quizballs 48 - christmas quiz - questions & answers
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Question 27 - the typo in the answer's supporting detail was corrected to show 1823, not 1923, being the year that the poem 'Twas the night Before Christmas was first published - thanks D Froats - 15 Dec 2008. Question 22 was changed (In which body of water is Christmas Island?) because there is more than one island of this name - thanks W Armstrong - 19 Dec 2008. Question 16 and the supporting information for the answer was clarified to refer to England rather than Britain because Scotland had adopted the Gregorian calendar somewhat earlier, in 1600 - thanks J McRae - 15 Dec 2009.
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quizballs 48 - free christmas quiz - questions and answers for trivia quizzes and pub quizzes
- Who was the first British monarch to broadcast a Christmas message to the nation? George the Fifth (in 1932)
- Child star Jimmy Boyd sang which hugely popular 1950's Christmas song, which was initially banned by the Catholic Church in Boston because it supposedly mixed sex and Christmas? I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus
- Who banned Christmas in England between 1647 and 1660? Oliver Cromwell
- On which date is Epiphany celebrated in the traditional Western calendar? 6th January
- Who are the four ghosts in Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol? Christmas Past, Christmas Present, Christmas Yet to Come, and Jacob Marley (one point for each correctly named ghost, and a bonus point for all four)
- What liqueur goes into making a 'snowball' cocktail? Advocaat (or advokatt, pronounced 'advocar' - normally a blend of brandy, egg yolks, vanilla and sometimes other ingredients - award yourself a bonus point if you dare order one next time you go to the bar.)
- What is the English title of the carol written in 1818 by Austrian priest Josef Mohr originally called Stille Nacht? Silent Night
- The Nordic countries (Denmark, Sweden, Norway notably) tend to celebrate Christmas chiefly on which date? 24th December
- Which US state in 1907 was the last to declare Christmas a legal holiday? Oklahoma
- Presepe in Italy refers to what Christmas tradition? Nativity scene (literally meaning crib)
- Christmas Crackers is cockney rhyming slang for which part of the male anatomy? Testicles (see knacker origins - related to the very old word for a horse slaughterer.)
- What is the popular name for little baked sausages wrapped in rashers of streaky bacon? Pigs in blankets
- Which of the Wise Men was said to have brought the gift of gold for the baby Jesus? Melchior
- The 1954 movie White Christmas was the first to be made using what new Paramount film format? VistaVision
- Which river did George Washington cross on Christmas night in 1776 in the American Revolutionary War? Delaware
- What changed in 1752 which caused England to have a White Christmas less frequently thereafter? The calendar (the English adoption of the Gregorian calendar, replacing the Julian calendar, shifted Christmas day back 12 days - and all the other days too of course - 11 days were skipped in 1752 and a further day in 1800.)
- Traditional in Germany at Christmas, what sort of food is stollen? Cake
- According to the UK National Meteorological Office what year (prior to 2007) was the last White Christmas in Britain? 2004
- The Christmas period of 1813-14 saw the last what in London? Christmas Fair on a frozen River Thames (known as a Frost Fair)
- How many gifts are given in total in the song The Twelve Days of Christmas? 364
- The words "Myrrh is mine, its bitter perfume breathes of life, of gathering gloom..." come from which Christmas carol? We Three Kings of Orient Are (composed by Rev John Henry Hopkins, 1857)
- Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean is a territory of which country? Australia
- Which diarist noted on 25th December 1662, "(Christmas Day). Had a pleasant walk to White Hall, where I intended to have received the communion with the family, but I have come too late..." Samuel Pepys (pronounced 'peeps')
- The USA's official National Christmas Tree is in which National Park? King's Canyon National Park, California (a giant sequoia called The General Grant)
- John Callcott Horsley designed what first commercial Christmas item in 1843? Christmas card
- In Victorian England what people were popularly called robins because of their red uniforms? Postmen
- Which popular poem was alternatively known as A Visit from St Nicholas? 'Twas The Night before Christmas ('Twas the night Before Christmas' is also the first line. The poem was first published anonymously in 1823 and is commonly attributed to Clement Clarke Moore, although some believe Henry Livingston was the true author. This different to the song Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Rudolph was created in 1939 by copywriter Robert May for the Montgomery Ward department store chain in a free Christmas promotional story. This extended the 1823 poem and was later still developed into the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer song.)
- Which token vegetable is often included in the ingredients of a Christmas pudding? Carrot (vegetables were in earlier times used in making Christmas puddings)
- What animal is Snowball in George Orwell's book Animal Farm? A pig
- Yorkshireman William Strickland is believed to have brought the first what to Britain from North America in 1526? Turkey
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