Fun Festive Stats

17 December 2013

How much weight can you expect to gain between Christmas Day and New Years? How many turkeys are sold in the UK in December? What Christmas songs are the weirdest, most irritating ones? Here's our very important Christmas stats...

1. Calories Consumed on Christmas Day


The average Brit will consume 7,000 calories on Christmas Day. Wowzers. In fact, each of us will gain 6lbs between Christmas and New Year’s. Imagine all the jogging necessary to burn that off!? Ouch.

2. Turkeys Sold

Approximately 10 million turkeys are sold in the UK over Christmas. But we’re very happy that it's not 10 million pig heads… Because if tradition had had its way, that may well have been the case. Did you know that the traditional Christmas dinner in early England was the head of a pig prepared with mustard? Yikes!

3. Christmas Cards Sent
Digital as we may be, it being 2013 and all, we still send our old-fashioned Christmas cards. Anything else feels impersonal and a little tacky. Our festive cards make up 45% of all cards sends throughout the year.

4. Christmas presents: The Gadget Evolution

1960: Etch a Sketch 1970: Rubik's Cube 1980: Nintendo 1990: Gameboy 2000: iPod 2010: iPad

This year one of the most popular presents is, perhaps not surprisingly, the iPad. In the 1960's it would have been the Etch a Sketch. If you haven’t received/wished for at least 3 of the above, you’re blatantly very, very young.

5. Most Unwanted Gifts

Liz & Dick, GIF

We are predicted to spend a whopping £40 billion this year on Christmas presents. However, approx. 60% of these will be unwanted. While most of us girls want clothes for Christmas, it is the most returned present. Hate to tell you, but if you buy your sister or friend a jumper, there’s a 27% chance they’ll be itching to return their disappointment. Play it safe with a gift card perhaps?

6. Weirdest Christmas Songs

“Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer”

So this is grandma, apparently, got too drunk on eggnog, went off her meds and was involved in a hit-and-run involving a deer and a mean-spirit sleigh driver. Really!?

“I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas”

This one is just downright strange. Who asks for a hippopotamus for Christmas?

7. Santa Visits

US scientists have calculated that Santa would have to visit 822 homes a second to deliver all the world’s presents on Christmas Eve, travelling at 650 miles a second. #knackered

Ellen Modin

Ellen Modin