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#857511 - 12/19/12 02:14 PM Global Christmas Trivia
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-1. In the Ukraine, what does it mean if you find a spider web in the house on Christmas morning?
-2. In many households, part of the fun of eating Christmas pudding is finding a trinket that predicts your fortune for the coming year. For instance, finding a coin means you will become wealthy. What will you be if you find a button?
-3. If you were given some frumenty at a Medieval Christmas party, what would you probably do with it?
-4. Which well-known author of fantasy fiction also created a book called The Father Christmas Letters?
-5. In Sweden, a common Christmas decoration is the Julbukk, a small figurine of a goat. Of what material is it usually made?
-6. What is the Irish custom of "feeding the wren" or "hunting the wren" on December 26?
-7. All through the Christmas season in old England, "lambswool" could be found in the houses of the well-to-do. What was it?
-8. In Greek legend, malicious creatures called Kallikantzaroi sometimes play troublesome pranks at Christmas time. What should you do to get rid of them?
-9. The jólasveinar, or "yule lads", are a traditional part of an Icelandic Christmas. What are they?
-10. The poinsettia is a traditional Christmas flower. In what country did it originally grow?
-11. The "Urn of Fate" is part of the Christmas celebrations in many Italian households. What is it?
-12. In Lithuania, if Kaledu Senelis, or Grandfather Christmas, appears to the children on Christmas Eve to hand out presents, what must the recipient do?

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#857520 - 12/19/12 02:41 PM Re: Global Christmas Trivia [Re: Pandora]
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2. Gaping open at the midriff. razz12

I don't know the true answers to any of these without cheating. lol12
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#857522 - 12/19/12 02:43 PM Re: Global Christmas Trivia [Re: Pandora]
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5. straw

(not hay - the thicker one that horses and cows stand on)

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#857536 - 12/19/12 03:41 PM Re: Global Christmas Trivia [Re: Pandora]
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3. A family friend made this on Christmas years ago(a decade or so after Medieval times grin12) It had rice and raisins in it - and we ate it.

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#857537 - 12/19/12 03:41 PM Re: Global Christmas Trivia [Re: Pandora]
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10. Mexico santa

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#857544 - 12/19/12 04:15 PM Re: Global Christmas Trivia [Re: Pandora]
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8.Burn either salt or an old shoe snicker wave12
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#857550 - 12/19/12 04:22 PM Re: Global Christmas Trivia [Re: Pandora]
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Rushes, makes sense but not correct. lol12

All of the other answers are right! Below is a more detailed answer for each, in case you're interested. smile12


3. Frumenty was a spiced porridge, enjoyed by both rich and poor. It was a forerunner of modern Christmas puddings. It is linked in legend to the Celtic god Dagda, who stirred a porridge made up of all the good things of the earth.

5. Straw. Scandinavian Christmas festivities feature a variety of straw decorations in the form of stars, angels, hearts and other shapes, as well as the Julbukk.

8. Burn salt or an old shoe. The pungent burning stench drives off, or at least helps discourage, the Kallikantzaroi. Other techniques include hanging a pig's jawbone by the door and keeping a large fire so they can't sneak down the chimney.

10. Mexico. In Mexico, the poinsettia is known as the "Flower of the Holy Night". It was brought to America by the diplomat Joel Poinsett in 1829. Among other accomplishments, Poinsett also played an important part in founding the Smithsonian Institution.
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#857575 - 12/19/12 06:46 PM Re: Global Christmas Trivia [Re: Pandora]
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7. A drink of hot ale with nutmeg and apples floating. (a spiced cider)
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#857611 - 12/19/12 09:19 PM Re: Global Christmas Trivia [Re: Pandora]
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Yes, Gail! smile12

"Lambswool" was the drink that filled the wassail bowl. Sugar, eggs and spices were added to hot ale, and toast floated on top with the apples. Poor people would bring their mugs to the door hoping for a share of the steaming drink.
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#857635 - 12/20/12 12:46 AM Re: Global Christmas Trivia [Re: Pandora]
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6. On St. Stephen's Day, the wren boys carry a wren around in a cage and sing for money to either feed the wren or bury it, depending on it's state. We have a recording of the song by the Clancy Brothers, and my husband just sang part of it for me. wink12
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#857699 - 12/20/12 09:16 AM Re: Global Christmas Trivia [Re: Pandora]
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Correct! smile12

One explanation for this St. Stephen's day custom refers to a legend in which the saint was given away by a chattering wren while hiding from his enemies. Children cage the wren to help it do penance for this misdeed. Often the children carry a long pole with a holly bush at the top - which is supposed to hide a captured wren. An artificial wren may also be used.
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#857801 - 12/20/12 05:09 PM Re: Global Christmas Trivia [Re: Pandora]
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2. One source says you will be famous, another source says you will remain a spinster or bachelor.


Edited by Flo NS (12/20/12 05:11 PM)

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#857803 - 12/20/12 05:13 PM Re: Global Christmas Trivia [Re: Pandora]
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Mine said bachelor, but I'm sure there are those who believe famous. smile12

A ring means you will get married; while a thimble predicts spinsterhood. The idea of hiding something in the pudding comes from the tradition in the Middle Ages of hiding a bean in a cake that was served on Twelfth Night. Whoever found the bean became "king" for the rest of the night.
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#857832 - 12/20/12 09:16 PM Re: Global Christmas Trivia [Re: Pandora]
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4. J. R. R. Tolkien

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#857838 - 12/20/12 10:44 PM Re: Global Christmas Trivia [Re: Pandora]
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Yes, Koala! smile12

The Father Christmas Letters consists of letters written to the Tolkien children by Father Christmas. It was published in 1976. The illustrated letters describe adventures and events at the North Pole.
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