Christmas Guinness World RecordsOne festive story that caught my attention was the new world record for the ‘most people carolling’ which has just been broken in Westport, Connecticut, USA. A total of 502 singers converged to form ‘One Voice’ and visited 14 local homes singing Christmas carols to clinch the new world record. The crowd was shepherded from one house to another using a bullhorn whilst singing festive favourites such as Deck The Halls, Rudolph the Red Nose reindeer and Let it Snow. Another new world record is for the ‘largest group of carol singers’ which has just been broken in South Korea. Guinness World Records recorded 15,111 singers at the Hong Myung-bo Foundation in Seoul. And if you’re struggling to keep your Christmas tree lights shining bright this season, you’ll be amazed to hear that the world record for the ‘oldest Christmas tree lights’ stands at an amazing 42 years! Yes a woman living in Plymouth in the UK bought a set for just 3 GBP from family-favourite Woolworths in 1969 and they’re still burning bright on the original bulbs! Cue gasps of ‘they don’t make them like that anymore!’ Other interesting world records include;
- The record for the ‘most lights lit simultaneously on a Christmas tree’ currently stands at 194,672 in Malmedy, Belgium. I wouldn’t fancy their electricity bill!
- The Guinness World Record for the ‘most letters to Santa collected in 24 hours’ stands at a total of 1,013 letters in Stockland Shellharbour, NSW in Australia.
- And if you’ve been involved in Secret Santa in your office, you’ll be interested to hear of the world record for the ‘Largest Secret Santa’ which was achieved by the UK TV channel ITV. A total of 1,562 from popular ITV shows such as Coronation Street, Emmerdale and This Morning all opened their mystery gifts live on the This Morning show.