Christmas Fun Facts — Foster's Supermarket

Christmas Fun Facts

We’ve scoured the internet, and found our top 10 favorite Christmas facts. Some are interesting, some are just plain crazy.


  1. The tallest Christmas tree ever displayed was in Seattle, Washington in 1950. It measured 221 ft tall.
  2. US scientists calculated that Santa would have to visit 822 homes a second to deliver all the world’s presents on Christmas Eve, traveling at 650 miles a second.
  3. The highest-grossing movie about Christmas is ‘Home Alone’. It was released in November 1990 and pulled $286m.
  4. 6 billion Christmas cards are purchased every year in the US.
  5. It is a tradition in Japan to eat KFC for Christmas. Orders usually need to be placed two months in advance.
  6. Children who write to Santa Clause in the United States, have their letters delivered to a town called Santa Clause in Indiana. There is even a group of volunteers who respond to letters in the town.
  7. During the Christmas season each year, close to 2 billion candy canes are made, globally.
  8. The first artificial Christmas Tree wasn’t a tree at all. It was created out of goose feathers that were dyed green. They were developed in Germany in the 19th century, due to major deforestation. The feather trees became increasingly popular during the early 20th century and finally made their way to the US.
  9. Santa Claus is known by different names in different countries. In France, he goes by the name Pere Noel. In Germany, people call him as Kriss Kringle and his Italian name is Le Befana.
  10. Did you know that English people ate a pig’s head with mustard as their Christmas meal before it became a tradition to have turkey?