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How tall was the world’s tallest snowman? How much wrapping paper do people in the UK use every year? Impress your family over the dinner table by casually dropping these Christmas cracker fun facts into conversation! We’ve rounded up our favourite for everyone to enjoy while tucking into the turkey.


  In order for Santa to visit every home on Christmas Eve, he’d have to visit 822 homes per second

 According to tradition, you should eat one mince pie on each of the 12 days of Christmas to bring good luck

 UK consumers use approximately 227,000 miles of wrapping paper each year

 There are 364 gifts mentioned in ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’

 Around 28 sets of LEGO are sold per second during Christmas

 62,824 – the record number of Christmas cards sent by a single person in a year

 8.2 million people in the UK watch the Queen’s Speech on Christmas Day

 Before turkey, the traditional Christmas meal in England was a pig’s head and mustard

 34m – the height of the tallest ever snowman, which was built in Maine, America

 Putting tangerines in Christmas stockings comes from 12th century French nuns who left socks of fruit and nuts at houses for the poor

 Many parts of the Christmas tree can actually be eaten – the needles being a good source of Vitamin C

 Glitter has been used as decoration since 40,000 BC

 Jingle Bells is the only Christmas song that doesn’t mention Christmas, Jesus or the Nativity

 38cm – the width of the largest recorded snowflake

 Prior to about 1880, most images showed Father Christmas wearing a green coat


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