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HOLIDAY 'GOTCHAS'

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1. Which of these names does NOT belong to one of Santa's reindeer?
A) Comet
B) Prancer
C) Blitzen
D) Klaxon

2. In Tchaikovsky's ballet "The Nutcracker", who is the nutcracker's main enemy?
A) A girl called Clara
B) The King of the Mice
C) Dr. Almond
D) Drosselmeyer the Magician

3. Electric Christmas tree lights were first used in:
A) 1789
B) 1895
C) 1938
D) 1946

4. Why is the day after Christmas traditionally named "Boxing Day"?
A) The day the rich gave presents to the poor
B) The day people threw out all the Christmas boxes and packaging
C) The day on which important boxing matches were held
D) The day everyone packed away their gift boxes to re-use the next year

5. Which pie originates from medieval Christmas time?
A) Pigeon pie
B) Humble pie
C) Mince pie
D) Pumpkin pie

6. In Sweden, a common Christmas decoration is the Julbukk, a small figure of a goat. Of what material is it usually made?
A) Candy
B) Straw
C) Uranium
D) Fir wood

7. Good King Wenceslas was king of which country?
A) Sweden
B) England
C) Poland
D) Bohemia

8. America's official national Christmas tree is:
A) Displayed at the Rockefeller Center in New York
B) Erected in Washington D.C. each year
C) Located in King's Canyon National Park in California
D) A Scotch pine

9. In the Ukraine, what does it mean if you find a spider web in the house on Christmas morning?
A) Good luck
B) Misfortune will strike in the coming year
C) The winter will be unusually cold
D) Your house needs cleaning!

10. Part of the fun of eating Christmas pudding is finding a trinket that predicts your fortune for the coming year. For instance, finding a coin means you will become wealthy. What will you be if you find a button?
A) Poor
B) Famous
C) A bachelor
D) Called away on a trip

11. One of the adventures of Sherlock Holmes takes place during the Christmas season. Which of these does the tale hinge upon?
A) A burglar disguised as Father Christmas
B) A blue diamond found in a goose
C) A cat trapped in an organ pipe
D) A poisoned flask of Napoleon brandy

12. Where did the real St Nicholas live?
A) At the North Pole

B) In Turkey
C) In Holland
D) In Finland

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ANSWERS:

1. Which of these names does NOT belong to one of Santa's reindeer?
D) Klaxon:
A klaxon is actually a powerful electric horn. Its name comes from a German word meaning "shriek".

2. In Tchaikovsky's ballet "The Nutcracker", who is the nutcracker's main enemy?
B) The King of the Mice: The King of the Mice, usually represented with seven heads, leads his troops against the nutcracker's toy soldiers. He loses the battle when Clara, the heroine, stuns him with a shoe.

3. Electric Christmas tree lights were first used in:
B) 1895: The idea for using electric Christmas lights came from an American, Ralph E. Morris. The new lights proved to be much safer than the candles which had traditionally been used. Decorating Christmas trees originated in Germany, but has been hugely popular in England since 1841, when Prince Albert famously set up and adorned a tree for his wife Queen Victoria in Windsor Castle.

4. Why is the day after Christmas named Boxing Day?
B) It was the day the rich gave presents to the poor: According to British tradition, Boxing Day was the day the wealthy boxed up gifts for their servants. It was also the day in which money collected in church boxes was distributed to the poor. This practice was banned in the 14th century as being offensive, but became widespread once again in the 19th century. Today, traditionally people write their thank-you letters to those who gave them gifts.

5. Which pie originates from medieval Christmas time?
B) Humble pie: Humble or 'umble pie was made from the 'humbles' of a deer (the heart, liver, brains and other bits). Whilst the Lords and Ladies ate the choice cuts, the servants baked the 'humbles' into a pie, thus making the food go further. This is most probably the origin of the phrase, 'to eat humble pie.'

6. The Julbukk is a small figure of a goat. Of what material is it usually made?
B) Straw: Scandinavian Christmas festivities feature a variety of straw decorations in the form of stars, angels, hearts and other shapes, as well as the Julbukk.

7. Good King Wenceslas was king of which country?
D) Bohemia: 'Good King Wenceslas' is best known from the popular carol, written in 1853 by John Mason Neale. The actual historical figure, Wenceslas, was in fact the Duke of Bohemia, not the King, and lived in the tenth century. The song expresses his high moral character in describing King Wenceslas braving a fierce storm in order to help feed a poor neighbor.

8. America's official national Christmas tree is:
C) Located in King's Canyon National Park in California: The General Grant tree, the third largest tree in the world, is 267 feet tall and 107.6 feet in circumference at its base. The tree, believed to be about 3500 years old, was designated the "Nation's Christmas Tree" in 1926, and a service is held at the tree on Christmas morning every year.

9. In the Ukraine, what does it mean if you find a spider web in the house on Christmas morning?
A) Good Luck: There once lived a woman so poor, says a Ukrainian folk tale, that she could not afford Christmas decorations for her family. One Christmas morning, she awoke to find that spiders had trimmed her children's tree with their webs. When the morning sun shone on them, the webs turned to silver and gold. An artificial spider and web are often included in the decorations on Ukrainian Christmas trees.

10. What will you be if you find a button?
C) Bachelor: A ring means you will get married; while a thimble predicts spinsterhood. The idea of hiding something in the pudding comes from the tradition in the Middle Ages of hiding a bean in a cake that was served on Twelfth Night. Whoever found the bean became "king" for the rest of the night.

11. One of the adventures of Sherlock Holmes takes place during the Christmas season. Which of these does the tale hinge upon?
B) A blue diamond found in a goose: In "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle" Holmes manages to recover the jewel but, in the spirit of the Christmas season, allows the repentant thief to go free, on the condition that he leave England forever.

12. Where did the real St Nicholas live?
B) In Turkey: St Nicholas was born in 280 AD, in Patara in what is now Turkey. He was a rich and generous man, who travelled the country helping the poor with gifts of money and presents. To keep his identity secret he'd leave gifts late at night. A famous story about St Nicholas concerns a poor man who had no money for his three daughters' dowries. St Nicholas dropped bags of gold down the chimney and they landed in the stockings the girls had hung up to dry by the fire. Ever since, children have hung up stockings on Christmas Eve hoping that they will be filled with presents by Christmas morning!

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