It’s the Holiday season! We all know what that means? Office parties, holiday gatherings, time with distant family and not so close friends. Which all could lead to extended time for small talk, with people we possibly may not see until the next holiday season. So why not drop some holiday knowledge and entertain them we the some of the following holiday fun facts.
Holiday Fun Facts
I’ve including some financially related facts for you personal finance geeks out there and some good old Christmas ones too. Enjoy!
- It’s a time-honored tradition to eat fried chicken on Christmas in Japan. People in Japan order up their finger-licking-good Christmas chicken months in advance—to the tune of about 3,000,000 orders of KFC each year.
- $1 billion in gift cards go unused every year.
- The popular Christmas song “Jingle Bells” was actually written for Thanksgiving. The song was composed in 1857 by James Pierpont, and was originally called “One Horse Open Sleigh.”
- Net profit in 2016 for Lego was $9.4 billion. To my fellow dads out there watch where your step.
- In North America, children put stockings out at Christmas time. Their Dutch counterparts use shoes.
- There are 364 gifts mentioned in “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”
- Artificial Christmas trees have outsold real ones since 1991.
- Many of the traditions associated with Christmas (giving gifts, lighting a Yule log, singing carols, decorating an evergreen) date back to older religions.
- Christmas Crackers were invented around 1846 by Tom Smith who developed them for Christmas from the French habit of wrapping sugared almonds in twists of paper as gifts.
- Each year more than 3 billion Christmas cards are sent in the U.S. alone.
- According to data analyzed from Facebook posts, two weeks before Christmas is one of the two most popular times for couples to break up. However, Christmas Day is the least favorite day for breakups.
- Shoppers took on an average of $1,003 worth of holiday debt in 2016.
- Approximately 30-35 million real (living) Christmas trees are sold each year in the U.S.
- The traditional three colors of Christmas are green, red, and gold. Green has long been a symbol of life and rebirth; red symbolizes the blood of Christ, and gold represents light as well as wealth and royalty.
- Christmas trees usually grow for about 15 years before they are sold.
- Each year there are approximately 20,000 “Rent-a-Santas” across the United States. “Rent-a-Santas” usually undergo seasonal training on how to maintain a jolly attitude under pressure from the public. They also receive practical advice, such as not accepting money from parents while children are looking and avoiding garlic, onions, or beans for lunch.
- 24.5 million farm-grown Christmas trees were purchased in the United States in 2012, with a real market value of $1.01 billion.
- The most popular day to buy a tree is the first Saturday after Thanksgiving weekend.
- The average prices range for Christmas trees is $76 in sunny California to $27 in snowy North Dakota.
- Festivus is a secular holiday celebrated on December 23 as an alternative to the pressures and commercialism of the Christmas season was created in 1966, but popularized by Seinfeld in 1997. “A Festivus for the rest of us.”