’s estimated that 14,700 people visit A&E each November and December from Christmas-related decorating accidents.
- Half of Sweden’s population watches Donald Duck cartoons every Christmas Eve.