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Christmas and Winter Festivals

The ilex and the hedera. Better known as ????? & ???

Holly and Ivy

What specific type of plant is mistletoe?

Parasitic

The three wise men (or three Kings) were traditionally Kaspar, Balthazar and

Melchior

What present is traditionally given at Chanukah to children?

A dreidl, or spinning top

On the 12th day of Christmas there were 12 what?

Drummers, drumming

Who sang Fairytale of New York?

Shane McGowan and Kirsty MacColl

"Nadolig Llawen" is "Happy Christmas" in

Welsh

Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and ??

Blitzen

Name a religion that celebrates Diwali.

Hinduism, Sikhism or Jainism

What is the name given to the patterns drawn outside homes at Diwali?

Rangoli

Which carol is this? "Lullay, lullay thou little tiny child, Bye bye, lullay, lullay"

The Coventry Carol

On December 13th, girls in Sweden dress as which saint?

St Lucia

What is Happy Christmas in Irish?

Nollaig Shona

Whose Christmas song is A Spaceman Came Travelling?

Chris De Burgh

What bird was once hunted on St Stephen's Day in Ireland?

The wren

The German cake eaten at Christmas is called a

Stollen

Black bun is eaten at New Year in?

Scotland

Befana brings presents in which European country?

Italy

The feast day of St Nicholas is what date in Dec?

December 6th

St Nicholas was Bishop of Myra. Where is Myra? (country).

Turkey

Who wrote the poem The Night Before Christmas?

Clement Clarke Moore

The first Christmas crib (Nativity scene) was made in Assisi by ????

St. Francis

Who sang The Christmas Song?

Nat King Cole

Where did The Carol of the Bells originate?

Ukraine

What is the English name of the Irish carol, Carúl Loch Garman?

The Wexford Carol

What is the winter treat, Gluehwein?

Mulled, or spiced wine

Carols from which Cambridge college are a Christmas tradition?

Kings

Which James Joyce short story is set at a snowy Christmas time?

The Dead

Who is credited with bringing the Christmas tree to Britain and Ireland?

Queen Victoria

What date is the winter solstice, usually?

December 21st

Which famous actor (The African Queen, Casablanca) was born on Christmas Day?

Humphrey Bogart

On what day are Christmas presents traditionally given in Germany?

Christmas Eve

Complete the line "Oh Little Town of Bethlehem how .."

"... still we see thee lie"

Star lights, or 'parols' are a feature of Christmas in which country?

The Philippines

What is the more common name of Picea abies, a Christmas feature?

The Norway Spruce (Christmas tree)

Loy Krathong is a festival of light from which country?

Thailand

What is myrrh?

A bitter-smelling ointment

The poinsettia is native to which country?

Mexico

Carp is a Christmas dish in which country?

Poland

Who established the Christmas tree as a counterpoint to the Catholic Nativity scene?

Martin Luther

What winter festival honours African-American culture?

Kwanzaa

Nos Galan' are New Year races held in which country

Wales

The first written record of a Christmas tree is from what Baltic state?

Estonia

One of Jesus' presents was gold. What is the chemical symbol for gold?

Au

Tom Smith invented what Christmas tradition

Christmas crackers

What is the chief filling of Christmas mince pies?

Dried fruit

"The Toy Show" is a special seasonal edition of which Irish TV programme?

The Late Late Show

Which German cathedral contains a shrine to the Three Kings?

Koeln (Cologne)

Which of the Gospels contain the Christmas story?

Matthew and Luke

When was the Christmas card invented?

1843

Where did turkeys first come from?

North America

What sauce is usually served with Christmas pudding?

Brandy or rum

When was Christmas banned in England?

1647

What coin was once placed in Christmas puddings?

A silver sixpence

Which company is said to have popularised Santa's red coat?

Coca Cola

What name do Pagans give to the Winter solstice?

Yule

What is New Year called in Scotland?

Hogmanay

Who sang "A Christmas Dream"?

Perry Como

Who was visited by the Ghost of Christmas Past?

Ebenezer Scrooge

James Stewart starred in which Christmas film?

It's A Wonderful Life