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Christmas Quiz


By Deanna Mascle, Fri Dec 9th

1.Which Christmas tree fact is NOT true?

A. Artificial Christmas trees have out sold real ones every yearsince 1991.

B. Nova Scotia leads the world in exporting Christmas trees.


c. Franklin Pierce was the first president to decorate an official White House Christmas tree.

D. The Christmas tree was chosen to represent this holy holidaybecause it's shape points the way to heaven.

1.Which Christmas tree fact is NOT true?

D. The Christmas tree was chosen to represent this holy holidaybecause it's shape points the way to heaven.

QQ: OK, so maybe it's true, but the Quiz Queen can't prove thatfact, as reasonable as it sounds, because it wasn't in any ofthe literature she dug up for this quiz.

2. Can you name the popular Christmas song that was actually written for Thanksgiving?

A. Jingle Bells

B. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear

C. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

D. Away in the Manger

2. Can you name the popular Christmas song that was actuallywritten for Thanksgiving?

A.Jingle Bells

QQ: The song was composed in 1857 by James Pierpont, and wasoriginally called One Horse Open Sleigh. When you think aboutthe words make a lot more sense that way...

3. Electric Christmas tree lights were first used in what year?

A. 1865

B. 1895

C. 1905

D. 1932

B. 1895

QQ: American Ralph E. Morris had the bright idea that electric Christmas lights would be safer than using candles.

4. Good King Wenceslas was king of what country?

A. Bohemia

B. England

C. Germany

D. Morocco

4. A. Bohemia.

QQ: Who knows why those Bohemians always get such a bad rep?Although, history has it that Wenceslas, who lived in the 10thcentury, was only a Duke, not a King at all.

5. In 8971, the New York Sun newspaper wrote a famous responseto a little girl's question: "Yes, _______, there is a SantaClaus." Can you name that girl?

A. Mary

B. Charlotte

C. Vidalia

D. Virginia

5. In 8971, the New York Sun newspaper wrote a famous response to a little girl's question: "Yes, _______, there is a Santa Claus." Can you name that girl?

D. Virginia

QQ: Virginia O'Hanlon to be exact! Shame on you, if you missedit.

6. Can you name Scrooge's dead business partner from CharlesDickens' "A Christmas Carol?"

A. Jacob Marley

B. Tiny Tim

C. Bob Cratchett

D. Old William

6. Can you name Scrooge's dead business partner from CharlesDickens' "A Christmas Carol?"

A.Jacob Marley

QQ: The first of four spirits to appear to Scrooge that fateful Christmas Eve was that of Jacob Marley, his old business partner.

7. One of the pagan traditions that Christians have incorporatedinto their Christmas celebration includes hanging mistletoe.Which of these is NOT a former pagan belief?

A. Ancient Europeans believed that the mistletoe plant heldmagical powers to bestow life and fertility as well as protectagainst disease.

B. French girls used to slip branches of mistletoe beneath theirpillows to dream of their future husbands.

C. The Celts believed mistetoe brought about peace and goodwill.

D. Northern Europeans associated mistletoe with the Norsegoddess of love, Freya and developed the custom of kissingunderneath mistletoe branches.

7. One of the pagan traditions that Christians haveincorporated into their Christmas celebration includes hangingmistletoe. Which of these is NOT a former pagan belief?

B. French girls used to slip branches of mistletoe beneath theirpillows to dream of their future husbands.

QQ: That was a tough one, wasn't it? The QuizQueen is sooooclever...

8. While today the Christmas tree is an enduring symbol of theseason, it wasn't always a holiday tradition. Which historicalfact is NOT true?

A. According to legend, Martin Luther, the founder of Germanprotestantism, while walking through the forest on Christmas Evewas so moved by the starlit fir trees he brought one indoors anddecorated it with candles to remind his children of God'screation.

B. In 1841, Prince Albert of Germany gave his wife, QueenVictoria of England, a gift of a Christmas tree. This wasreputedly the first Christmas tree in England, but the customquickly spread.

C. German immigrants brought the Christmas tree to Europe, theUnited States and Canada, where it soon became a populartradition.

D. On a bet, 11-year-old P.T. Barnum started hawking trees in Connecticut in 1821, telling his marks they were all the rage.Soon the fashion spread throughout the country and it becametradition, thus establishing his maxim "There is a sucker bornevery minute."

8. While today the Christmas tree is an enduring symbol of theseason, it wasn't always a holiday tradition. Which historical fact is NOT true?

D. On a bet, 11-year-old P.T. Barnum started hawking trees inConnecticut in 1821, telling his marks they were all the rage.Soon the fashion spread throughout the country and it becametradition, thus establishing his maxim "There is a sucker born every minute."

QQ: Good 'ole P.T. Barnum did try to sell just about everything,and may in fact have sold Christmas trees, but I doubt he soldthem at that age!

9. Many people are familiar with the term "The Twelve Days ofChristmas," but not everyone knows where it originated. Can youpick out the right explanation?

A. The Twelve Days of Christmas represents the number of days Joseph and Mary traveled to Bethlehem.

B. The Twelve Days of Christmas represents the length of timethat the three wise men from the East traveled to reach Baby Jesus after his birth.

C. The Twelve Days of Christmas represents the number ofr eindeer pulling Santa's sleigh.

D. The Twelve Days of Christmas represents the length of time required to celebrate Good King Wenceslas' birthday.

9. Many people are familiar with the term "The Twelve Days ofChristmas," but not everyone knows where it originated. Can youpick out the right explanation?

B. The Twelve Days of Christmas represents the length of time that the three wise men from the East traveled to reach Baby Jesus after his birth.

QQ: And you thought you didn't learn anything practical in Sunday school?

10. Who hasn't wondered what "wassail" is and why people wouldrequest it at Christmas. Let's see if you can guess...

A. Wassail comes from the Old Norse "Ves Heill" and means "to beof good health," so when neighbors would visit on Christmas Evethey would drink to each other's health.

B. Wassail comes from the Old German "Ves Heill" and means "toavoid Hell," so loved ones would share this sentiment with eachother on Christmas Eve in preparation for the birth of Christ.

C. Wassail comes from the Old Celtic "Ves Heill" and means"drink up" so is naturally associated with all party occasions.

D. Wassail comes from the Old English "Ves Heill" and meansdrink of the angels and eventually became associated withChristmas.

10. Who hasn't wondered what "wassail" is and why people wouldrequest it at Christmas. Let's see if you can guess...

A. Wassail comes from the Old Norse "Ves Heill" and means "to be of good health," so when neighbors would visit on Christmas Eve they would drink to each other's health.

QQ: Sometimes The QuizQueen can be very, very silly.

11. Everyone loves to receive them, but dreads performing the annual holiday ritual of sending Christmas cards. So who do weNOT have to thank/blame?

A. Medieval Europeans who exchanged wood prints of religious themes for Christmas.

B. English illustrator John Calcott Horsley who created the first modern Christmas card in 1843 that depicted a family celebration with the caption "A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to You."

C. German-American printer Louis Prang who made advances in color lithography allowing him to mass produce colorful Christmas cards in 1875.

D. Desmond Hallmark who had a surplus of cards left over from Arbor Day depicting a fir tree and decided to unload them by the box by simply printing Merry Christmas across the trees in redink.

11. Everyone loves to receive them, but dreads performing theannual holiday ritual of sending Christmas cards. So who do we NOT have to thank/blame?

D. Desmond Hallmark who had a surplus of cards left over from Arbor Day depicting a fir tree and decided to unload them by the box by simply printing Merry Christmas across the trees in redink.

QQ: While all except poor Desmond can be held responsible, TheQuizQueen truly blames Louis!

12. Remember that fuscia sweater Aunt Edna knitted for your Christmas present last year? Don't blame Aunt Edna, she's not the one who started the Christmas gift giving tradition, so who is?

A. Those three wise men who visited the stable where Jesus was born.

B. The ancient Romans who exchanged gifts to bring good fortune for the new year.

C. Mark Antony who was always looking for new ways to please Cleopatra.

D. The ancient Greeks who sought to placate the gods on MountOlympus.

QQ: Of course, Aunt Edna is to blame for choosing that color.You can't blame the Romans for that.

About the author:You can enjoy more trivia created by Deanna Mascle at A Trivia Break, The QuizQueen, and Trivial Topics.



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