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CHRISTMAS TRIVIA V

41) What ancient Roman holiday influenced the development of Christmas?


Saturnalia was an ancient Roman festival in honour of the deity Saturn. The holiday was celebrated with a sacrifice at the Temple of Saturn and a public banquet, followed by private gift-giving. As the Roman Empire came under Christian rule, many of its customs were recast into or at least influenced the seasonal celebrations surrounding Christmas.

42) What is the capital of Christmas Island?


About a third of Christmas Island's total population of 1,600 lives in Flying Fish Cove, which lies near the north-eastern tip of the island.

43) Who commissioned the first Christmas cards?


The first Christmas cards were commissioned by Sir Henry Cole and illustrated by John Callcott Horsley in London on 1 May 1843. Two batches totaling 2,050 cards were printed and sold that year for a shilling each.

44) Which country declared Christmas Day a public holiday in 1958?


In Scotland, Christmas Day became a public holiday in 1958. Before that, people worked on Christmas Day, although they still gave presents to their children.

45) In which country is Santa Claus called Babbo Natale?


Babbo Natale, Italy's version of Santa Claus, is becoming more popular and gift giving on Christmas day is becoming more common, but La Befana, the old woman who delivers gifts on Epiphany (January 6) is still the more popular Italian Christmas figure.

46) What did Harry Potter get for his first Christmas at Hogwarts?


Harry also got a lumpy looking jumper from Mrs. Weasley, but the invisibility cloak he received from Dumbledore was much more useful.

47) Which famous scientist was born on Christmas Day?


Sir Isaac Newton was born according to the Julian calendar (in use in England at the time) on Christmas Day, December 25, 1642.

48) According to the 1964 TV special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, who is Rudolph's father?


Rudolph's father, Santa's lead reindeer Donner, feels ashamed after Santa Claus tells him that he won't allow Rudolph to be in the sleigh team with his nose ("Jingle Jingle Jingle"). Donner uses a special cover to hide Rudolph's nose so he can send Rudolph to the Reindeer Games.

49) What year was Christmas first celebrated on December 25th?


The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine (he was the first Christian Roman Emperor). A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on the 25th of December.

50) Who is George Bailey's guardian angel in It's a Wonderful Life?


George Bailey's imminent suicide on Christmas Eve brings about the intervention of his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody. Clarence shows George all the lives he has touched and how different life in his community of Bedford Falls would be had he never been born.

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