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AD­VENT QUIZ – IT’S FIENDISHLY DIF­FI­CULT

Try our ad­vent quiz – yes, one ques­tion per day for you on the run- up to Christ­mas. It’s mul­ti­ple choice, too, so a good one to read out on Christ­mas Day when ev­ery­one’s hit the sherry. Good luck!

DE­CEM­BER 1st:

In which year was the first Christ­mas card printed in Eng­land? a) 1863 b) 1883 c) 1843

2nd:

Who in­tro­duced Christ­mas car­ols to for­mal church ser­vices? a) Queen Vic­to­ria b) The Arch­bishop of Can­ter­bury c) St. Fran­cis of As­sisi

3rd:

Which for­eign city gives the city of West­min­ster a Christ­mas tree every year to adorn Trafal­gar Square? a) Stock­holm b) Ber­gen c) Oslo

4th:

Which Amer­i­can Pres­i­dent dec­o­rated the first White House Christ­mas tree? a) Franklin Pierce b) Franklin Roo­sevelt c) Abra­ham Lin­coln

5th:

What do red berries rep­re­sent at Christ­mas? a) The bright­ness of life de­spite win­ter’s gloom b) The fruit of our sum­mer har­vest c) The drops of Christ’s blood

6th:

What is the big­gest sell­ing Christ­mas sin­gle of all time? a) Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christ­mas?” b) Queen’s “Bo­hemian Rhap­sody” c) Bing Crosby’s “White Christ­mas”

7th:

In which coun­try did baubles, the or­na­men­tal balls on a Christ­mas tree, orig­i­nate? a) Spain b) Ger­many c) France

8th:

Why was Christ­mas Day par­tic­u­larly spe­cial to W. C. Field, Princess Alexan­dra and Char­lie Chap­lin?

a) It was the day they died b) It was their birth­day c) It was the date of their re­spec­tive

wed­dings

9th:

In Scots di­alect what is a yule­hole? a) An out­door privy where a guest threw up in or­der to empty his stom­ach for more feast­ing b) A man’s mouth that en­joys a wee dram of whisky as part of the Hog­manay tra­di­tions c) The last hole to which a man could stretch his belt at a Christ­mas feast

10th:

With the re­cent ad­di­tion of Ru­dolph, how many rein­deer does Santa have? a) 12 b) 6 c) 9

11th:

Which British monarch changed the cus­tom­ary Christ­mas fare of the goose to the tur­key? a) Queen Vic­to­ria b) King Ge­orge III c) King Henry VIII

12th:

At what time on British tele­vi­sion on Christ­mas Day is the Queen’s Speech first broad­cast? a) 3 p. m b) 12 a. m. c) 2 p. m.

13th:

In which coun­try on New Year’s Eve do you col­lect at each party a “cotil­lion” – a kind of party bag con­tain­ing sweets and whis­tles? a) Spain b) France c) Por­tu­gal

14th:

In which English county did rev­ellers chalk a sym­bol of a man on a log in a cheery ref­er­ence to the hu­man sac­ri­fices that were once thrown on the bon­fire? a) Corn­wall b) Lin­colnshire c) Dorset

15th:

In which year was the Queen’s first speech broad­cast on tele­vi­sion? a) 1967 b) 1962 c) 1957

16th:

In which coun­try is your age mea­sured not in years but by how many Christ­mases you’ve lived through? a) The Philip­pines b) Mex­ico c) Papua New Guinea

17th:

What does the word “hed­er­ated” mean? a) Get­ting the sack at work just be­fore Christ­mas b) Adorned with ivy c) Beau­ti­fully wrapped

18th:

In which coun­try do some priests ad­vise you to say “Happy Christ­mas”, not “Merry Christ­mas”, be­cause merry has con­no­ta­tions of get­ting drunk? a) Aus­tralia b) Fin­land c) Den­mark

19th:

Who was the first to add lighted can­dles to the Christ­mas tree? a) The Pope b) Queen Vic­to­ria c) Martin Luther

20th:

Why was Christ­mas Day par­tic­u­larly spe­cial to Con­rad Hilton, Humphrey Bog­art and Sir Isaac New­ton? a) It was the day they died b) It was the date of their re­spec­tive wed­dings c) It was the day they were born

21st:

In which coun­try is “kiviak” a gas­tro­nom­i­cal Christ­mas treat made from the raw flesh of an auk buried un­der a stone in seal­skin for sev­eral months un­til it’s achieved an ad­vanced stage of de­com­po­si­tion? a) Ice­land b) Green­land c) Canada

22nd:

Hang­ing gifts on trees is sup­posed to stem from what? a) Tree wor­ship of the Druids b) A Ger­man cus­tom that started first with baubles c) The lack of tree dec­o­ra­tions for sale dur­ing World War I

23rd:

In which coun­try does the “con­soada” feast take place at mid­night on Christ­mas Eve? a) Por­tu­gal b) Mex­ico c) Spain

Christ­mas Eve:

Why at a tra­di­tional Bul­gar­ian Christ­mas does the fam­ily get to­gether around the ta­ble to sit on the floor? a) It is as an act of hu­mil­ity on this

spe­cial day b) Be­cause Je­sus and the apos­tles also

sat on the floor c) Be­cause the ta­ble is tra­di­tion­ally over­bur­dened with of­fer­ings of food

ANA­GRAM COR­NER

Time once again for our ana­grams – this time we’ve rus­tled up a Strictly Come Danc­ing theme as it’s that time of year. Un­ravel these ana­grams from this year’s se­ries to give the names of pro­fes­sional dancers, celebs or judges. An­swers over­leaf. 1. WICKED ALUMNI ALAN 2. I RUB LO­TION ON 3. HERBAL OYS­TERS 4. RE­CEIV­ING NO PAIN 5. ON TUBE NAKED

FAREWELL FENELLA FIELD­ING

We were sad to hear that Queen of “Carry On Scream­ing”, Fenella Field­ing, passed away in Septem­ber at the age of 90. Along with the Carry On and Doc­tor films, she was a stage ac­tress and ap­peared on game shows and chat shows. She car­ried on work­ing into her 80s, mak­ing ra­dio pro­grammes and was ap­pointed an OBE in June.

Fenella Field­ing.

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