Christmas general knowledge 3

From the quiz on 15/12/15.

  1. Around Christmas 1914, large numbers of British and German soldiers on the Western Front participated in an unofficial ceasefire and reportedly played which sport in no man’s land? Football

  2. In the Harry Potter novels, what confection does Harry receive from Hermione for Christmas in his first year at Hogwarts? Chocolate Frogs

  3. Which Italian Catholic friar, founder of the Order of Friars Minor and patron saint of both animals and the environment is credited with creating the very first Christmas nativity scene in 1223? St Francis of Assisi

  4. Who is the antagonist of Tchaikovsky’s Christmas-themed ballet The Nutcracker, who appears with his army when the clock strikes midnight? Mouse King

  5. Which fruit is used to make a traditional Christingle, a candle used at special Advent services that symbolizes Christ as the light of the world? Orange

  6. What is the literal meaning of both the Greek-derived ‘Christ’ and Hebrew-derived ‘Messiah’? Anointed (one)

  7. In How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, what is the name of the Grinch’s pet dog? Max

  8. Do They Know It’s Christmas? was written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure in response to a large-scale famine in which African country? Ethiopia (modern-day Ethiopia and Eritrea)

  9. Which English author wrote the children’s Christmas-themed picture books Father Christmas and The Snowman? Raymond Briggs

  10. Lutefisk, a traditional Scandinavian Christmas dish, is made by boiling dried whitefish after it has been soaked in which alkaline solution? Lye (usually sodium or potassium hydroxide)

  11. Which Pope crowned Charlemagne Holy Roman Emperor on Christmas Day, 800? Leo III


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