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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
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Minneapolis, Minnesota
San Diego, California

Question 2:


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

Question 3:


What mountain range in North America includes a series of rounded peaks called The Christmas Mountains?
The Green Mountains
The Appalachian Mountains
The Rocky Mountains
The Great Smoky 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 the Dying Christmas
The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Be

Question 5:


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

Question 6:


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

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.
Robert Browning
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Robert Burns
Walter Scott

Question 8:


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

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
Serendipity
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?
change
beginning
new
door

Question 11:


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

Question 12:


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

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?
Mexico and the US
Canada and Mexico
Canada, Mexico and US
Canada 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?
The "X" represents the cross on which Christ was crucified.
"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.

Question 16:


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

 


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