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Merry Quizmas!

December 18th, 2004 (08:15 pm)

So, you think you know your Christmas trivia, huh? Try these...

1 - Why did Mary and Joseph travel to Bethlehem?
a) To find a mid-wife
b) To avoid eviction from their home
c) To register for a tax demand

2 - Where was the original Father Christmas from?
a) Nowhere - he was a mythical figure
b) The area that is present day Turkey
c) Lapland

3 - Which ghost was based on Father Christmas in Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol?
a) Ghost of Christmas past
b) Ghost of Christmas present
c) Ghost of Christmas future

4 - Which country gives Britain the Christmas tree which stands in Trafalgar Square each year?
a) Canada
b) Germany
c) Norway

5 - How did December 26th get its Boxing Day nickname?
a) It was a traditional date for heavyweight bouts across Britain in the 18th Century
b) It was the day when tradesmen were traditionally given a box of goodies by customers
c) It was the date when Christmas visitors traditionally packed up their luggage before returning home.

6 - Who is credited with introducing the Christmas tree to Britain?
a) King Henry VIII
b) Prince Albert
c) Sir Francis Drake

7 - On which of these dates did England NOT celebrate Christmas?
a) 1286
b) 1649
c) 1789

8 - Why did Temperance societies call for the first British Christmas cards to be banned?
a) Over fears that nativity scenes showing Jesus were blasphemous.
b) Because cards showed revelers drinking alcohol.
c) Because scenes of romance such as men kissing women were thought to be unsuitable.

9 - Which gospel in the bible gives the traditional account of Jesus's birth?
a) Luke
b) Mark
c) John

10 - What decoration did Brits normally put on the top of the Christmas trees during the early 1900's?
a) A Union flag
b) A sprig of holly
c) A paper dove

Tougher than you thought, huh? Answers tomorrow. :)

Comments

Posted by: Spectacularly Adequate Empress (empressvesica)
Posted at: December 18th, 2004 12:40 pm (UTC)

Hmm...

1) C - though what is a tax demand?
2) Not a clue but I'll go with C
3) C
4) And I would know this how?
5) B
6) ??
7) ??
8) ??
9) A
10)? But I like C

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: December 18th, 2004 01:04 pm (UTC)
Gospel Booster [jennymalfoy]

Well, three out of ten, and a tax demand would be the money that the government drags out of your pockets every year.

And I so totally expect one of the people on my flist to know question 4.

Posted by: Sharlene (mynuet)
Posted at: December 18th, 2004 01:15 pm (UTC)

1- c
2- c
3- b
4- a
5- b
6- b
7- b
8- b
9- b
10- b

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: December 18th, 2004 01:44 pm (UTC)
Xander penis [Lil Amy]

Not bad : six out of ten!

Posted by: Sharlene (mynuet)
Posted at: December 18th, 2004 01:46 pm (UTC)

And now I'm looking it up to see which ones I got wrong.

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: December 18th, 2004 01:48 pm (UTC)

Got to admit I would only have got eight out of ten first time myself - and I live here!

Posted by: Sharlene (mynuet)
Posted at: December 18th, 2004 01:52 pm (UTC)

So far I got the gospel one wrong (although we read Mark last year for Christmas Bible study), and where the Trafalgar tree comes from. I'm leaning towards ten as another one wrong, but I know I got 1, 6, 7, and 8 right, and I'm pretty sure about 3 and 5.

Posted by: Tara (elementalv)
Posted at: December 18th, 2004 01:26 pm (UTC)

1 - Why did Mary and Joseph travel to Bethlehem?
c) To register for a tax demand

2 - Where was the original Father Christmas from?
c) Lapland

3 - Which ghost was based on Father Christmas in Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol?
b) Ghost of Christmas present

4 - Which country gives Britain the Christmas tree which stands in Trafalgar Square each year?
c) Norway

5 - How did December 26th get its Boxing Day nickname?
b) It was the day when tradesmen were traditionally given a box of goodies by customers

6 - Who is credited with introducing the Christmas tree to Britain?
b) Prince Albert

7 - On which of these dates did England NOT celebrate Christmas?
a) 1286

8 - Why did Temperance societies call for the first British Christmas cards to be banned?
a) Over fears that nativity scenes showing Jesus were blasphemous.

9 - Which gospel in the bible gives the traditional account of Jesus's birth?
a) Luke

10 - What decoration did Brits normally put on the top of the Christmas trees during the early 1900's?
b) A sprig of holly

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: December 18th, 2004 01:45 pm (UTC)
Faith knife

Six out of ten - not bad.

Posted by: Tara (elementalv)
Posted at: December 18th, 2004 01:49 pm (UTC)

Considering how Anglo-centric some of the questions are, I'd say I did pretty damn well.

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: December 18th, 2004 02:00 pm (UTC)
Giles resolve face [extraflamey]

I bet Giles would know all of them....

:P

Posted by: Anne (norwegianne)
Posted at: December 18th, 2004 01:30 pm (UTC)

1. c
2. b
3. c
4. c
5. b
6. b
7. a
8. a
9. b
10. b


The only one I'm really sure of is #4. On the other hand, I know the background of that one.

Basically because British Christmas traditions... not really the one I'm into.

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: December 18th, 2004 01:46 pm (UTC)
Dawn - nice girl [jennymalfoy]

You should indeed know number 4 - when I was writing the quiz out, I thought of you at that point. :D

Five out of ten!

Posted by: Anne (norwegianne)
Posted at: December 18th, 2004 01:52 pm (UTC)

You should indeed know number 4 - when I was writing the quiz out, I thought of you at that point. :D


Ah, feels special now :D

Posted by: idylll (idylll)
Posted at: December 18th, 2004 02:27 pm (UTC)

1 - c)
2 - b)
3 - a)
4 - c)
5 - a)
6 - c)
7 - a)
8 - a)
9 - b)
10 - b)

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: December 18th, 2004 02:53 pm (UTC)
Dawn - nice girl [jennymalfoy]

Three out of ten, I'm afraid. Thanks for playing!

Posted by: idylll (idylll)
Posted at: December 18th, 2004 03:06 pm (UTC)

Boy do I suck! ^__^ Meh, blame my asian/american heritage...

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: December 18th, 2004 03:08 pm (UTC)
What the Bork? [jennymalfoy]

*shakes fist at heritage*

KHAAANNNNNNN!!!!!!!!

Posted by: idylll (idylll)
Posted at: December 18th, 2004 03:10 pm (UTC)

heheh...

Posted by: Speaker-to-Customers (speakr2customrs)
Posted at: December 18th, 2004 02:42 pm (UTC)

1: C. 2: b. 3: c. 4: c. 5: b. 6: b. 7: b. 8: b. 9: a. 10: a (this one is a guess).

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: December 18th, 2004 02:51 pm (UTC)
Sam squee

Nine! You've very very good (and living in the UK :D )

Posted by: Speaker-to-Customers (speakr2customrs)
Posted at: December 18th, 2004 02:54 pm (UTC)

Strictly speaking I don't live in the UK, although I can see the UK from my office window on a clear day.

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: December 18th, 2004 03:09 pm (UTC)
Dawn - nice girl [jennymalfoy]

Picky, picky.... hee hee.

*waves at you from UK*

Posted by: Gilathief (gilathief)
Posted at: December 18th, 2004 03:13 pm (UTC)

All guesses...

1 - Why did Mary and Joseph travel to Bethlehem?

b) To avoid eviction from their home


2 - Where was the original Father Christmas from?

c) Lapland


3 - Which ghost was based on Father Christmas in Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol?

a) Ghost of Christmas past


4 - Which country gives Britain the Christmas tree which stands in Trafalgar Square each year?

b) Germany


5 - How did December 26th get its Boxing Day nickname?

c) It was the date when Christmas visitors traditionally packed up their luggage before returning home.


6 - Who is credited with introducing the Christmas tree to Britain?

c) Sir Francis Drake


7 - On which of these dates did England NOT celebrate Christmas?

b) 1649


8 - Why did Temperance societies call for the first British Christmas cards to be banned?

b) Because cards showed revelers drinking alcohol.


9 - Which gospel in the bible gives the traditional account of Jesus's birth?

b) Mark


10 - What decoration did Brits normally put on the top of the Christmas trees during the early 1900's?

c) A paper dove

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: December 18th, 2004 03:27 pm (UTC)
Gospel Booster [jennymalfoy]

Two out of ten, I'm afraid. I think you might want a new magic eight-ball for christmas. ;)

*huggles* Thanks for playing!

Posted by: Gilathief (gilathief)
Posted at: December 18th, 2004 07:30 pm (UTC)

well I only celebrate Christmas secularly and I have never set foot on ENglish Soil (though I would like to) and none of my family tradition involve much of it because my family is preodminantly Mexican, Native American, and Dutch...

*shrugs*

Posted by: Akadougal (akadougal)
Posted at: December 19th, 2004 04:19 am (UTC)

I'm in the UK and I didn't know some of these. Although I get let off for being Scottish.

1 - Why did Mary and Joseph travel to Bethlehem?
c) To register for a tax demand

2 - Where was the original Father Christmas from?
b) The area that is present day Turkey

3 - Which ghost was based on Father Christmas in Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol?
b) Ghost of Christmas present

4 - Which country gives Britain the Christmas tree which stands in Trafalgar Square each year?
c) Norway

5 - How did December 26th get its Boxing Day nickname?
a) It was a traditional date for heavyweight bouts across Britain in the 18th Century

6 - Who is credited with introducing the Christmas tree to Britain?
b) Prince Albert

7 - On which of these dates did England NOT celebrate Christmas?
b) 1649

8 - Why did Temperance societies call for the first British Christmas cards to be banned?
b) Because cards showed revelers drinking alcohol.

9 - Which gospel in the bible gives the traditional account of Jesus's birth?
b) Mark

10 - What decoration did Brits normally put on the top of the Christmas trees during the early 1900's?
c) A paper dove

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: December 19th, 2004 08:07 am (UTC)
Buffyverse1000 Girls [by sadbhyl]

Seven out of ten! Not bad at all, especially for a Scot. :P

Answers going up in a minute.

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