1. Where is Christmas Island?
2. Where and when was the original Santa Claus born?
3. Good King Wenceslas is a very well-known English carol. Which country is St Wenceslas the patron saint of?
4. Who said “Is it good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas when its mighty Founder was a child Himself“?
5. Who wrote a play called Twelfth Night?
6. What Christmas symbol is Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria, said to have introduced into Britain from Germany in 1848?
7. Who said that Christmas “is forced upon a reluctant and disgusted nation by shopkeepers and the press?”
8. Who banned Christmas in England and when?
9. What is the connection between Freya, the Norse goddess of spring, with Christmas tree candles (our modern flashing fairy lights)?
10. Has the Coca Cola company influenced our perception of Christmas?
Answers: 1. In the middle of the Pacific Ocean, 1,400 miles south of Honolulu. It was named by Captain Cook who landed there on Christmas Eve in 1777 to kill some turtles. 2. In Patara, Lycia (Asia Minor) around 270 A.D. 3. The Czech Republic; his nameday is celebrated on September 28. 4. Charles Dickens. 5. Shakespeare. 6. The Christmas Tree. Interestingly, they first appeared in the USA in around 1776. 7. George Bernard Shaw 8. The Puritans, in the 1600s. 9. The Norse people would set a tree on fire as a signal of welcome to Freya, the goddess of spring, when celebrating the winter solstice (and also a sign that the darkness would decrease from then on). 10. Yes. Coca Cola grabbed Santa Claus for an ad in 1931. Their artist (Haddon Sundbloom) re-worked the image of Santa into the chubby, twinkling eyes figure we know today.
Compiled by Julia Tanner – Bogia