ROME, December 8, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Venere.com (http://www.venere.com), the European online accommodation specialist. Take a peek at our list of fun facts about how the most important holiday of the year is celebrated around the world, or simply click here to view it on our Infographics page ( http://www.venere.com/blog/infographics/christmas-in-the-world-2010/).
To view the Multimedia News Release, please click: http://multivu.prnewswire.com/mnr/prne/venere/47570/ Did you know that? XMAS In Greek, X means Christ; that is where the word "Xmas" comes from! Christmas World Records
The world's largest Christmas present was the Statue of Liberty. The French gave it to the US in 1886. It is 46.5 meters high and weighs 225 tons!
It can take up to 15 years to grow an average-sized tree of 6 to 7 feet, sometimes as little as 4 years, but the average growing time is 7!
Bing Crosby 's 'White Christmas' was released in 1942 and is considered to be the best-selling Christmas song of all time!
Christmas Statistics - 1 in 10 - The number of the presents received that will be broken by the New Year - 7 in 10 - The number of dogs that get Christmas gifts from their owners - 33' - The average time spent per person on last-minute purchases - 25 - The number of minutes spent in queues when Christmas shopping - 832 - The number of homes Santa visits every second to deliver all his presents - 5340 - Average number of times Visa Cards are used every minute during Christmas
2010 Average Budget for Christmas Presents
USA: 520 EUR - UK: 474 EUR - GERMANY: 270 EUR - ITALY: 325 EUR - FRANCE: 366 EUR - SPAIN: 383 EUR - NETHERLANDS: 206 EUR
Traditional Christmas Sweets - FRANCE: Buche de Noel (a Genoise or other sponge cake, baked in a large Swiss roll pan) - USA: Pumpkin Cake (with cinnamon and ginger, frosted with cream cheese frosting) - SPAIN: Nougat (made with sugar or honey, roasted nuts) - HUNGARY: Beigli (roll of sweet yeast bread with a dense, rich, bittersweet filling) - ITALY: Panettone (is a type of sweet bread loaf originally from Milan) - SWEDEN: Pepparkakor (heart-star and goat-shaped gingerbread biscuit) - UK: Christmas Pudding (steamed pudding, with dried fruit and nuts, usually made with suet) - PORTUGAL: Pain Perdu (French toast made with bread and eggs, milk, sugar and cinnamon) - GERMANY: Lebkuchen (large cookies made of honey)
Created in Italy in 1995, Venere.com is the European specialist for online reservation of hotels and other types of accommodation and one of the leaders on the global market. Since September 2008 Venere.com is an Expedia Inc. company (NASDAQ: EXPE), the world's largest travel marketplace.
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