Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Christmas?: HowStuffWorks
How Much Do You Know About Christmas?
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It's the most wonderful time of the year, but how much do you know about Christmas? It's celebrated around the world, and it's rich with tradition and meaning, but in this quiz, we're going to go a step further. So, haul out the holly, we're getting our Christmas on.
What calendar traditionally helps you count down to Christmas?
The Advent calendar is the traditional way in which folks count down to Christmas, starting on the first day of December. The calendar has little windows with chocolate inside!
Where was Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer born?
Montgomery Ward department store sold coloring books with Rudolph as a main character. This was in 1939.
How long have Christmas trees been sold in the U.S.?
For over 150 years Christmas trees have been sold in America. The first tree was sold in 1850.
Why do we give presents at Christmas?
Giving gifts is to remind us of the gifts the Wise Men gave to baby Jesus. These included frankincense, gold and myrrh. No Lego.
Why do people have Midnight Mass?
Churches around the world have Midnight Mass because it's believed that was when Jesus was born. This is also when the bells are rung.
Which of these is a Christmas color?
Red, green and gold are the three traditional colors of Christmas. Each color has its own significance: red for the blood of Christ, green for rebirth and gold for the warmth of the sun.
Where did the first Christmas tree come from?
The Germans are thought to have started the Christmas tree tradition. This was back in 1531.
A monk named ______ came up with the idea of Santa Claus?
A monk named St. Nicholas came up with the idea of Santa. The monk lived in the third century, in what is now known as Turkey.
What kind of pudding is Christmas pudding?
Christmas pudding is a plum pudding. It is served in Britain at the end of Christmas dinner. It was originally made with beef or mutton!
What's the best-selling song of all time?
Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" is the best-selling single of all time. Irving Berlin wrote it, and it was first performed on radio in 1941.
In the U.K., people believed that girls could discover their _____ on Christmas Eve.
It was once believed in the U.K. that when girls baked a "dumb cake" on Christmas Eve, it would reveal the initials of their future love! Seems an odd superstition.
What's the most famous Christmas novel?
"A Christmas Carol" was written by Charles Dickens. It is performed as a stage play across the country at Christmastime.
What kind of costumes do carolers wear?
Traditional carolers wear Victorian costumes. This is because Christmas caroling was very popular in Victorian England.
When did Christmas become an official holiday in the United States?
It was on June 26th of 1870 that Christmas became an official holiday. Oklahoma was the last state to agree.
What kind of tree is the Christmas tree?
Christmas trees are evergreen trees. They take about 15 years to grow to full height!
What is a yule log?
The yule log is the large log that was burned during the 12 days of Christmas. Did it seriously burn all 12 days?
How long has the White House put up an official Christmas tree?
The White House has been putting up its Christmas tree since the Great Depression. It was the wife of President Herbert Hoover that began the tradition.
When was the first Christmas card sent?
The first Christmas card was actually sent in 1843. It was in the U.K., and the card depicted people helping the poor and enjoying Christmas dinner.
What does the X in X-mas stand for?
X actually stands for Christ! It comes from the Greek word. Some people think you should never use Xmas, from the mistaken belief that it represents secular laziness.
How many Christmas trees are sold in the U.S. each year?
There are actually 25-30 million Christmas trees sold in the U.S. each year! That means real, living trees.
Who answers the letters to Santa?
The U.S. Postal Service will send your child a letter "from Santa," postmarked from the North Pole. You must send your child's letter and your response "from Santa" to the proper address to make this happen.
What did the candy cane originally look like?
The candy cane was originally all white. It was invented in Germany in the 19th century. Those Germans do love Christmas!
Two weeks before Christmas, which of these is quite common?
The two weeks prior to Christmas is actually a popular time for breakups. I guess the holiday season puts a strain on romance.
Who was the precursor to Santa Claus?
Odin was the precursor to Santa Claus. He was known for his flying horse, but no presents! Odin was a Viking god.
Where was the first artificial Christmas tree created?
They first created a fake Christmas tree in Germany using dyed goose, turkey or ostrich feathers. Artificial trees are now quite popular.
How many rent-a-Santas are there in the United States?
There are truly about 20,000 Santa's for hire in the U.S. Have you ever seen the movie "Bad Santa"? It's a must.
What Christmas food was a status symbol in Georgian England?
Mince pie was a status symbol in Georgian England! Rich people would have their pies made in little fun shapes.
Who condemned Christmas in America?
The Puritans were not crazy about Christmas. In fact, they made it totally illegal for some time.
Christmas shopping makes up how much of U.S. retail sales?
Christmas shopping actually makes up one-sixth of retail sales. That's a lot of presents!
How many Christmas cards are sent each year in the U.S.?
In the U.S. alone, 1.3 billion Christmas cards are sent each year! Of course, with computers, that's changing.
Who created the association of Christmas and snow?
During Victorian times, they were going through a mini Ice Age! That, and the Dickens story "A Christmas Carol," led the Victorians to associate Christmas with snow.
Where is the Christmas Pickle Capital of the World?
Berrien Springs, MI, is the Christmas Pickle Capital of the World! The Christmas pickle is an ornament hung on the tree, and the first child to find it gets a present.
What do they put on their Christmas trees in Poland?
In Poland, people actually believe that spiders are a symbol of goodness. They decorate their trees with spiders and spider webs. According to legend, a spider once wove a blanket for baby Jesus.
What do the British wear at Christmas dinner?
The British actually wear crowns at Christmas dinner. These are kept in tubes called Christmas crackers.
When did December 25th become the official day of Christmas?
It was a mere 350 years after the death of Jesus that the 25th was claimed as Christmas Day. It was Pope Julius who claimed that it should be celebrated in that day.
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