Sunderlands previous 10 league positions heading into Christmas Day and where they finished that season
Jack Ross' side, with the clear aim of promotion from England's third tier, are on course to do so - but how have the Black Cats ranked in recent years on Christmas Day? Scroll and click through the pages as we look back at the club's Xmas position over the previous 10 seasons.
13th with 21 points on Christmas Day, Sunderland ended the season in 16th, two points above relegated Tyne Wear rivals Newcastle United.
Despite a run of 14 games without a win between November-February, the Black Cats occupied 10th spot at Christmas before dropping to 13th by the end of the term.
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Christmas delight as Sunderland ranked 6th on Christmas Day, however hopes of an European finish were dashed by a 10th place finish.
15th at Christmas, a solid December and January courtesy of Martin ONeills introduction guided Sunderland clear of relegation danger in 13th.
ONeill had the Black Cats 15th in the table on Christmas Day before being replaced by Paolo Di Canio in March, whose two wins proved enough to witness the club narrowly avoid relegation in 17th.
The beginning of three-years worth of great escapes and no wins in August! Bottom at Christmas with 10 points, 13 points from a possible 18 in the final six games saw Gus Poyets Sunderland stay up by five points (14th).
Comfortably sat in 14th on Christmas Day, as Sunderland sleep walked into relegation trouble, Dick Advocaat saved the day to survive by three points (16th).
Sam Allardyces arrival failed to spark an instant revival as the club occupied 19th at Christmas time. However, Big Sams impact did eventually pay off, finishing 17th and in the process, relegating rivals Newcastle United.
The Black Cats stood one-point off Premier League safety (18th) but ultimately fell heavy into the Championship under David Moyes (20th).
You know the drill Sunderland dropped into the bottom three (22nd), two days before Christmas Day and they never recovered relegated to League One (24th).