Page 18 - BWS_74_WEB
P. 18

1) Why is the 26th December known as Boxing Day?
2) The first printed reference to what Christmas feature appeared in Germany in 1531?
3) Who was a busy man who wanted to save time in his own Christmas letters, but was also interested in encouraging the expansion of the postal system and thereby printed the first Christmas card?
4) In which famous truce that lasted a few days did men exchange presents of cigarettes and plum puddings, sang carols and songs and even played a game of football?
5) Who brought the first Christmas tree to Windsor Castle for the Royal family in 1834?
6) Where do they call the poinsettia "Flower of the Holy Night" - the Holy Night being their way of saying "Christmas Eve"?
7) Which President decorated the first White House Christmas tree in 1856?
8) Which sweet shop owner was the creator of the first Christmas cracker?
9) Who are Dasher, Dancer, Prancer and Vixen?
10) What is the origin behind hanging the Christmas stocking on the hearth on Christmas Eve?
11) Which British monarch changed the customary Christmas fare of the goose into the turkey?
12) At what time on British television on Christmas Day is the Queen’s Christmas Message first broadcast?
13) In which Mediterranean country on New Year’s Eve do you collect at each party a ‘cotillon’, a kind of party bag containing sweets and whistles?
14) What is the biggest selling Christmas single of all time?
15) In which decade was the Queen’s first speech broadcast on television?
16) In which South Pacific country is your age measured not in years but by how many Christmases you've lived through?
17) What does the word ‘hederated’ mean?
18) In which country do some priests advise you to say "Happy Christmas", not "Merry Christmas", because merry has connotations of getting drunk?
19) Who was the first to add lighted candles to the Christmas tree?
20) Why was Christmas Day particularly special to WC Fields, Charlie Chaplin and Joan Miro?
21) In which country is ‘kiviak’ a gastronomical Christmas treat made from the raw flesh of an auk buried under a stone in sealskin for several months until it's achieved an advanced stage of decomposition?
22) Hanging gifts on trees is supposed to stem from what?
23) In which Mediterranean country does the 'consoada' feast take place at midnight on Christmas Eve?
24) Why at a traditional Bulgarian Christmas does the family get together around the table to sit on the floor?
25) Why is X used as an abbreviation for Christ in the word Xmas?
26) Originally a fertility rite with live animals, what Wiltshire Christmas custom later degenerated into singing in the streets and collecting money in a bowl?
27) Which Roman festival involved the practice of gift giving?
28) Which Christmas character is described as "a squeezing, wrenching,

   16   17   18   19   20