Oh, Christmas Tree, Oh,
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and True or False offered after each question and then "Check Your Answers"
at the end of the quiz.
1. The modern custom can be traced to
16th century Germany as the earliest reference a Bremen guild chronicle
of 1570 which reports how a small fir was decorated with apples, nuts,
dates, pretzels and paper flowers, and erected in the guild-house, for
the benefit of the guild members' children, who collected the dainties
on Christmas day. Another early reference is from Basel, where the
tailor apprentices carried around town a tree decorated with apples and
cheese in 1597.
2. The city of Riga, Latvia, claims to be
home of the first Christmas tree; an octagonal plaque in the town square
reads �The First New Year's Tree in Riga in 1510�, in eight
languages. Around this same time period, and subject to much debate as
to whether the event occurred before the Riga holiday tree, an early
Christian leader is said to have decorated a small tree in house to
symbolize the way the stars shined at night. Who was this Christian
- Martin Luther
- John Calvin
- John Wycliffe
3. By the early 18th century, the custom
had become common in towns of the upper Rhineland, but it had not yet
spread to rural areas. Wax candles are attested from the late 18th
century. The Christmas tree remained confined to the upper Rhineland for
a relatively long time. It was regarded as a Protestant custom by the
Catholic majority along the lower Rhine and was spread there only by
Prussian officials who were moved there in the wake of the Congress of
Vienna. What was the year?
4. In France, the first Christmas tree
was introduced by the duchess of Orleans. What was the year?
5. In Britain, the Christmas tree was
introduced by King George III�s German wife but did not spread much
beyond the royal family.
- Queen Charlotte
- Queen Victoria
- Queen Anne
6. Images of the royal family with their
Christmas tree at Osborne House were illustrated in English magazines,
initially as a woodcut on December 1848. What was the magazine?
- Illustrated London News
- London New Times
- English News Illustrated
7. The first Christmas tree in America is
long debated. What community has NOT claimed �the First Christmas Tree
- Easton, Pennsylvania
- New Orleans
- Lancaster, Pennsylvania
8. Traditionally, Christmas trees were
not brought in and decorated until Christmas Eve (24 December), and then
removed the day after twelfth night (i.e., 6 January); to have a tree up
before or after these dates was even considered bad luck.
9. What was the original method of
lighting Christmas trees?
- Gas lights
- Electric lights
10. Each year, 50 to 60 million Christmas
trees are produced in America, and 33 to 36 million are produced in