Merry Christmas Edhat Readers!

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Merry Christmas edhat readers! In true edhat fashion, here are some numbers about the Christmas holiday to fascinate you statisticians.

And of course a photo of one of the most brightly lit homes on the east side of Santa Barbara.

(Photo by Patti Gutshall)
The following information was collected by DMR.

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: $522.56

Percentage of Americans that send Christmas cards: 65%


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: $34,558.65


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: 79%

Largest exporter of Christmas trees in the world: Canada

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


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EastBeach Dec 26, 2018 12:19 PM
Merry Christmas Edhat Readers!

That's Peter Estrada's house on Quinientos Street. This year we gathered friends and did Harley Hahn's holiday lights tour on our bikes (it was cold but we were prepared and got good exercise). Peter's house was one of the highlights and it was nice hearing kids around the neighborhood having fun.

Red Creek Dec 26, 2018 08:22 AM
Merry Christmas Edhat Readers!

Sometimes I wish Edhat had a "thumbs up!" icon. This post is definitely one I'd select. Thanks Ed, for your great news service and posts throughout 2018. You are so very appreciated and respected as a local news source.

gsurfdog Dec 26, 2018 08:05 AM
Merry Christmas Edhat Readers!

Fascinating....thank you for all the time and trouble to share that with us the day after Christmas....don't pay any attention to 'shorebird' poster. Obviously doesn't have the Christmas spirit

REX OF SB Dec 26, 2018 06:27 AM
Merry Christmas Edhat Readers!

You forgot to mention the Christmas movie for atheists, "Coincidence On 34th Street."

Potif Dec 26, 2018 01:27 AM
Merry Christmas Edhat Readers!

'Miracle on 34th Street' had remakes in 1973 and 1994. Although, they may not have appeared in theaters. There have also been other remakes of 'A Christmas Carol' along the way.

macpuzl Dec 25, 2018 11:26 PM
Merry Christmas Edhat Readers!

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