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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

written by: Eve
Feel the spirit of the winter holiday season and learn more about traditional customs and celebrations.

Question 1:

The annual holiday activity, known as the Running of the Santas, was started in 1998 in this US city.
Boston, Massachusetts
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
San Diego, California

Question 2:

This Christmas flowering plant, named after the first US Ambassador to Mexico, is also known as Mexican flame leaf.
Christmas Cactus

Question 3:

What mountain range in North America includes a series of rounded peaks called The Christmas Mountains?
The Appalachian Mountains
The Great Smoky Mountains
The Green Mountains
The Rocky Mountains

Question 4:

In Charles Dickens' classic book "A Christmas Carol", the miser Ebenezer Scrooge was haunted by three spirits that tried to make him more caring. Name the third spirit that appeared to Scrooge after the Ghost of Christmas Past and the Ghost of Christmas Present.
The Ghost of the Forthcoming Christmas
The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Be
The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
The Ghost of the Dying Christmas

Question 5:

"War Is Over", the sub-title of the song "Happy Xmas", refers to what war?
the Vietnam War
the Cold War
the Falklands War (between Argentina and the UK)

Question 6:

On this day Western Christians commemorate the visitation of the Magi to Jesus and Eastern Christians commemorate the baptism of Jesus.
January 1
December 25
January 7
January 6

Question 7:

This famous Scottish poet reinterpreted the traditional poem "Auld Lang Syne", which was later made into a song, traditionally performed in many English-speaking countries at the start of the new year.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Walter Scott
Robert Browning
Robert Burns

Question 8:

Which of these customs is related to Hogmanay, the traditional Scottish New Year celebration?
Dropping molten lead into cold water
Eating grapes
First footing
Ball dropping

Question 9:

In this movie, one of the main characters runs through Manhattan to get to a New Year's Eve party before midnight because, "when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible".
You've Got Mail
Green Card
When Harry Met Sally

Question 10:

What is the meaning of the Latin word "ianua" from which the name of the first month of the year is derived?

Question 11:

Which country is not correctly paired with the word referring to its New Year's observance?
Israel - Rosh Hashanah
China - Yuan Tan
Austria -Silvester
Japan - Kagami mochi

Question 12:

What world famous structure was opened on 31 December 1999 to celebrate the new millennium?
The Singapore Flyer
The London Eye
The Beetham Tower
The Star of Nanchang

Question 13:

Simon and Garfunkel's rendition of this classic Christmas carol includes a news coverage of tragic events standing in contrast to the peaceful and cheerful message of the song.
Blue Christmas
Oh Christmas Tree
Silent Night
Jingle Bells

Question 14:

NORAD, that started the tradition of tracking Santa Claus on his journey around the world, is a joint organization of which countries?
Canada and the US
Canada, Mexico and US
Canada and Mexico
Mexico and the US

Question 15:

The term "Xmas" often sparked controversy during the second half of the 20th century, as it was regarded by some as an effort to "take Christ out of Christmas". What is the actual origin of this abbreviation?
"X", the symbol of the unknown, came to be associated with the miracle of Christmas.
It originated from the use of the Greek letter chi, "Χ", as an abbreviation of the name 'Christ'.
The term was coined by the CEO of a toy manufacturing company.
The "X" represents the cross on which Christ was crucified.

Question 16:

Which of these is not one of Santa Claus's original eight reindeer, mentioned in the poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas"?


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