Date of the probable first flight of Santa's sleigh, a versatile, all weather, multi-purpose, vertical short-takeoff-and-landing vehicle capable of traveling vast distances without refueling and deployed, as far as we know, only on Christmas Eve (and briefly for a test flight about a month before Christmas), according to NORAD: Dec. 24, 343 A.D.
Length of the sleigh, built by Kringle and Elves Inc. and home-based at the North Pole: 75 cc (candy canes)/150 lps (lollipops)
Weight at takeoff: 75,000 gd (gumdrops)
Propulsion: Nine (9) rp (reindeer power)
Armament: Antlers (purely defensive)
Climbing speed: One "T" (Twinkle of an eye)
Max speed: Faster than starlight
Year that Franklin Pierce, the 14th president of the United States, placed a Christmas tree in the White House for the first time, according to PolitiFact.com and the National Christmas Tree Association: 1856
Year that President Calvin Coolidge started the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on the White House lawn: 1923
Year that the National Christmas Tree was not lit until Dec. 22 because of a national 30-day period of mourning following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy: 1963
Source: National Christmas Tree Association.
Date of the first Christmas celebration, according to research by DMR Stats and fun facts pages: Dec. 25, 336 in Rome
Year the first Christmas card was sent: 1611
Years that Christmas was banned in England by the Puritans: 1647 to 1660
First time Christmas was a bank holiday, originally observed in England: 1834
Year Christmas became a U.S. federal holiday: 1870
Source: DMR Stats and fun facts pages.
Year that tinsel was invented in Germany and was originally spun from real silver, making it far from the decoration it is now, according to Surprising Christmas Facts from CDS Global Inc.: 1610
Source: CDS Global.
Percentage of parents who blame the internet for their children no longer believing in Santa, according to a survey by Wriggly Toes: 16.5
Percentage who say Google searches are responsible for their kids discovering the truth: 33
Percentage of kids who have watched as their parents made an online gift purchase: 25
Source: Wriggly Toes.
Using salary information from comparable jobs from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, estimated percentage annual salary raise for the North Pole's most famous and beloved resident in 2022, according to insure.com: 2
For all his tasks -- from Rudolph's nose maintenance, running the workshop, reading letters, checking his list (twice) to taste-testing each delicious cookie, even the oatmeal raisin ones -- amount that Santa, with "a magically tireless work ethic," earned this year (up from $159,622): $162,555
Percentage of adults who say they expect to feel more stressed this upcoming holiday season compared to last, an increase of 9 percentage points since 2021, according to a poll from the American Psychiatric Association (APA): 31
Ranks of affording holiday gifts, meals, and finding and securing holiday gifts on the list of potential drivers of stress: 1, 2, 3
Source: American Psychiatric Assocation.
Estimated number of children under age 18 in the world, according to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF): 2.375 billion
If we assume that each household has, on average, 2.5 children, number of stops Santa would have to make on Christmas Eve, traveling 221 million miles: 950 million
Given the different time zones, number of hours that Santa has to deliver gifts, making his average speed approximately 650 miles per second: 36
Utilizing theoretical "relativity clouds" that would allow Santa to stretch time like a rubber band and give him months to deliver gifts, amount of time that would pass for the rest of us, according to Larry Silverberg, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at North Carolina State University: a few minutes
Source: UNICEF and Larry Silverberg.
Number of consumers who plan to shop in-store and online on "Super Saturday" -- the last Saturday before Christmas Eve and Christmas -- this year on Dec. 17, according to the annual survey released today by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights and Analytics: 158 million
Percentage of their holiday shopping that is completed as of early December: 53
Percentage who say their holiday plans include purchasing after Dec. 25: 70
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