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Christmas Fun Facts and Trivia

How much will we spend this year? And what's the best-selling Christmas song of all time? Find the answers here.

We know that there were three Wise Men, 12 days of Christmas and that Santa delivers all his presents around the world in one night.

But did you know...

$23,439.38: How much it would cost to buy your "true love" all the gifts in the 12 Day of Christmas this year.

12.9 billion: The number of hours Americans are expected to spend shopping, wrapping and returning gifts last year. That's about 42 hours per person. 

$586 billion: The amount the National Retail Federation predicts Americans will spend this holiday season.

1.5 billion: According to Hallmark, Christmas is the largest card-sending occasion. Nearly 1.5 billion cards are sent to friends and family every Christmas Season. Still, that's actually down by 400 million cards since 2004.

$983 million: The value of U.S. imports of Christmas tree ornaments from China between January and September 2011. China was the leading country of origin for such items. Similarly, China was the leading foreign source of artificial Christmas trees shipped to the United States ($79.7 million worth) during the same period.

Best-selling trees: The best-selling trees  are Scotch pine, Douglas fir, Noble fir, Fraser fir, Virginia pine, balsam fir and white pine. The first decorated tree dates back to 1510 in Riga, Latvia.

7 - 10: The number of years it takes the average Christmas tree to mature.

No. 1: According to Venere.com, Bing Crosby's "White Christmas," released in 1942, is the best-selling Christmas song of all time. The site also reports that 1 in 10 presents received at Christmas will be broken by 
the New Year!

Insuring Santa: Lloyd's of London issued the first insurance policy to protect Santa Claus. The policy covers Santa until the 25th of December in the event of accident and illness, in the run up to and during his worldwide travels to deliver presents to good children.

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