This increased usage is not isolated to December, either.
🎄 Christmas Tree has been sitting on or near the top of Emojipedia's own most popular emoji pages since mid-November, jumping in use prior to 🦃 Thanksgiving and given an additional boost as 🛍️ Black Friday approaches.
Above: various 🎄 Christmas Tree designs from different emoji vendors.
This mid-November jump isn't exclusively the providence of 2021, however. Looking back at over 6.4 billion tweets from late 2011 onwards, this initial November jump can be seen from as early as 2012.
Why not in 2011?
Well, while the 🎄 Christmas Tree has been part of the Unicode Standard since October 2010's Unicode 6.0, the first easily-accessible Unicode-compliant emoji keyboard wasn't introduced until Apple debuted iOS 5.1 in March of 2012.
There are several curiosities amongst histroic designs for the 🎅 Santa Claus emoji.
The design was revised in 2014's Android 5.0 release, at which time this ticket was quietly "marked as fixed".
Today the designs are largely consistent and either jolly or neutral in expression, as shown above.
That being said, Apple's design does display Santa's beard as being yellow instead of white or grey: a design choice stemming from the introduction of skin tone modifier support back in 2015's iOS 8.3.
A zero width joiner (ZWJ) sequence consisting of the 🧑 Person and 🎄 Christmas Tree, this emoji depicts a non-gender-specific individual (usually shown as being an older adult) wearing a traditional 🎅 Santa hat.
Unlike 🎅 Santa Claus and 🤶 Mrs. Claus, 🧑🎄 Mx Claus does not represent a specific character from global folklore but instead can be used to represent a generic person celebrating Christmas, including self-representation in messaging and social media.
Given that they were only available across a limited number of platforms during the 2020 Christmas season, use of 🧑🎄 Mx Claus was quite minimal last year. However, like 🎅 Santa Claus and 🤶 Mrs. Claus, this year they have been experiencing a holiday surge in use given their broader accessibility.
That being said, the 🎁 Wrapped Gift does historically experience its peak during December.
- 👶 Baby
- 👼 Baby Angel
- 🎅 Santa Claus
- 🤶 Mrs. Claus
- 🧑🎄 Mx Claus
- 🧝 Elf
- 🧝♂️ Man Elf
- 🧝♀️ Woman Elf
- 👪 Family
- 🦌 Deer
- 🍪 Cookie
- 🥛 Glass of Milk
- 🍷 Wine Glass
- 🍴 Fork and Knife
- ⛪ Church
- 🌟 Glowing Star
- ❄️ Snowflake
- ☃️ Snowman
- ⛄ Snowman Without Snow
- 🔥 Fire
- 🎄 Christmas Tree
- 🎁 Wrapped Gift
- 🧦 Socks
- 🔔 Bell
- 🎶 Musical Notes
- 🕯️ Candle
- 🛐 Place of Worship
- ✝️ Latin Cross
📖 Read More
- 🦃 Thanksgiving Emojis Get Gobbled Up
- 🎃 Spooky Emojis Are Trending
- 🎄 Every Christmas Emoji
- 🎅 Christmas Emojis: The Comprehensive Guide
While Apple iPhone devices supported emojis from 2008's OS 2.2, these emojis were created using private use area codes instead of specifically designed Unicode codepoints, with access to the emoji keyboard initially limited to iPhone users in Japan for compatibility with the Softbank emoji set. Subsequent emoji updates in iOS 4.0 and iOS 5.0 continued to use these private use area codes before iOS 5.1 swapped to using Unicode 6.0's designated emoji codepoints. ↩︎