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Imp repulsion

In Greek legend, malicious creatures called Kallikantzaroi sometimes play troublesome pranks at Christmas time. What should you do to get rid of them?

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The merry lads of Yule

The j├│lasveinar, or “yule lads”, are a traditional part of an Icelandic Christmas. What are they?

Opening night

George Frederick Handel’s great Christmas oratorio, The Messiah, was first performed in 1742. Where did the performance take place?

Greetings and grumbles

The first commercial Christmas card is generally agreed to have been the one shown at the top of this page. The card had a hostile reception from some people. Why?

Whence the poinsettia?

The poinsettia is a traditional Christmas flower. Where did it originally grow?

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What’s in Caesar’s salad?

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. What was it?

Christmas message, by George

One fairly modern Christmas ritual is the British monarch’s broadcast to the people on Christmas day. The first was given by George V in 1932. Who wrote the king’s speech?

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Urning your keep

The “Urn of Fate” is part of the Christmas celebrations in many Italian households. What is it?

Grandfather clause

In Lithuania, if Kaledu Senelis, or Grandfather Christmas, appears to the children on Christmas Eve to hand out presents, the recipient must:

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