Christmas in Canada is a wonderful time of year. One forgets about the cold weather with all the beautiful lights, music, and celebrations.
If you’re a newcomer to Canada, have you heard about any of these interesting Canadian Christmas facts?
Writing a letter to Santa Claus is a Christmas tradition for children in Canada, and if mailed by Dec. 14, he will send a note right back!
Canada Post’s annual Santa Letter-writing Program welcomes letters to Santa, and with the help of their elves, they send a personalized letter back. The program has averaged one million letters or more per year for the last 15 years.
Make sure to include a full return address on the envelope. No postage is necessary.
Letters should be mailed to SANTA CLAUS, NORTH POLE H0H 0H0, CANADA.
If you missed this year’s deadline, you can access an emergency letter from Santa.
Click HERE to learn more about Santa letter writing programs.
Did you know that Canada has 1,872 Christmas tree farms?
Christmas tree production in Canada totals from 3 to 6 million trees annually.
Trees are produced in many of the provinces of Canada but the nation’s leading producers are found in Quebec, Nova Scotia and Ontario, which account for 80 percent of Canadian tree production. Of the 900,000 trees produced annually in British Columbia, most of these trees are cut from native stands and originate in the East Kootenay region of BC. All British Columbian Christmas tree plantations are found in the Fraser Valley, on Vancouver Island, and in the Okanagan, Thompson and Kootenays regions.
If you can’t spend Christmas in Canada, you might as well take a little piece of the country with you. Each year, Canada exports more than two million Christmas trees to over 20 countries, including Barbados, France, Jamaica and Thailand.
So make sure you have everything you need, including groceries, by Christmas Eve (December 24). Some restaurants, movie theaters and convenience stores remain open on the 25th.
After a year full of uncertainty and unprecedented operating hours, here’s a list of what’s open and what’s closed on Friday, Christmas Day, and Saturday, Boxing Day.
Government offices, public services
- Fredericton Transit, Codiac Transpo and Saint John Transit will not operate either day.
- Service Canada is closed.
- Post offices are closed.
- Banks are closed.
While go-to major retail stores like Walmart, Costco, Canadian Tire, and Home Depot will be closed on December 25, select locations of the following will be keeping their doors open for all your shopping needs.
The Kitchen Table
Shoppers Drug Mart
Locations of these stores will have varying hours on the statutory holiday so it’s best to call ahead to your closest store to confirm the hours of operation for the day.
The LCBO is not open on Christmas Day. If you didn’t get your shopping done here by Christmas Eve they’re next open on Boxing Day.
In fact, this one production is often the biggest money-maker for ballet companies all year.
If someone does wish you a merry Christmas, feel free to say “Merry Christmas” back or the more generic “Happy Holidays” in return, or simply “thank you.”
Why do Canadians eat turkey on Christmas Day?
Apparently, it all comes down to one Yorkshireman.
Nearly 500 years ago, in 1526, William Strickland acquired six turkeys from American Indian traders while on his travels.
Before turkeys came to British soil, people would consume geese, boars’ heads, chicken, cows and even peacocks during the festive period.
However, in the 16th century, King Henry VIII was the first English king to chow down on turkey for his Christmas dinner – before King Edward VII popularized feasting on turkey.
Turkey also became increasingly common because farmers thought it would be more cost-effective to keep their chickens and cows alive – so that they could keep on producing eggs and milk.
Nowadays, it is estimated that around 10 million turkeys are eaten in the UK every year – with 25 percent of Brits buying Canadian Christmas birds months in advance to prepare for the big day.
Parents dress up their children in their finest and stand in line to visit the big guy. Photos are taken for a fee, but these are optional. You are allowed to just go for a visit, but it’s a no-no to try to snap your own pictures without paying for the official portrait.
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.
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).
According to Statistics Canada, over 12.7-million Canadians (41 percent of the population aged 15 and over) volunteered for charities, nonprofits and community organizations in 2021. Meanwhile, the amount in donations to charities claimed by Canadian tax filers in 2017 was an impressive $9.6 billion.
If you enjoyed these Canadian Christmas facts, be sure to check out the 20 best places to spend Christmas in Canada.
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