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Here is some interesting trivia about Christmas!

  1. Who wrote ‘A Christmas Carol’?
    A – Charles Dickens. ‘Christmas Carols tells the story of a sad Christmas in the life of a miserable man called Ebenezer Scrooge.

  2. What season was Jesus actually born in?
    A - Spring

  3. What does the name Immanuel mean translated?
    A - God with us

  4. Where was Jesus born?
    A - Bethlehem

  5. Name the three kings that went to see baby Jesus.
    A -Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar

  6. In what direction did the Three Kings see His start?
    A - East

  7. What gifts were presented to baby Jesus?
    A - Gold, frankincense and myrrh.

  8. What does the word Christ mean?
    A -The Anointed One or Messiah

  9. Who were the first to tell the real Christmas story?
    A - Matthew and Luke in the Bible

  10. Can you tell the names of Santa’s reindeers?
    A - They are Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, (Rudolph).

  11. Where can you exchange kisses at Christmas time?
    A - Under the mistletoe

  12. Where in the world is Santa’s workshop?
    A - North Pole

  13. Why do we shorten Christmas to Xmas?
    A - Because ‘X’ stands for Xristos, the Greek word for Christ

  14. Who plays the drums in honour of Jesus?
    A - The little drummer boy

  15. What’s the name of a spicy little house we eat on Christmas?
    A - Gingerbread house

  16. Who started the tradition of having a Christmas tree in the house?
    A - Germany in the 7th century AD

  17. Jingle Bells was not originally made for Christmas, do you know the story?
    A - Jingle Bells was composed in 1857 for a children’s Thanksgiving program.

  18. Which country does the “Silent Night’ comes from?
    A - Austria

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Solange 11th Dec 2014
Thank you very much Sheila.
Sheila 3rd Dec 2014
Ah ha - that's where Olive came from - I thought she was Popeye's girlfriend! Love your comment Joanne and thanks Solange for your hard work in giving us activities each month - its so good to be able tap into someone else's ideas - my own can feel very stale after 19 years in this work :)
Joanne 2nd Dec 2014
Actually there are two more reindeer...Olive (all of the other reindeer) and Howe (how the other reindeer).... Could be tricky, but its funny....does everyone sing the echo bits when singing Rudolph the red nosed reindeer...residents love this song.
Solange 27th Nov 2014
Thank you Sheila, you are quite right. The original reindeers are the first eight names. 'Rudolph became popular later and I guess we could place his name in brackets for the younger generation. Thanks again for the feedback.
Sheila 26th Nov 2014
According to Wikipedia - "The commonly cited names of the reindeer are Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen. They are based on those used in the 1823 poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas" (commonly called "The Night Before Christmas"), which is arguably the basis of reindeer's popularity as Christmas symbols"
Note Rudolph was never one of them - Rudolph first appeared in a 1939 booklet written by Robert L. May and published by Montgomery Ward
Jennifer 15th Nov 2013
Santa had a reindeer called olive??? really???
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