Christmas Fun Facts! Resources
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Here are all the resources found in Christmas Fun Facts!, plus a few extra fun tidbits and links.
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Santa's Addresses Around the World 💌
Want to write a letter to Santa? Not sure what his address is? Need to get it there quick and want the closest address to where you live? No need to worry. Here are several addresses where you can mail your special letter to Santa.
If you’re in Canada, send your letters to:
In case you didn’t notice, Santa’s unique postal code H0H 0H0 is extra special because it reads as “Ho ho ho!”
If you’re in the US, this is the address you can send it to:
123 Elf Road
North Pole, 88888
For those closer to the United Kingdom, you can send your letters to Father Christmas at:
If you’re closer to Australia, here’s his special mailing address:
NORTH POLE 9999
No matter where you send it, he will get it, but please try and remember to put a stamp on it if you can.
That helps it get delivered just a bit quicker.
Santa Speaks All Languages 🗣
It doesn’t matter what language you use to send your letters, Santa answers the letters in the same language in which they are sent.
Some years, this means it’s close to 200 different languages.
Christmas Charity and Giving Back Links
Angel Trees & Gift Drives
Many organizations set up “Angel Trees” or “Giving Trees” adorned with paper ornaments that list gift requests from underprivileged children. People choose an ornament, buy the requested gift, and contribute to making a child’s Christmas special.
Fun Fact: The tradition of Angel Trees started in the early 1980s and was inspired by the Salvation Army’s desire to provide Christmas gifts to children in need.
How to Get Involved: Look for Angel Trees in malls, community centers, and churches. Choose an ornament with a gift request, purchase the item, and help make a child’s holiday special.
Every year, people around the world participate in Operation Christmas Child by packing shoeboxes with toys, school supplies, and hygiene items. These boxes are then distributed to children in need around the world, bringing joy to their faces.
Fun Fact: Operation Christmas Child began in 1990 and has delivered over 178 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 150 countries.
How to Get Involved: Pack a shoebox with age-appropriate toys, school supplies, and hygiene items. Drop it off at a collection site or build a shoebox online.
Random Acts Of Kindness ☺️
The “Random Acts of Kindness” phenomenon, where anonymous individuals pay for the purchases of strangers, has become a heartwarming tradition in many places, spreading cheer and surprise during the holiday shopping rush.
Fun Fact: A popular random act of kindness tradition called ‘Hanging Coffee’ or “suspended coffee” involves individuals purchasing a coffee or meal at a cafe and ‘hanging’ it for someone in need. When someone less fortunate comes in, they can ask for a ‘suspended’ item, receiving the pre-purchased coffee or meal, promoting acts of kindness and community support.
How to Get Involved: Surprise someone by covering their coffee, meal, or groceries. Leave a note wishing them a Merry Christmas.
Feeding The Hungry 🍜
Many food banks and soup kitchens see a surge in volunteers and donations during the holiday season, ensuring that those less fortunate can enjoy warm meals and celebrate the spirit of Christmas.
Food banks typically see the highest demand for donations during the winter months, making Christmas a crucial time for support.
Fun Fact: St. Mary’s Food Bank in Phoenix, Arizona was the world’s first food bank, established in the US in 1967. Since then, many thousands have been set up all over the world, especially in Europe.
How to Get Involved: Donate non-perishable food items to local food banks or volunteer your time to help sort and distribute donations.
Since 1912, United States Postal Service employees and volunteers have answered children’s letters to Santa Claus. What started as an initiative to ensure every letter to Santa received a response has grown into a nationwide effort to fulfill the wishes of families in need. Each year, ‘Operation Santa’ helps thousands of families by granting their holiday wishes for toys, clothing, and other necessities.
Fun Fact: While most children today send letters to Santa at the North Pole, historical letters show creative addresses like “Behind the Moon”, Iceland, Ice Street, and Cloudville.
How to Get Involved: To join Operation Santa, contact your local post office for info and eligibility. Pick letters to adopt, shop, and send gifts anonymously. Make the season brighter.
Website: Learn more at https://www.uspsoperationsanta.com/
Christmas Meals For All 🧑🏾🍳
Communities often organize free or low-cost Christmas dinners for those who might be alone during the holidays or facing financial hardships.
Fun Fact: Some restaurants and community centers offer free Christmas dinners, often staffed by volunteers, to ensure everyone has a warm meal on Christmas Day.
How to Get Involved: Volunteer to serve or help organize a community Christmas dinner. Spread the word to those who might benefit.
Donating Warmth 🧤
During colder months, “Mitten Trees” and “Scarves of Kindness” initiatives provide warm clothing items for those in need. People hang mittens, scarves, and hats on trees for others to take and stay warm.
Fun Fact: Mitten trees have been a holiday tradition since the 1940s, originally established to provide warm clothing for children in need.
How to Get Involved: Donate new or gently used winter accessories like mittens, hats, and scarves to designated collection points.
Santa Runs & Charity Walks🏃♀️🏃🏽♂️
Festive fun runs, walks, and swims raise funds for various causes, bringing people together in a lighthearted and charitable way.
Fun Fact: Santa Runs started in the UK in the 1970s and have since become popular in many countries as a festive way to raise funds for charity.
How to Get Involved: Participate in a Santa Run or charity walk in your area. Register, gather pledges, and join the holiday fun while supporting a cause.
Hospital Visits 🏥
Volunteers dressed as Santa, elves, and other holiday characters visit hospitals to bring smiles to the faces of young patients, spreading the joy of Christmas to those who can’t be at home.
Many hospitals organize special events during the holidays, where children can meet Santa Claus and receive gifts from volunteers.
Fun Fact: In 1979, a group of Los Angeles police officers decided to brighten the spirits of children spending the holidays in the hospital. They donned Santa suits, gathered gifts, and set out to deliver cheer. This act of kindness sparked the ‘Santa Cop’ tradition, which has since spread across the United States and beyond. Today, police officers, firefighters, and volunteers dressed as Santa, elves, and other beloved characters continue to visit hospitals, bringing joy and laughter to young patients.
How to Get Involved: Contact local hospitals or healthcare centers to inquire about volunteer opportunities during the Christmas season.
Adopting Families 💞
Some organizations facilitate “Adopt-a-Family” programs, where generous individuals or groups provide gifts, food, and necessities to families facing financial difficulties.
Adopt-a-Family programs were initially established to help families in crisis during the holiday season, ensuring they have a memorable Christmas.
Fun Fact: Some ‘Adopt-a-Family’ programs not only provide gifts and essentials but also organize special events or experiences for the families they support. This might include arranging holiday-themed outings, inviting families to participate in festive activities, or even hosting surprise visits from Santa Claus, creating cherished memories that go beyond material gifts.
How to Get Involved: Participate in a local Adopt-a-Family initiative by providing gifts, necessities, or holiday meals for families in need.
Christmas Charity Concerts 🎸
Musicians, choirs, and performers often organize benefit concerts during the holiday season to raise funds for causes like medical research, homelessness, and disaster relief.
Christmas charity concerts often feature popular artists and performers who donate their talents to raise funds for various causes.
Fun Fact: In 1984, the charity supergroup Band Aid released the iconic holiday single ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ Written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure, this song aimed to raise funds for famine relief in Ethiopia. It featured some of the biggest British and Irish music stars of the time, including Bono, George Michael, and Sting. The song became a massive success and not only raised millions for its cause but also inspired similar charitable efforts worldwide, including the USA for Africa’s ‘We Are the World’ and the 1985 ‘Live Aid’ concert.
How to Get Involved: Attend charity concerts or consider organizing a fundraising event to support a cause close to your heart.
Toy Drives for Shelter Pets 🐶 🐱
Animal shelters also receive extra love during Christmas, as people donate toys, food, and supplies to make the holidays special for furry friends awaiting adoption.
Animal shelters also encourage adopting pets during the holiday season, promoting responsible pet ownership.
Fun Fact: Some animal shelters have reported receiving donations for more unusual guests, such as rabbits, guinea pigs, and even the occasional parrot.
How to Get Involved: Donate pet food, toys, and supplies to local animal shelters. Consider adopting or fostering a pet in need.
Christmas Card Campaigns 💌
Sending cards to troops, seniors, or individuals in care facilities brightens their holiday season and lets them know they’re remembered.
Many organizations facilitate card-writing campaigns to send holiday greetings to troops, seniors, and individuals in care facilities.
Fun Fact: During World War II, to help troops stay connected with their loved ones, a special letter system called ‘V-Mail’ or ‘Victory Mail’ was introduced. These letters were designed to be compact and efficiently transported overseas. Instead of sending physical letters, these ‘V-Mail’ messages were photographed onto microfilm, which saved valuable cargo space on planes and ships. Once developed, the microfilmed letters were printed and delivered to soldiers, allowing them to receive heartfelt messages from home despite the distance.
How to Get Involved: Participate in card-making events, write heartfelt messages, and contribute to sending love and warmth to those who may feel isolated during the holidays.
Giving Tuesday 💝
While not directly on Christmas Day, Giving Tuesday falls on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and serves as a modern tradition of giving back during the holiday season. It’s a global movement encouraging people to donate to charitable causes, volunteer their time, or engage in acts of kindness.
Giving Tuesday was first observed in 2012 and has gained momentum over the years as a counterbalance to the consumerism associated with Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Fun Fact: One of the most heartwarming Giving Tuesday initiatives took place in 2020 when a retired engineer named Terry Wallis decided to give back in a unique way. In what he called the “Trees for Dollars” campaign, he pledged to plant a tree for every dollar donated to the Arbor Day Foundation on that day. What started as a personal project quickly gained traction, and with the support of generous donors, over 150,000 trees were planted across the United States.
How to Get Involved: Donate to reputable nonprofits, volunteer some time at a local charity, food bank, animal shelter or community center. Shop from local businesses, artisans and makers. Or shop with businesses who donate a portion of their proceeds to charity on Giving Tuesday.