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HOLIDAY TRIVIA

1) What snack is traditionally left out for Santa Claus?


Santa's traditional Christmas Eve snack consists of milk and cookies, but Santa isn't picky. He's usually happy with whatever you choose to leave out.

2) During what ancient festival did masters temporarily serve their slaves?


Saturnalia, or the festival of Saturn, was celebrated in ancient Rome at the end of the vintage and harvesting to honor Saturn, the god of agriculture. As part of the festivities, masters served their slaves--an acknowledgment of the equality of rank and lack of class distinctions which existed during the golden age (supposedly ruled over by Saturn). Other observances included the exchanging of gifts, offering of sacrifices, and unrestrained merrymaking.

3) What holiday was established in California in 1966 by scholar/activist Dr. Maulana Karenga?


Kwanzaa is a 7-day festival celebrating the African American people, their culture, history, and community. Kwanzaa, which means "first fruits of the harvest" in the African language Kiswahili, has gained tremendous acceptance and is now celebrated all over the world--especially in the U.S., Africa, and the Caribbean. Despite some misconceptions, Kwanzaa is neither political nor religious in nature and is not a substitute for Christmas. Kwanzaa begins on December 26th and continues until New Years Day, January 1st.

4) What percent of parents admit to stealing Halloween candy from their children?


90% of parents admit to sneaking goodies from their kids' trick-or-treat bags.

5) What is the best selling Christmas single of all time?


According to the Guinness Book of World Records, "White Christmas" by Bing Crosby is not only the best-selling Christmas/holiday single in the United States, but also the best-selling single of all time, with estimated sales in excess of 50 million copies worldwide.

6) Which holiday takes place on March 26?


One of our favorite days of the year, Make Up Your Own Holiday Day is a chance to throw away the rule book and celebrate however you like!

7) What holiday became popular after it was featured on an episode of Seinfeld?


Festivus entered popular culture after it was made the focus of the 1997 Seinfeld episode called "The Strike". The holiday's celebration includes a Festivus dinner, practices such as the "Airing of Grievances", and the labeling of easily explainable events as "Festivus miracles".

8) What British holiday is named after a man who tried to blow up a government building?


In 1605, Guy Fawkes conspired in the Gunpowder Plot to blow up King James the First and members of both Houses of Parliament. He was caught red-handed in the cellar below the House on November 4, 1605, tortured and executed. Guy Fawkes Day is still celebrated in Britain every year on November 5 with bonfires, fireworks and the burning of the "guy", usually a grotesque effigy.

9) Celebration of the Jewish New Year is known as what?


Rosh Hashanah celebrates the Jewish New Year and the creation of the world. It is one of the holiest days of the Jewish year. The Bible refers to this holiday as Yom Ha-Zikkaron (the day of remembrance) or Yom Teruah (the day of the sounding of the shofar). The holiday was instituted in Leviticus 23:24-25.

10) What part of a chocolate Easter bunny do most children eat first?


When it comes to chocolate bunnies, 76% of children prefer to eat the ears first.


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