Christmas Quiz 2014

The Jubilee Committee are “running” a Christmas Quiz to raise funds for St Mary’s.








Ian & Liz Brocklehurst


The answers to the quiz were:

  Question Answer
1. What is the name of the little boy in the story ‘The Snowman’? James
2. From what town had Mary and Joseph come before arriving in the town of Bethlehem? Nazareth
3. Ilex is the scientific genus of which type of Christmas foliage? Holly
4. Good King Wenceslas looked out on the Feast of Stephen.  When is it? Boxing Day, 26 December
5. Santa Claus has eight reindeer – name them. Dasher, Dancer, Donner, Blitzen, Comet, Cupid, Prancer and Vixen
6. Why is the robin particularly associated with Christmas? Legend has it that at the Crucifixion, the robin pecked at Christ’s crown of thorns, causing a crop of blood to fall.  This stained the bird’s breast crimson
7. Which bird feeds on a sacred parasite? The Mistle Thrust
8. Which of the Three Kings/Wise Men brought gold to the baby Jesus? Melchoir
9. What did America give us for Christmas? Turkey
10. Where should you stand to wait for a buss? Under the mistletoe. 16 century word for kiss.
11. Song – Far back in a hay bin Away in a Manger
12. Song – Sir Lancelot with laryngitis Silent Night
13. Flower – Cathedral Singer Canterbury Bell
 14. Which bird is traditionally eaten in Eastern Europe on Christmas Day? Goose
15. The apartment of two psychiatrists The Nutcracker Suite
16. Japanese Christmas cakes are made from what type of filling? Sponge / Strawberries / Raspberries
 17. Song – 288 Yuletide hours 12 Days of Christmas
18. Who discovered Christmas Island? Captain Cook or
Captain William Mynors in 1643
19. In Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone, what Christmas present does Harry receive in his first semester at Hogwarts.? An invisibility cloak
20. Which alcoholic ingredient is used in a Snowball cocktail? Advocat
21. In what decade was the first Christmas card sent in the UK? 1840s
22. In what country did Christmas trees originate from? Germany
23. What animal is Snowball in George Orwell’s Animal Farm? Pig
24. ‘Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents’ is the opening line from which classic novel? Little Women
25. The poinsettia plant originates from which country? Mexico
26. Which record was a Christmas number one in 1975 and 1991? Bohemian Rhapsody
27. In panto, who is Princess Marcella? Sleeping Beauty
28. Who composed ‘Auld Lang Syne’? Robert Burns
29. ‘I’m dreaming of a White Christmas’ ..with what? Every Christmas card I write
30. Which Christmas condiment is made from fruit sometimes referred to as Marshworts? Cranberry Sauce
31. The red and white costume of Father Christmas was allegedly first introduced by which drinks company? Coco Cola
32. What Christmas item was invented by a London baker and wedding cake specialist? Christmas Crackers
33. The Christmas period of 1813/14 saw the last what in London? Christmas Fair on frozen River Thames
34. In Victorian England, what people were popularly called Robins because of their red uniforms? Postmen
35. Which token vegetable is often included in the ingredients of a Christmas pudding? Carrots
36. What is greater than God, more evil than the devil, the rich need it, and if you eat it, you will die? Nothing
37. What grows down, while it grows up? A Goose
38. What do you throw out when you want to use it, but take in when you don’t want to use it? An Anchor
39. The more you take, the more you leave behind. What are they? Footsteps
40. In which country does Santa have his own postcode HOHOHO? Canada
41. In which country is it considered inappropriate to send red Christmas cards? Japan
42. White Christmas –  a cake made of coconut, crisped rice, and dried fruit  – is popular in which country? Australia
43. Pine needles are said to be a good source of which vitamin? Vitamin C
44. What Christmas item takes its name from the old French word Estincelle, meaning spark? Tinsel
45. Before the tradition of hanging stockings up at Christmas, what did Dutch children hang up by the fireside? Shoes
 46. In which country is it a tradition to hide all brooms in the house on Christmas Eve? Norway
47. The ‘Messiah’ is a traditional song for Christmas. Who wrote it? George Frideric Handel in 1741
48. Which country presents the annual gift of a Christmas Tree which stands in Trafalgar Square? Norway
49. What was the last state in the United States that declared Christmas a legal holiday? Oklahoma in 1890
50. Two of the reindeers are named after weather phenomenon.  Name the reindeer. Donner means thunder
Blitzen means lightening