Who made the Christmas trees popular?
St. Nicholas who is known in popular culture as Santa Claus
Queen Victoria of England and her German consort, Prince Albert
St. Joseph. Tradition has it that he placed the 3 gifts under a tree near the stable
Mary, quite contrary, who grew evergreen trees in her flower garden
Who was Santa Claus in real life?
A rich reindeer rancher from the 12 century Germany
A generous Italian cardinal who always wore red and white
A bishop in the 4th century who couldn’t keep things to himself
Which of these Christmas-related “facts” is false?
Ukranians have a 12-course Christmas meal and the youngest in the family tells them when to eat.
The Greeks believe that goblins cause mischief during the 12 days of Christmas
Many Finns visit the sauna on Christmas Eve and gravesites of the dearly departed
All of the above are true
How many wise men followed the star to Bethlehem?
Two wise men and one not so wise man
Three wise men
Four and a half wise men
Only Mary and Joseph know for sure
Which of the following is true about boxing day?
It was a custom in the late Roman/early Christian era
It is celebrated in many Commonwealth countries
It is a holiday on which post-men receive a Christmas-box
All of the above are true.
Is it OK to use “Xmas”?
No, because we shouldn’t take Christ out of Christmas!
Yes, because “X’ is short-form for “Christ”
Depends how you use it. You can’t say “Merry AXE-mas
Depends who reads it. You shouldn't let children read it
How did the tradition of caroling come about?
It started of as a public song and dance celebration
It started as a Mongolian shouting contest. Winner gets one pig.
In England as a singing competition between choirs. Winner gets two pigs.
It grew from the singing traditions of the middle-east which was later adopted by the west
What is a mistletoe?
It is a small bunch of traditional Christmas sprigs (plants)
It is an old traditional aphrodisiac made popular in Turkey
It is a herb-like plant used in the cooking of turkey
It is a parasitic plant that cause diarrhea
Where did the name “Jesse” tree come from?
It was an old and obscure form or pronunciation of “Jesus”
St Jessica planted a tree that never needed watering
It was the name of King David’s father
It was an old Nordic tradition of “Jåssie” or hanging wishes on a tree
Why is Christmas on the 25th of December?
Because Jesus was born on that day over 2000 years ago
It was adopted from a Jewish religious holiday
Because all the other dates were taken
No one knows for certain