Do you know which provinces boast the most generous gift givers? Or how many turkeys get devoured at Canadian dinner tables? From holiday shopping to presents for the Prime Minister, here are 13 surprising facts about Christmas in Canada.
1. A Christmas Story Has Canadian Roots
The risqué leg lamp. Ralphie’s sliding rejection from Santa. Flick’s tongue mishap. Can you imagine Christmas 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 ate, 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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2. 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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3. The Atlantic Provinces Spend the Most on Christmas
A 2018 survey conducted by the Retail Council of Canada discovered that residents of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador plan to spend more per capita ($813 on average per person) in retail stores than any of the other Canadian provinces. Citizens of Ontario and British Columbia will cause cash registers to ring in holiday exultation, too, as they ranked in at no. two ($805) and three ($688), respectively. Quebecers plan to spend the least, at $458 on average per person.
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