Advent calendar

The run-up to Christmas wouldn’t be the same without an advent calendar. That’s why we’ll be revealing a Christmas fact, joke or funny picture every day from now until Christmas Eve. Don’t forget to come back every day to see what’s new!


  • The average Brit will kiss just one person under the mistletoe at Christmas.

  • The first advent calendar was printed in 1908 by a German called Gerhard Lang.

  • Why did Santa go to see the doctor?

    Because of his bad elf!

  • The average Christmas dinner is washed down with 4 glasses of champagne. Cheers!

  • Brits travel over 5.5 billion miles to visit friends and family at Christmas.

  • The biggest selling Christmas song in the UK is Band Aid’s ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ It’s sold almost 4 million copies since 1984.

  • Christmas in Russia isn't for a month - with Orthodox Christmas Day on January 7.

  • Most people’s Christmas dinner includes 8 potatoes. Get peeling!

  • The average Brit buys presents for 9 people at Christmas.

  • Around 10 million turkeys are eaten at Christmas every year in the UK.

  • Writing ‘Xmas’ isn’t lazy – the X is an abbreviation of Christ in Greek and was in use as far back as the year 1100.

  • In some countries it’s a tradition that animals can speak on Christmas Eve.

  • There are 13 Santa-like figures in Iceland and each leaves a gift. They have weird names like Spoon Licker, Door Sniffer and Meat Hook.

  • What do you get if you cross Santa with a duck?

    A Christmas quacker!

  • Most Christmas trees are teenagers! The average age of a pine tree before it’s sold for Christmas is 15 years old.

  • On this day in 1965, Jingle Bells was the first song broadcast from space when the Gemini 6 crew sang it.

  • Nearly 15,000 people in America go to hospital every year with an injury caused by Christmas decorations.

  • How did Scrooge win the football game?

    The ghost of Christmas passed!

  • Brits will pull 154 million crackers over Christmas. That’s a whole lot of paper crowns and jokes!

  • Aah – someone’s ready for Christmas!

  • What does Santa suffer from if he gets stuck in a chimney?


  • For the last 3 years, Lego has been the most requested present in Royal Mail’s Letters to Santa.

  • In Norway, today is called ‘Lille Julaften’ or Little Christmas Eve.

  • Around 370 million mince pies are sold each year in the UK. Don’t forget to leave one out for Santa tonight! Happy Christmas everyone!