Ashland Living - Daily Independent Winter 2018 - Page 16

Christmas Trivia 1. What Christian group banned Christmas in Boston from 1659 to 1681? 2. Before becoming tied up with Christma, what was Yule? 3. The French word “Noel” is often used around Christmas, but what was its original meaning in Latin? 4. What Roman holiday held from December 17th to the 23rd had a large influence on how Christmas was celebrated? 5. Among Christians who lived in the East, when was Christmas originally celebrated? In the 1940’s Coca-Cola introduced an elf character named “Sprite.” It wasn’t until the 1960’s that Coca-Cola released the soft drink Sprite. 6. In what century was the first written use of Xmas? 7. The modern Santa Claus is mainly a mix of what two figures? 8. What political cartoonist is largely responsible for defining what the modern Santa Claus looks like? 9. What was the poem “Twas the Night Before Christmas” originally titled? 10. In what decade did Coca-Cola start using Santa Claus in advertisements? 11. What entrepreneur was the first person to dress up as Santa in his department store and started the tradition of department store/mall Santas? 12. When did NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command, formerly CONAD) start tracking Santa on Christmas Eve? 13. In what country did Silent Night originate? 14. What jaunty Christmas carol written in 1739 was supposed to be accompanied by slow and somber music? 15. What was the original title for the popular Christmas song “Silver Bells,” written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans? 16. In what country did the custom of putting up a Christmas tree originate? 17. What animal parts were the first artificial Christmas trees made from? 18. What was the first year that the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree was put up? 19. What plant based Christmas tradition did servants in Victorian England popularize? 20. Who created the first electric light Christmas display? 16 | WINTER 2018 | ASHLAND LIVING