Christmas Trivia Quiz II

Questions 21-30

Quiz Question #21

The fifth Sunday before Christmas has been called "Stir-up Sunday". 
On this day, it is considered lucky to:
A) "Stir up" the house by cleaning it from top to bottom
B) Have everyone in the family help to stir the Christmas pudding
C) Rouse the neighbors out for a community sing-song
D) Make a big pot of soup or stew for the poor

Quiz Question #22

The tradition of erecting a tree at Christmas is believed to have started in:
A) England
B) France
C) Germany
D) Norway

Quiz Question #23

In Britain, the Holy Days and Fasting Days Act of 1551, which has not yet been repealed,
states that every citizen must attend a Christian church service on Christmas Day, and must not:
A) Use any kind of vehicle to get to the service
B) Consume any meat that day
C) Give presents or put up decorations
D) Sing in public thoroughfares

Quiz Question #24

Some people like to hide a coin or trinket in the Christmas pudding.
This may have originated in the ancient custom, in Rome and elsewhere,
of concealing a particular object in food.  The object was:
A) A key
B) A piece of parchment with a fortune written on it
C) A ruby or sapphire
D) A dried bean

Quiz Question #25

Louis Prang, a 19th-century German immigrant to the United States,
made an important contribution to Christmas in popular culture by:
A) Printing the first special Christmas edition of a major magazine
B) Being the first to use an image of Santa Claus in an advertisement
C) Publishing the first children's book featuring Santa Claus
D) Popularizing the sending of printed Christmas cards

Quiz Question #26

In many countries, Christmas is considered a propitious time for fortune-telling.
In Switzerland, an onion and salt are traditionally used to predict:
A) Whether a girl will marry in the coming year
B) The weather for the coming year
C) The outcome of a journey
D) The state of the family's health

Quiz Question #27

An ancient religion, which has since died out,
celebrated the birth of a god on December 25th.  The god was:
A) Hermes, the messenger of the Greek gods
B) Mithras, the Persian god of war
C) Odin, the chief of the Norse gods
D) Thoth, the Egyptian god of wisdom and learning

Quiz Question #28

All through the Christmas season in old England,
lambs wool
could be found in the houses of the well-to-do.  It was:
A) Imitation snow used in decorations
B) A brew of hot ale with roast apples floating in it
C) The material used for knitting Christmas gifts
D) A fluffy confection made from almonds and sugar

Quiz Question #29

One Christmas ritual not drawn from an ancient tradition
is the British monarch's broadcast on Christmas day.
The tradition began in 1932 with a speech written by:
A) The king himself, George V
B) Children's author Enid Blyton
C) Rudyard Kipling
D) Sir Winston Churchill

Quiz Question #30

In Victorian times, most Londoners would have been familiar with the "goose club", which was:
A) A pantomime troupe specializing in slapstick
B) A stout stick used for slaughtering geese
C) A banjo-like instrument used in door-to-door caroling
D) A method of saving to buy a goose for Christmas

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