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What is the Dutch name for Saint Nicholas, who fills the clogs of good children with gifts and candy? Hint: "Santa Claus" is derived from mispronouncing the Dutch name.
Bonus question: For one extra point, what three things did Scott Calvin (played by Tim Allen) do that forced him to become Santa (in the movie, "The Santa Clause")?
Who invented the Christmas card?
In what year did he publish the first Christmas card?
What is the name of the Roman god whose birth from the Mother Rock was observed by nearby shepherds?
Bonus question: Who were the primary followers of this deity's mystery religion?
What is Norwegian scientist Odd Halvorsen's biological, and somewhat squirm-inducing, explanation for Rudolph's red nose?
Bonus question: What is the problem with most representations of reindeer on Christmas cards?
What is the name of the pioneer of electricity and magnetism who delivered multiple Christmas Lectures, including one on why a candle burns?
What is one similarity between Santa and the night visitors of our older traditions? (Bonus Question: What was Nicholas' position in the church?)
What is the esoteric meaning of these 12 ornaments used to decorate a Christmas tree?
What is the name of the Roman solstice festival that began this week, runs three to seven days in length, and is observed with many of the traditions now associated with Christmas (gifts, feasting, etc.).
Bonus Question: What are the colors of this holiday?
What is the European, pre-Christian symbolism associated with the use of candles at this time of year? (Be specific!)
J.W. Parkinson did something in 1841 that forever changed Christmas, at least in the retail world. What did he do, and where did he do it?
What is considered to be the first cake/cookie traditionally associated with Christmas?
When using a cookie press to make Scandinavian spritz cookies, it's important to be sure that the dough is ______?
What was the pre-Christian purpose behind gift-giving around the end of the year?
One-quarter of the globe, or 48 million square miles, is ________ covered at some time during the year. Worldwide, about one-third of the water used for irrigation comes from _______. (Note: These values were accurate circa 1998 and I have not done any digging to update them; they may have shifted).
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