Christmas Facts, History and Stats (2021) | By the Numbers



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Here are all the Christmas facts, stats and history I was able to uncover including Christmas history, movies, songs, trees, Santa Claus, Rudolph and more…

With Christmas just around the corner, I am sure you are all running around buying and wrapping presents, cooking and traveling all over creation. I am in the same boat, but I thought it may be interesting to take a quick break and reflect on the holiday itself. For a holiday we spend so much time thinking about all year, there is still much we don’t know about it.

Here are a few Christmas facts and stats I was able to uncover that you may not have known about Christmas. Enjoy!

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Christmas History

  • Date of the first Christmas: December 25, 336 in Rome
  • Year the first Christmas card was sent: 1611
  • From 1647-1660, Christmas was banned in England by the Puritans
  • Year that mistletoe was first associated with Christmas: The 18th century
  • First time Christmas was a bank holiday: 1834 in the UK
  • First US State to recognize Christmas: Alabama in 1836
  • Year of the first commercial Christmas card: 1843
  • Year Christmas became a US Federal holiday: 1870
  • Year the candy cane was first associated with Christmas: 1874

Christmas Facts and Stats

Percentage of Americans that celebrate Christmas:

92%


Average amount Americans spend on holiday gifts:

$663.96


Average amount the British spend on holiday gifts:


Percentage of Americans that send Christmas cards:

Percentage of Americans that see Christmas as a religious holiday:

51%


Number of Christmas cards purchased annually:1.6 billion


Amount it would cost if you purchased everything in the 12 Days of Christmas:

Poinsettias are originally from Mexico and were first brought to the US in 1825 by Joel Poinsett.


Christmas Tree History

  • First recorded Christmas Tree: 1576 in Turckheim, Alsace
  • Year the Christmas tree was introduced in the UK: 1832
  • Year the Christmas tree was introduced in the US: 1850
  • Year of the first known electrically-lit Christmas tree: 1882
  • Year of the first lit US National Christmas Tree: 1923
  • Year of the first Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree: 1933

Christmas Tree Facts and Stats

Number of real Christmas trees sold in the US annually:

25-30 million


Number of Christmas tree farms in the US:

15,000


Number of Christmas trees growing in the us:

350 million


Percentage of Americans that put up a Christmas tree:


Largest exporter of Christmas trees in the world:


Santa Claus History

  • When and Where did Saint Nicholas live: 4th century in Turkey
  • First appearance of Father Christmas: 16th century
  • Year “A Visit from St. Nicholas” (Twas the Night Before Christmas) was first published: 1823
  • Year that the name ‘Kris Kringle’ was popularized: 1845
  • First use of the name “Santa Claus” in the American press: 1773
  • First appearance of Santa Claus in a Christmas parade: 1890
  • Year that the editorial “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus” was first published: 1897
  • First appearance of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: 1939
  • Year that NORAD began tracking Santa Claus: 1955
  • When was Mrs Claus popularized? 1950’s and 60’s

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer History

  • Rudolph’s first appearance: 1939 in a Robert May book.
  • Year that Johnny Marks’ Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer song, sung by Gene Autry, was released: 1949
  • Publication of Rudolph sequel Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Shines Again: 1954
  • Year the Johnny Marks song Run Rudolph Run, sung by Chuck Berry, was released: 1958
  • Year the Rudolph Little Golden Book was released: 1958
  • Year the Rankin/Bass claymation Rudolph television special first aired: 1964 on NBC
    • Subsequent Rankin/Bass Specials: Rudolph’s Shiny New Year (1976) and Christmas in July (1979)
  • Year Rudolph first appears on a US postage stamp: 2014

Classic Christmas Movies With Release Dates:

  • Babes in Toyland – 1934; 1961 (Disney version)
  • Scrooge – 1935, 1951, 1970
  • A Christmas Carol – 1938, 1971, 2009
  • Holiday Inn – 1943
  • The Bells of St Mary’s – 1945
  • It’s a Wonderful Life – 1946
  • Miracle on 34th Street – 1947
  • White Christmas – 1954
  • Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer – 1964
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas – 1965
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas – 1966
  • The Little Drummer Boy – 1968
  • Frosty the Snowman – 1969
  • Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town – 1970
  • The Year Without Santa Claus – 1974
  • Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas – 1977
  • A Christmas Story – 1983
  • Mickey’s Christmas Carol – 1983
  • Die Hard – 1988
  • Scrooged – 1988
  • National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – 1989
  • Home Alone – 1990
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol – 1992
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas – 1993
  • The Nutcracker – 1993
  • The Santa Clause – 1994
  • Dr Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas – 2000
  • Elf – 2003
  • The Polar Express – 2004

Classic Modern Christmas Songs:

  • Santa Claus is Coming to Town – 1934
  • Winter Wonderland – 1934
  • Carol of the Bells – 1936
  • Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer – 1939
  • White Christmas – 1940
  • The Little Drummer Boy – 1941
  • The Christmas Song – 1944
  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – 1944
  • Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! – 1945
  • Here Comes Santa Claus – 1947
  • Sleigh Ride – 1948
  • Baby It’s Cold Outside – 1948
  • Happy Holiday – 1948
  • All I want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth – 1948
  • Frosty the Snowman – 1950
  • Silver Bells – 1950
  • The Man With the Bag – 1950
  • It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas – 1951
  • I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – 1952
  • Santa Baby – 1953
  • Up on the House Top – 1953
  • I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas – 1953
  • There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays- 1954
  • Jingle Bell Rock – 1957
  • Blue Christmas – 1957
  • The Chipmunk Song (Alvin and the Chipmunks) – 1958
  • Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – 1958
  • Run Rudolph Run – 1958
  • Must be Santa – 1960
  • Dominick the Donkey – 1960
  • Do You Hear What I Hear – 1962
  • It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – 1963
  • Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – 1963
  • A Holly Jolly Christmas – 1964
  • Little Saint Nick – 1964
  • Silver & Gold – 1964
  • Christmas Time is Here (Charlie Brown) – 1965
  • My Favorite Things – 1965
  • You’re a Mean One, Mr Grinch – 1966
  • We Need a Little Christmas – 1966
  • Snoopy’s Christmas – 1967
  • Feliz Navidad – 1970
  • Happy Christmas (War is Over) – 1971
  • Step Into Christmas – 1973
  • Please Come Home for Christmas – 1978
  • Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer – 1979
  • Wonderful Christmastime – 1979
  • Same Old Lang Syne – 1980
  • Last Christmas – 1984
  • Do they Know its Christmas? – 1984
  • Christmas in Hollis – 1987
  • All I Want for Christmas is You – 1994
  • 12 Pains of Christmas – 1994
  • My Only Wish This Year – 2000
  • Where Are you Christmas? – 2000
  • Believe – 2004