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Questions I

  1. Celebrated by Roman Catholics between Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in Poland, what exactly is 'pasterka'?
  2. What item, sometimes hung on Christmas trees, is said to represent a christian bishop's crosier?




  3. When is 'Saint Nicholas' Day'?
  4. Traditionally, if a child behaves badly during the year, what might they receive in their stocking?
  5. Which complex of 19 commercial buildings in Midtown Manhattan, USA, is famed for it's annual Christmas tree?
  6. 'Ilex aquifolium' is a species of what?
  7. Which Christmas carol was originally written in Latin as Adeste Fideles?
  8. What did the Grinch want to steal in the 2000 American comedy film directed by Ron Howard?
  9. 'And soon, Miss Fanny Bright Was seated by my side' are two lines from which well known festive song?
  10. In which Christmas film does Buddy accidentally learn that he is human?
  11. Which word beginning with 'w' is a tradition where groups of people go from door-to-door singing Christmas carols?
  12. The movie White Christmas was set in which American state?




  13. 'I saw three ship come sailing in' is the first line of the carol I Saw Three Ships, what is the second line?
  14. Feast of the Holy Innocents, celebrated on December 28, commemorates which king's attempt to kill the infant Jesus?
  15. Which gift from the Magi was commonly used as an anointing oil?
  16. 'We three kings of Orient are; Bearing gifts we traverse afar'; what's the next six word line of this famous carol written by John Henry Hopkins in 1857?

Answers

  1. Midnight mass
  2. Candy cane or peppermint stick
  3. December 6th
  4. A piece of coal
  5. The Rockefeller Center
  6. Holly
  7. O Come, All Ye Faithful
  8. Christmas
  9. Jingle Bells
  10. Elf
  11. Wasaailing
  12. Vermont (Pine Tree, Vermont)
  13. On Christmas day on Christmas day
  14. King Herod
  15. Myrrh
  16. Field and fountain, moor and mountain (the carol is We Three Kings)






Questions II

  1. Which angel foretold the birth of Jesus to the Virgin Mary?
  2. Which comedy's 1997 Christmas Special was entitled Endgame - it involves 2 couples going on holiday together, a haunted caravan, and the accidental kidnap of the Indian mother of a millionaire?
  3. What breed of dog is Santa's Little Helper in The Simpsons?
  4. Former choirboy Peter Auty is famous for singing which song?
  5. Which 1988 American Christmas comedy film has the tagline: 'Bill Murray is back among the ghosts, only this time, it's three against one'?
  6. Which item associated with Christmas was invented in Nuremberg, Germany, in 1610?
  7. If New Year's Day is the first day of the year, what number is Christmas Day?
  8. Which singer-songwriter born on Christmas Day 1957 sung one of the most-popular Christmas song of the 21st century?
  9. Which Christmas carol tells the story of a Czech king on a journey to give alms to the poor?
  10. Lloyd Christmas is a character in which film?
  11. In which decade of the 1800s was Charles Dicken's book A Christmas Carol first published?
  12. Pai Natal is Sanata Claus in which country?
  13. Panettone, a type of sweet bread loaf, is traditionally eaten in which country at Christmas?
  14. Which poem by Clement Clarke Moore helped to create the modern image of Santa Claus?
  15. Who had a big hit single in 1975 with 'I Believe in Father Christmas'?
  16. According to Guinness World Records which Bing Crosby hit is the third best-selling single worldwide of all-time?
  17. In 1987, who recorded a cover of the Christmas song 'Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree' with Kim Wilde for Comic Relief?
  18. What name are reindeers better known by in North America?
  19. Which male English actor, the most popular English entertainer of the Regency era, took many of the early Drury Lane female pantomime roles??
  20. In which film does James Bond pose as Russian nuclear scientist whem meeting American nuclear physicist Doctor Christmas Jones?

Answers

  1. Gabriel
  2. One Foot in the Grave
  3. Greyhound
  4. Walking in the Air (the theme song to the 1982 animated film The Snowman)
  5. Scrooged
  6. Tinsel
  7. 359th
  8. Shane MacGowan
  9. Good King Wenceslas
  10. Dumb and Dumber
  11. 1840s (1843)
  12. Portugal
  13. Italy
  14. A Visit from St. Nicholas
  15. Greg Lake
  16. Silent Night
  17. Mel Smith
  18. Caribou
  19. Joseph Grimaldi
  20. The World Is Not Enough