Top 20 fun Christmas facts from around the world!

Dec 08, 2010
ROME, Italy — It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Take a peek at our list of fun facts about how the most important holiday of the year is celebrated around the world.
Did you know that?
In Greek, X means Christ; that is where the word "Xmas" comes from!
Christmas World Records
The world's largest Christmas present was the Statue of Liberty. The French gave it to the US in 1886. It is 46.5 meters high and weighs 225 tons!
"Green" Christmas
It can take up to 15 years to grow an average-sized tree of 6 to 7 feet, sometimes as little as 4 years, but the average growing time is 7!
Christmas Songs
Bing Crosby 's 'White Christmas' was released in 1942 and is considered to be the best-selling Christmas song of all time!
Christmas Statistics
— 1 in 10 — The number of the presents received that will be broken by
the New Year
— 7 in 10 — The number of dogs that get Christmas gifts from their
— 33' — The average time spent per person on last-minute purchases
— 25 — The number of minutes spent in queues when Christmas shopping
— 832 — The number of homes Santa visits every second to deliver all
his presents
— 5340 — Average number of times Visa Cards are used every minute
during Christmas
2010 Average Budget for Christmas Presents
USA: 520 EUR — UK: 474 EUR — GERMANY: 270 EUR — ITALY: 325 EUR — FRANCE: 366 EUR — SPAIN: 383 EUR — NETHERLANDS: 206 EUR
Traditional Christmas Sweets
— FRANCE: Buche de Noel (a Genoise or other sponge cake, baked
in a large Swiss roll pan)
— USA: Pumpkin Cake (with cinnamon and ginger, frosted with
cream cheese frosting)
— SPAIN: Nougat (made with sugar or honey, roasted nuts)
— HUNGARY: Beigli (roll of sweet yeast bread with a dense,
rich, bittersweet filling)
— ITALY: Panettone (is a type of sweet bread loaf originally
from Milan)
— SWEDEN: Pepparkakor (heart-star and goat-shaped gingerbread
— UK: Christmas Pudding (steamed pudding, with dried fruit and
nuts, usually made with suet)
— PORTUGAL: Pain Perdu (French toast made with bread and eggs,
milk, sugar and cinnamon)
— GERMANY: Lebkuchen (large cookies made of honey)