Top ten Christmas record breakers

Christmas is loved by millions of people all over the world. Why not try to break a record while you are baking Christmas cookies or folding paper angels? Here is a list of some amazing Christmas records

The world's biggest Christmas gift was the Statue of Liberty, given by the people of France to the US
The world's biggest Christmas gift was the Statue of Liberty, given by the people of France to the US
Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland is the world’s largest Christmas shop
Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland is the world’s largest Christmas shop
Bing Crosby’s ‘White Christmas’ remains a much loved Christmas classic
Bing Crosby’s ‘White Christmas’ remains a much loved Christmas classic
The giant Yule Goat, built in Gävle, Sweden, gets burnt down at the end of the season
The giant Yule Goat, built in Gävle, Sweden, gets burnt down at the end of the season

1. Best selling Christmas single: ‘White Christmas’ by Bing Crosby, has sold over 100 million records around the world since its release in 1942, though that figure includes album sales. It is the best-selling single of all time, with sales estimated to be more than 50 million copies worldwide.

2. The world’s largest gift was the Statue of Liberty. The people of France gave it to the US in 1886. It’s 151 feet high and weighs 225 tonnes.

3. The most valuable Christmas card was sold at an auction in Devizes, Wiltshire, UK in 2001 for £20,000 (approx. $40.000). The card was originally sent by Sir Henry Cole of Bath to his grandmother in 1843!

4. Most expensively decorated Christmas tree: The most expensively decked Christmas tree was erected on 7 December 2002 at the Tsunamachi Misui Club, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan by Piaget Japan. It was decorated with 83 pieces of jewellery, which had a total value of 1,357,785,000 Japanese Yen ($16 million)

5. The world’s longest Christmas cracker measured 63.1 m long and 4 m in diameter and was made by the parents of children at Ley Hill School and Pre-School, Chesham, Buckinghamshire, UK on 20 December 2001.

The cracker contained balloons, toys, a hat (2.5 m in diameter) and a joke. The cracker was pulled by children of the school and members of Saracens Rugby Club and went bang.

6. David Richards, a Canberra lawyer and businessman, broke the world record for most lights on a Christmas tree by illuminating a tree in downtown Canberra with 518,838 twinkling lights. Richards created the Christmas extravaganza to raise money for Canberra’s Sudden Infant Death Syndrome charity, SIDS and Kids

7. Every year, the citizens of Gävle Sweden build the world’s largest christmas goat out of straw. This is their Christmas tradition. Unfortunately for them, almost every year the poor goat gets burned down. It’s an 13-metre tall, 7-metre long, 3 tonne goat.

8. Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland is a retail store in Frankenmuth, Michigan that bills itself as the “World’s Largest Christmas Store”. The store has grown to the size of five-and-a-half football fields and is home to over 50000 gifts.

9. Largest Christmas stocking: The largest Christmas stocking measured 32.56 m (106 ft 9 in) long and 14.97 m (49 ft 1 in) wide (heel to toe) and was made by the Children’s Society (UK) in London, UK on 14 December 2007.

10. Largest secret Santa game: The largest secret Santa game involved 1,270 participants in an event organised by Boots UK Limited at their head office in Nottingham, UK, on 18 December 2008.

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