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!
In which year was the first Christmas card printed in England? a) 1863 b) 1883 c) 1843
Who introduced Christmas carols to formal church services? a) Queen Victoria b) The Archbishop of Canterbury c) St. Francis of Assisi
Which foreign city gives the city of Westminster a Christmas tree every year to adorn Trafalgar Square? a) Stockholm b) Bergen c) Oslo
Which American President decorated the first White House Christmas tree? a) Franklin Pierce b) Franklin Roosevelt c) Abraham Lincoln
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
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”
In which country did baubles, the ornamental balls on a Christmas tree, originate? a) Spain b) Germany c) France
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
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
With the recent addition of Rudolph, how many reindeer does Santa have? a) 12 b) 6 c) 9
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
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.
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
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
In which year was the Queen’s first speech broadcast on television? a) 1967 b) 1962 c) 1957
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
What does the word “hederated” mean? a) Getting the sack at work just before Christmas b) Adorned with ivy c) Beautifully wrapped
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
Who was the first to add lighted candles to the Christmas tree? a) The Pope b) Queen Victoria c) Martin Luther
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
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
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
In which country does the “consoada” feast take place at midnight on Christmas Eve? a) Portugal b) Mexico c) Spain
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
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.