Christmas Trivia That May Stump You!
Spreading the gift of knowledge this holiday season! Putting you to the test one last time in 2016!
1. What gifts were presented on the following days in the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas?”
2. The 2016 PNC Christmas Price Index measures that the total cost of purchasing all the gifts from the “The Twelve Days of Christmas” is…
3. The fake snow in the movies The Wizard of Oz (1939) and White Christmas (1954) was made out of what?
a. Soap bubbles
4. Which one of the following was a normal Christmas card for Victorians back in the 19th century?
a. A picture of Queen Victoria
b. Santa in his sleigh being pulled by nine reindeer across the night sky
c. Scenes of the English countryside
d. An image of a dead robin with a jolly message
5. How much does the star adorning the Rockefeller Christmas tree in the heart of New York City weigh?
a. 25 lbs
b. 550 lbs
c. 700 lbs
d. 126 lbs
6. The Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle Christmas fundraising campaign started in what year?
1. Day 12 – Drummers drumming
Day 10 – Lords a-leaping
Day 9 – Ladies dancing
Day 6 – Geese a-laying
Day 3 – French hens
2. c. $34,363 – PNC has been tracking the cost of the twelve gifts since 1984, which originally cost $12,623.10. The 2016 total cost of purchasing all 364 gifts given in the entire song, including the repeated verses, would be $156,507. Now that’s true love!
Source: The Fiscal Times | Here’s How Much the 12 Days of Christmas Will Cost This Year
3. b. Asbestos – Chrysotile asbestos was a popular material used for fake snow from the mid 1930s through the 1950s in movies, department stores and even private homes.
Source: Environmental Management Solutions | Asbestos in fake snow – Wizard of Oz (1939)
4. d. An image of a dead robin with a jolly message – Though some of the significance of these cards has been lost to history, it’s important to remember that Christmas wasn’t widely celebrated in the early 1800s. So cards with images of dead birds, murderous frogs, and dancing insects with happy quotes were more of a social message to remind people of real life such as poor children dying in the winter streets. Click the link below to view the cards!
Source: Hyperallergic | Have a Creepy Little Christmas with These Unsettling Victorian Cards
5. b. 550 lbs – The 550-pound Swarovski star is made of 25,000 crystals, 720 LED bulbs, 44 circuit boards, and 3,000 feet of wire. The star is estimated to be worth $1.5 million.
Source: Mental_Floss | 6 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Facts
6. a. 1891 – In 1891, a Salvation Army captain in San Francisco set up a crab pot and began collecting money for the poor for Christmas. Since then, the Red Kettle Campaign has become one of the longest-running fundraising efforts in the world with kettles even being seen in Japan, Korea, Chile and throughout Europe.
Source: The Salvation Army | Eight Things You Probably Don’t Know About the Salvation Army
Wishing you and your family a very merry and safe holiday!
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