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CHRISTMAS TRIVIA VII

61) What song was declared an "intangible cultural heritage" by UNESCO in 2011?


"Silent Night" has been recorded by singers from every music genre. The version sung by Bing Crosby is the third best-selling single of all-time.

62) On the tenth day of Christmas, what did my true love give to me?


"On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me ten lords a leaping."

63) What poet wrote "The Cultivation of Christmas Trees"?


What makes Eliot's verses especially memorable is that while they deal with a religious holiday, they speak to a very secular concern: our struggle to hold on to our inborn capacity for wonder, that same essential faculty that fuels both science and spirituality.

64) What political cartoonist is responsible for the modern conception of Santa Claus?


Thomas Nast drew a picture of Santa Claus for the January 1, 1881 issue of Harper's Weekly and the rest of the media ran with it. It became the visual prototype of the Santa Claus we all know and love.

65) 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.

66) 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.

67) 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.

68) 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.

69) 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.

70) 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.

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