13 Things You Didn’t Know About Christmas in Canada
Do you know Rudolph's Canadian connection? Or how many turkeys get devoured at Canadian dinner tables?
Canadians Love Eggnog
Don’t knock the nog. According to Statistics Canada, more than 5.9-million litres of eggnog were sold in Canada in December 2018. While eggnog isn’t everyone’s idea of a delicious holiday tipple, it’s obvious that many Canadians do enjoy it.
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A Christmas Story Has Canadian Roots
The risqué leg lamp. Ralphie’s sliding rejection from Santa. Flick’s tongue mishap. Can you imagine the holidays without an annual screening of A Christmas Story? While the tale appears to be all-American, a substantial part of the movie was filmed in Canada. Ralphie’s school, the Chinese restaurant where his family eats Christmas dinner, the famous swearing scene as well as the interior segments were all shot in Canada. And where else would you find the old TTC “red rocket” streetcars?
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The Prime Minister Doesn’t Want Your Gifts
If you want to send a little holiday cheer to the Prime Minster, think again. The Federal Accountability Act of 2006—as well as security protocol—state that Canada’s PM and his family cannot accept monetary presents, gift cards or perishable items such as Christmas cookies or cakes. And don’t even bother sending other items—they may be severely damaged during the security screening process.
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We’re Really Tightening Our Purse Strings During the Pandemic
According to a Retail Council of Canada study, the average Canadian is planning on spending $693 on gifts this year—that’s down a whopping $100 from 2019. The most common rationale for a more frugal festive season? Fifty-seven percent of respondents say it’s because they’ll be attending fewer get-togethers with family and friends.
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Ontarians Are Most Likely to Shop Online
That same survey conducted by the Retail Council of Canada discovered that 90 percent of Canadians say shopping from Canadian-based retailers is important to them. Early holiday shopping trends suggest we’ll be spending more money on personal electronics and sports equipment than we have in the past. What’s more, residents of Ontario are more likely to shop online compared to other provinces, while Atlantic Canadians are planning on browsing in-store to avoid potential shipping delays.
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Santa Has a Lot of Canadian Elves
Since 1982, Santa’s Post Office has employed mailroom elves from Canada, and he has received more than 20 million letters from children around the world. Canada Post volunteers donate over 200,000 hours of their time each year to help Santa respond to every letter that arrives on his doorstep.
Michael Bublé Had a Very Merry Christmas in 2011
2011 was a green Christmas for Canadian crooner, Michael Bublé. Nielsen SoundScan in the U.S. listed Bublé’s Christmas as the second best-selling album of 2011. With a tally of 2.45 million sales in the United States alone, his festive release earned truckloads of cash and was only exceeded sales-wise by Adele’s 21. What’s most remarkable is that a Christmas album with only a few weeks on store shelves outsold practically all the year’s competition.
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Canada Grows A Lot of Christmas Trees
Did you know our country had 1,872 Christmas tree farms in 2016? According to the 2016 Census of Agriculture, the farms were concentrated in British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. If you can’t spend Christmas in Canada, you might as well take a little piece of the country with you. In 2017, Canada exported over two million Christmas trees to over 20 countries, including Barbados, France, Jamaica and Thailand.
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Rudolph Was Canadian
If you were born in Canada after 1964, your Christmases probably involved an annual viewing of the “animagic” holiday special, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Rankin-Bass, an American production company, created this beloved Christmas program, but did you know that there’s a secret Canadian connection? All the characters’ voices (with the exception of Sam the Snowman) were performed by Canadian actors, singers and voiceover artists at the RCA Victor Studios in Toronto.
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Canadians Really Dig Turkey
According to Turkey Farmers of Canada, Canadians consumed a mighty 144.3-million kg of turkey in 2019. During Christmas that year, 2.7-million whole turkeys were purchased—that’s equal to 42 percent of all the whole turkeys sold over 2019.
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Canadians Can’t Get Enough of Ballet
Dreaming of Sugar Plum fairies, mice and soldiers dancing through your holiday season? Since 1995, the National Ballet of Canada’s The Nutcracker has been wowing audiences from coast to coast. Over one million people have watched the annual play since its premiere, and as of 2018, 7,410 pairs of pointe shoes have been used by The Nutcracker‘s ballerinas.
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Canadians Are Always Giving Back
According to Statistics Canada, over 12.7-million Canadians (41 percent of the population aged 15 and over) volunteered for charities, non-profits and community organizations in 2018. Meanwhile, the amount in donations to charities claimed by Canadian taxfilers in 2017 was an impressive $9.6 billion.
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Christmas Isn’t Only Once a Year
In some corners of Canada, it’s Christmas 365 days a year. Welcome to Reindeer Station (Northwest Territories), Christmas Island (Nova Scotia), Sled Lake (Saskatchewan), Holly (Ontario), Noel (Nova Scotia), Turkey Point (Ontario) and Snowflake (Manitoba).
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