Here comes the Christmas trivia! Some of our everyday traditions date back hundreds of years. See how many of the questions you know. The answers are below.
1. Where is the world’s largest Christmas tree and how big is it?
2. How many reindeer drive Santa’s sleigh (counting Rudolph)?
3. Which 2 reindeer were named after weather phenomena?
4. Who was the author of “A Christmas Carol?”
5. Who was the star of the movie titled “White Christmas?”
6. Which country was the first to use the tradition of Christmas trees?
7. Where did the legend of Santa Claus come from?
8. Where did the real St. Nicholas live?
9. Which country is the largest exporter of Christmas trees?
10. Which of these was not a gift given by the Wise Men to the Baby Jesus – gold, silver, myrrh or frankincense?
11. How many ghosts are there in the book or movie “A Christmas Carol?”
12. Which Christmas song holds the credit as the most-selling Christmas single of all time?
13. What are the two most popular Christmas colors after red and green?
14. “Greensleeves” is another name for what song?
15. Who tracks Santa Claus’s sleigh ride across the globe each year?
And here are the answers:
1. King’s Canyon National Park, California. Known as The General Grant Tree, special Yuletide celebrations are held under its snow-laden branches every year. Measuring 267.4 feet tall and 107.6 feet around, it is the earth’s second-largest tree. Estimated at 1,800 to 2,000 years old, the beautiful tree is the star attraction of a grove of 2,000 and 3,000-year-old sequoias.
2. Nine – Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, Rudolph
3. Donner means thunder in German, and Blitzen comes from the German word for lightning (blitz).
4. Charles Dickens
5. Bing Crosby
6. Germany The custom of the Christmas tree developed in Germany hundreds in the 1500’s. It acquired popularity beyond Germany during the second half of the 19th century.
7. During the 4th century. According to Dutch legend, Sinter Klaas (St. Nicholas) brought gifts at Christmastime, either through an open window or down a chimney. This legend is the basis of the Santa Claus we know and love today.
8. The real St. Nicholas lived in Turkey, where he served as bishop in the town of Myra.
9. Canada. Last year, the live Christmas tree industry pulled in $51.3 million.
11. Four — the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future, and the ghost of Jacob Marley.
12. White Christmas.
13. Silver and gold.
14. “What Child Is This.”
15.. The North American Aerospace Defense Command, better known as NORAD, which defends the airspace of Canada, Alaska, and the continental United States, tracks Santa Claus’s sleigh. Using data obtained from a worldwide network of radar and satellites in space, NORAD staff and more than 360 volunteers begin reporting on Santa’s progress at 5:00 a.m. MST. Real-time updates are given via e-mail, the Internet, and telecasts in French, Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese, and English.