html page creator


61) What Christmas plant might be labeled as "Viscum"?

Viscum album is a species of mistletoe in the family Santalaceae, commonly known as European mistletoe, common mistletoe or simply mistletoe. It is associated with Christmas as a decoration, under which lovers are expected to kiss.

62) Who originally sang "Here Comes Santa Claus"?

"Here Comes Santa Claus (Down Santa Claus Lane)" was originally written and performed by Gene Autry, with music composed by Oakley Haldeman. Autry's original version was a top-10 hit on the pop and country charts; the song would go on to be covered many times in the subsequent decades by artists such as Doris Day, Elvis Presley, and Alvin and the Chipmunks.

63) How do you say "Merry Christmas" in Spanish?

"Feliz Navidad" is Merry Christmas in Spanish.

64) In Greece, who is traditionally given the first slice of bread from the Christmas loaf?

Slices of Christopsomo, or "Christ bread", are offered to the first beggar or stranger who comes to the house.

65) What opera debuted in Cairo, Egypt on Christmas Eve 1871?

Set in Egypt, Verdi's Aida was commissioned by and first performed at Cairo's Khedivial Opera House on 24 December 1871.

66) What song was declared an "intangible cultural heritage" by UNESCO in 2011?

"Silent Night" has been recorded by singers from every music genre. The version sung by Bing Crosby is the third best-selling single of all-time.

67) On the tenth day of Christmas, what did my true love give to me?

"On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me ten lords a leaping."

68) What poet wrote "The Cultivation of Christmas Trees"?

What makes Eliot's verses especially memorable is that while they deal with a religious holiday, they speak to a very secular concern: our struggle to hold on to our inborn capacity for wonder, that same essential faculty that fuels both science and spirituality.

69) What political cartoonist is responsible for the modern conception of Santa Claus?

Thomas Nast drew a picture of Santa Claus for the January 1, 1881 issue of Harper's Weekly and the rest of the media ran with it. It became the visual prototype of the Santa Claus we all know and love.

70) What ancient Roman holiday influenced the development of Christmas?

Saturnalia was an ancient Roman festival in honour of the deity Saturn. The holiday was celebrated with a sacrifice at the Temple of Saturn and a public banquet, followed by private gift-giving. As the Roman Empire came under Christian rule, many of its customs were recast into or at least influenced the seasonal celebrations surrounding Christmas.