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Wrap up this trivia quiz about Christmas traditions and Christmas facts! -BubblyJolie
December 29, 2007
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1. In Greek legend, malicious creatures called Kallikantzaroi sometimes play troublesome pranks at Christmas time. What should you do to get rid of them?
A. Placate them with gifts of rice pudding
B. Burn either salt or an old shoe
C. Sing hymns in a loud voice
D. Throw your sandals at them
2. The jólasveinar, or "yule lads", are a traditional part of an Icelandic Christmas. What are they?
A. A band of thirteen gift-giving goblins
B. in charge of Santa’s reindeer
D. The best male singers from each village
3. George Frederick Handel's great Christmas oratorio, "The Messiah," was first performed in 1742. Where did the performance take place?
4. The first commercial Christmas card had a hostile reception from some people. Why?
A. It depicted a family, children as well as adults, drinking wine
B. a mass-produced card was felt to violate the Christmas spirit
C. the ivy leaves bordering the design were once a pagan symbol
D. the card’s popularity raised fears of a paper shortage
5. The poinsettia is a traditional Christmas flower. Where did it originally grow?
6. Some people like to hide a coin or trinket in their Christmas pudding. This may have originated in an ancient custom, in Rome and elsewhere, of concealing a particular object in food. What was it?
A. a key
B. a dried bean
C. a piece of parchment with a fortune written on it
D. a ruby or sapphire
7. What important contribution to American Christmas customs was made by Louis Prang, who came to the USA from Germany in the 19th century?
A. popularizing the sending of printed Christmas cards
B. being first to use an image of Santa Claus in an advertisement
C. publishing the first children’s book featuring Santa Claus
D. printing the first special Christmas edition of a major magazine
8. One fairly modern Christmas ritual is the British monarch's broadcast to the people on Christmas day. The first was given by George V in 1932. Who wrote the king's speech?
A. children’s author Enid Blyton
B. Sir Winston Churchill
C. Rudyard Kipling
D. the king himself
9. The "Urn of Fate" is part of the Christmas celebrations in many Italian households. What is it?
A. a jar full of fortunes
B. an actual urn containing presents
C. a game in which players toss coins into a cup
D. a special decoration that recalls the fragility of life
10. In Lithuania, if Kaledu Senelis, or Grandfather Christmas, appears to the children on Christmas Eve to hand out presents, the recipient must:
A. kneel to receive the gift
B. perform a song or poem before receiving the gift
C. find the gift while blindfolded
D. guess what the gift is, or pay a forfeit
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