Yule Love This Christmas Trivia

I found most of these interesting facts on the Guinness World Record site and thought they were intriguing enough to share.

A Christmas tree, decked out with US$11 million worth of gold and precious stones.

The best selling toys of all time:  Barbie, Lego, and the Rubik’s Cube

The most expensive Christmas treeAn $11 million Christmas tree in the foyer of the Emirates Palace hotel in Abu Dhabi may break the Guinness World Record for most expensive Christmas tree.

The world’s largest artificial Christmas tree:  The world’s highest artifical Christmas tree measured 52 m (170.6 ft)and was covered in green PVC artificial foliage. The ‘Peace Tree’ was designed by Grupo Sonae Distribuição Brasil and displayed in Moinhos de Vento Park, Porto Alegre, Brazil from 1 December 2001 until 6 January 2002.

The largest collection of Santa Clauses:  Jean-Guy Laquerre (Canada) has 25,104 different items of Santa Claus memorabilia, as of 30 November 2010, that he has been collecting since 1988.

The world’s largest fruit cake:  The largest fruit cake weighed 281.1 kg (619 lb 72 oz) and was made by TRD-Tnuva Romania Diaries (Romania) in Bucharest, Romania, on 28 December 2008.

The world’s 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.

The largest Christmas ornament:  The largest Christmas bauble ornament in the world measures 4.2m (13.77ft) in diameter and was made of galvanized steel by Sergio Rodríguez of San Pedro Garcia, Nuevo León, Mexico, in December 2000.

The largest Christmas choral group:  The largest group of carol singers consisted of 14,100 participants at three venues across London, UK, on 3 November 2009. The multi-venue singalong was led by the internationally renowned tenor Andrea Bocelli (Italy) and the choir of St Paul’s Cathedral, and was organized to celebrate the premiere of Disney’s A Christmas Carol (USA, 2009) and to mark the turning-on of the Christmas lights along Oxford Street, Regent’s Street and St Paul’s. Carollers were encouraged to also text a financial donation to the Great Ormond Street Hospital charity for sick children. The two songs chosen were O Come All Ye Faithful and Silent Night.

The largest Christmas star ornament:  The largest Christmas star ornament measures 31.59 m (103 ft 8 in) tall and was achieved by Apple A Day Properties (India) and unveiled in Kochi, Kerala, India, on 31 December 2009.

The best-loved Christmas song:  “White Christmas” is an Irving Berlin song reminiscing about an old-fashioned Christmas setting. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the version sung by Bing Crosby is the best-selling single of all time, with estimated sales in excess of 50 million copies worldwide.

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Author: nancybond

A writer, photographer, naturalist from small town Nova Scotia, Canada.

3 thoughts on “Yule Love This Christmas Trivia”

  1. An $11 millions dollar Christmas tree?? That’s ridiculous, but then I think they’re one of the richest nations in the world. I’m just thinking how many hungry people that would feed…
    Lots of fun trivia, Nancy.

    1. That is *precisely* what I thought when I read it! That it would build several schools or hospitals in some parts of the world; it does seem excessive. I’m thinking about all the people who lost homes or large parts of them in the recent storm right here in Nova Scotia…people whose lives will never be the same. Yes, lots of places that sort of money could go. Not ours to give, of course. :)

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