Regular Christmas Trivia Quiz
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How to build a goat
In Sweden, a common Christmas decoration is the Julbukk, a small figurine of a goat. Of what material is it usually made?
Feeding the wren
What is the Irish custom of “feeding the wren” or “hunting the wren” on December 26?
B) Carrying a wren door to door, to collect money for charity
C) Leaving a basket of cakes at the door for passers-by
D) Putting out suet and seeds for the wild birds
The Nutcracker’s enemy
In Tchaikovsky’s ballet “The Nutcracker”, who is the nutcracker’s main enemy?
The which of endor
At lavish Christmas feasts in the Middle Ages, swans and peacocks were sometimes served “endored”. What does that mean?
B) The guests knelt in adoration as the birds were brought in
C) The birds had been raised on grain soaked in brandy
D) The flesh was painted with saffron dissolved in melted butter
All through the Christmas season in old England, “lambswool” could be found in the houses of the well-to-do. What was it?
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
Snip, snap, dragon!
The ancient game of Snapdragon has been part of English Christmases for over 300 years. What is “the dragon” in this game?
B) Flames of burning brandy
C) The oldest male in the room
D) A “snapper” made from fireplace tongs
A well-run gaggle?
In Victorian times, most Londoners would have been familiar with the “goose club”. What was it?
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
The mystery of the smoking bishop
After Scrooge has reformed his life at the end of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, he invites Bob Cratchit to join him for some “smoking bishop”. What did he mean?
B) A premium pipe tobacco
C) A hot spiced drink
D) A Christmas pudding, soaked in brandy and set alight
In Victorian London, turkeys were popular for Christmas dinners. Some of the birds were raised in Norfolk. To get them to London, the turkeys:
C) Rode in huge wagons called “turkey-vans”
D) Were supplied with boots made of sacking or leather
Cratchit if you can
Dozens of film versions of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol have been made over the years, but which of the following has NOT yet been made?
B) Popeye’s Christmas Carol
C) Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol
D) Mickey’s Christmas Carol
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