Christmas quiz

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1. What fact about the Christmas tree is NOT true?

A. Artificial Christmas trees have sold more than real ones every year since 1991.

B. Nova Scotia is the world leader in the export of 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 sacred feast because its shape indicates the way to paradise.

D. The Christmas tree was chosen to represent this sacred feast because its shape indicates the way to paradise.

QQ: OK, so maybe that’s true, but the QuizQueen can’t prove this fact, as reasonable as it might sound, as it wasn’t in any of the posts she checked out for this quiz.

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

A. Jingle Bells

It came at midnight clear

C. I saw mom kissing Santa Claus

D. Far in the crib

A. Jingle Bells

QQ: The song was composed in 1857 by James Pierpont and was originally called One Horse Open Sleigh. When you think about it, words make a lot more sense this way …

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

A. 1865

B. 1895

Around 1905

D. 1932

B. 1895

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

4. Good King Wenceslas was the king of which country?

A. Bohemia

B. England

C. Germany

D. Morocco

A. Bohemia.

QQ: Who knows why these Bohemians always have such a bad reputation? Although the story goes that Wenceslas, who lived in the 10th century, was just a duke, not a king at all.

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 this girl?

A. Mary

B. Charlotte

C. Vidalia

D. Virginie

D. Virginie

QQ: Virginia O’Hanlon to be exact! Shame on you, if you missed it.

6. Can you name Scrooge’s deceased business partner in Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”?

A. Jacob Marley

B. Tiny Tim

C. Bob Cratchett

D. Old William

A. Jacob Marley

QQ: The first of the Four Spirits to appear to Scrooge this fateful Christmas Eve was that of Jacob Marley, his former business partner.

7. One of the pagan traditions that Christians have incorporated into their Christmas celebration includes hanging mistletoe. Which of these is NOT an ancient pagan belief?

A. Ancient Europeans believed that the mistletoe plant had magical powers to give life and fertility as well as to protect against disease.

B. Frenchwomen slipped mistletoe branches under their pillows to dream of their future husbands.

C. The Celts believed that mistletoe brought peace and goodwill.

D. Northern Europeans associated mistletoe with the Norse goddess of love, Freya, and developed the custom of kissing under mistletoe branches.

B. Frenchwomen slipped mistletoe branches under their pillows to dream of their future husbands.

QQ: It was difficult, wasn’t it? The QuizQueen is so smart …

8. Although today the Christmas tree is an enduring symbol of the season, it was not always a holiday tradition. Which historical fact is NOT true?

A. According to legend, Martin Luther, the founder of German Protestantism, while walking through the forest on Christmas Eve was so moved by the starlit fir trees that he brought one inside and the decorated with candles to remind her children of God’s creation.

B. In 1841, Prince Albert of Germany gave his wife, Queen Victoria of England, a Christmas tree. It was reputed to be the first Christmas tree in England, but the custom quickly spread.

C. German immigrants brought the Christmas tree to Europe, the United States and Canada, where it quickly became a popular tradition.

D. On a bet, 11-year-old PT Barnum began peddling trees in Connecticut in 1821, telling his brands they were all the rage. Soon the fashion spread across the country and it became a tradition, thus establishing his maxim “There is a sucker born every minute”.

D. On a bet, 11-year-old PT Barnum began peddling trees in Connecticut in 1821, telling his brands they were all the rage. Soon the fashion spread across the country and it became a tradition, thus establishing his maxim “There is a sucker born every minute”.

QQ: Good old PT Barnum tried to sell just about everything, and may have actually sold Christmas trees, but I doubt he sold them at that age!

9. Many people are familiar with the term “the twelve days of Christmas”, but not everyone knows where it came from. Can you choose the right explanation?

A. The twelve days of Christmas represent the number of days that Joseph and Mary traveled to Bethlehem.

B. The twelve days of Christmas represent the time that the three wise men of the East traveled to reach the Child Jesus after his birth.

C. The twelve days of Christmas represent the number of reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh.

D. The Twelve Days of Christmas is the time needed to celebrate the birthday of Good King Wenceslas.

B. The twelve days of Christmas represent the time that the three wise men of the East traveled to reach the Child 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 would ask for it on Christmas. Let’s see if you can guess …

A. Wassail comes from Old Norse “Ves Heill” and means “to be healthy”, so when the neighbors visited on Christmas Eve, they drank for each other’s health.

B. Wassail comes from the Old German “Ves Heill” and means “to avoid Hell”, so loved ones would share this sentiment with each other on Christmas Eve in preparation for the birth of Christ.

C. Wassail comes from the old Celtic “Ves Heill” and means “to drink” is therefore naturally associated with all festive occasions.

D. Wassail comes from the Old English “Ves Heill” and means drink of the angels and eventually became associated with Christmas.

A. Wassail comes from Old Norse “Ves Heill” and means “to be healthy”, so when the neighbors visited on Christmas Eve, they drank for each other’s health.

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

11. Everyone likes to receive them, but dreads performing the annual holiday ritual of sending Christmas cards. So who should we NOT thank / blame?

A. Medieval Europeans who traded woodcuts of religious themes for Christmas.

B. English illustrator John Calcott Horsley who created the first modern Christmas card in 1843 which featured a family celebration with the caption “A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you”.

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

D. Desmond Hallmark who had a surplus of Christmas Tree Tree Day cards and decided to unload them by the box by simply printing Merry Christmas through the trees in red ink.

D. Desmond Hallmark who had a surplus of Christmas Tree Tree Day cards and decided to unload them by the box by simply printing Merry Christmas through the trees in red ink.

QQ: While everyone but poor Desmond can be held responsible, The QuizQueen really blames Louis!

12. Do you remember the fuscia Aunt Edna knitted sweater for your Christmas present last year? Don’t blame Aunt Edna, she wasn’t the one who started the tradition of Christmas presents, so who is it?

A. These 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 appease the gods on Mount Olympus.

B. The ancient Romans who exchanged gifts to bring good fortune for the New Year.

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

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