Forget seven swans a-swimming and six geese a-laying. From 10 million turkey dinners to four billion Brussels sprouts, this is the real story of our 12 days of Christmas — and it’s blown our minds
Hangover on the horizon
11:48am — the time the average Brit sips their first alcoholic drink of Christmas Day.
57 — the number of Olympic-sized swimming pools that could be filled with the beer consumed in the UK over Christmas.
205,000,000 — the number of glasses of champagne drunk by the nation in the festive period.
Santa’s on his way
85 — the percentage of four-year-olds who believe in Father Christmas.
750,000 — the number of letters sent to Santa by children in the UK each year.
822 — the number of houses Santa needs to visit every second to make all his deliveries.
2,340,000 — the speed in miles per hour that Santa’s sleigh must reach in order for him to visit every home in the world on Christmas Eve.
Shop till you drop
15 — the number of hours it takes us to do our Christmas shopping.
6 million — the number of rolls of Sellotape that will be sold in the UK in the run-up to Christmas.
83 — the size in square kilometres of the mountain of wrapping paper that will end up in UK rubbish bins. That’s enough to wrap up the island of Guernsey.
40 — the percentage of us who start our Christmas shopping before Halloween.
16 — the number of Christmas presents a UK child receives on average.
22 — the number of gifts we will buy, spending an average of £330 in total.
35 — the value in pounds of unwanted gifts we will receive this year.
25 — the percentage of our shopping time spent in a queue.
170 — the amount in pounds spent by the average family on their Christmas dinner.
50,000,000 — the amount in pounds spent on buying more than 370,000,000 mince pies over the Christmas period. We eat, on average, 27 of them each.
120,000 — the weight in tonnes of potatoes that will be roasted, mashed, chipped and scoffed over Christmas.
4 BILLION — the number of sprouts bought in the week before Christmas.
10,000,000 — the number of turkeys cooked in the UK every Christmas.
7000 — the average number of calories we consume on Christmas Day. You’ll reach your recommended daily allowance at about 2pm.
6,900,000 — the number of carrots left out for Santa’s reindeer.
25,000,000 — the number of Christmas puds scoffed every year.
0 — the number of other countries where Christmas pudding is eaten.
100,000,000 — the number of turkey sandwiches we will eat between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
154,000,000 — the number of crackers that will be pulled across the country, and the number of cheesy-cracker jokes that will be told.
230,000 — the number of tonnes of food thrown away over the Christmas period. That’s £275 million worth of waste.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year
9.58am — the time you will have your first family argument on Christmas Day.
5 — the number of hours most of us will spend on the sofa on Christmas Day.
1400 — the number of babies born on Christmas Day.
14,000 — the number of babies conceived in December.
27 — the percentage of families who will sit down to watch the Queen’s Speech on television.
115,000 — the number of us escaping to a beach, with Gran Canaria, Tenerife and Lanzarote as our top destinations.