12 Christmas Crafts from #hoopla


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Brain Teaser: Christmas Traditions Around the World


santaChristmas is about 10 days away, so let’s see how much you know about Christmas traditions around the world.  Need help? Use CultureGrams to find the answers.

  1. On which date do Armenians celebrate Christmas?
  2. What do kids in Brazil do on Christmas Eve?
  3. In Austria, on which date does Nikolo (similar to Santa Claus) fill the children’s shoes with treats?
  4. In Argentina, what name does Santa Claus go by?
  5. What is the meaning of Boxing Day, celebrated in England and Canada?
  6. In Croatia, Catholic Christians celebrate Christmas on 25 December, but Orthodox Christians celebrate it on which date?
  7. For many years, Christmas was banned in Cuba, until the government declared it an official holiday again in which year?
  8. What name do French children call Santa Claus by?
  9. What is the German name for Christmas Tree?
  10. At Christmas Ethiopians play a game which is like hockey, what is it called?

How did you do?

0 – 1 Mmmm, not exactly brilliant.
2 – 5 A reasonable stab.
6 – 8 A good showing. But there’s still room for improvement!
9 – 10 You really know your stuff. Well done!

Brain Teaser – Christmas Songs


Christmas is a time for music! Here’s a brainteaser about Christmas songs. Want to download these songs for the holidays? Get 5 free songs each week from our Freegal Music service. Yes, they are FREE with your library card and PIN!

1. Which British rock group returned its 1973 Christmas chart-topper “Merry Xmas Everybody’ to the British charts no less than eight times?

2. Which Christmas song is about a reindeer who is chosen by Santa because his red nose lights up the night?

3. What is the English title of the Christmas hymn “Stille Nacht”?

4. Name one of the two singers who composed “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” for Band Aid in 1984.

5. Which former member of the Beatles had a hit several times with “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”?

6. Which song was a No. 1 hit all over Europe for Boney M at Christmas 1978, having previously been recorded by Harry Belafonte?

7. Who wrote the song “White Christmas”: Irving Berlin, Cole Porter or George Gershwin?

8. Which group released the song “Last Christmas” in 1984?

9. Which singer-songwriter’s second album included a modern Christmas song, “A Spaceman Came Travelling”?

10. What Christmas song did Judy Garland sing to comfort Margaret O’Brien in the 1944 film “Meet Me in St Louis”?

How did you do?

0 – 1 Mmmm, not exactly brilliant.
2 – 5 A reasonable stab.
6 – 8 A good showing. But there’s still room for improvement!
9 – 10 You really know your stuff. Well done!

Questions set by Tony Augarde (www.augardebooks.co.uk)

Brain Teaser – Christmas


This week’s brainteaser is about things connected with Christmas. Need help? Use Credo Reference Online, a great reference resource from your Library!

1. The three gifts that the Wise Men brought to the infant Jesus were traditionally gold, frankincense, and what else?

2. What is the date of the first day of the Twelve Days of Christmas?

3. When drilling for oil or gas, what is a Christmas tree?

4. What phrase is used for a late-night church service on Christmas Eve?

5. In Charles Dickens’s novel “A Christmas Carol”, what was the name of Tiny Tim’s father?

6. A yule log is a large log which used to be put on the hearth as the foundation for the fire – on which day?

7. In which book by Louisa May Alcott did someone say “Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents”?

8. What is the English title of the Christmas carol which is “Adeste Fideles” in Latin?

9. In the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas” (“On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me…”), what total of gifts was given over the whole twelve days: 78, 280, or 364?

10. According to Clement C. Moore’s “The Night Before Christmas”, Father Christmas had eight reindeer. Can you name six of them?

How did you do?

0 – 1 Mmmm, not exactly brilliant.
2 – 5 A reasonable stab.
6 – 8 A good showing. But there’s still room for improvement!
9 – 10 You really know your stuff. Well done!

Questions set by Tony Augarde (www.augardebooks.co.uk)

Brain Teaser – Christmas


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Our brainteaser is all about Christmas. We wish you all a happy one.  Need help? Try Credo Reference.

1. Which rock group has returned its 1973 Christmas chart-topper “Merry Xmas Everybody” to the British charts at least eight times?

2. In which year did the “Christmas truce” occur?

3. Santa Claus is named after which saint?

4. What kind of tree is most commonly used as a Christmas tree?

5. Who wrote the 1973 picturebook “Father Christmas” in which Father Christmas lives in a terrace house with an outside toilet and an old-fashioned stove?

6. Who composed the Christmas Oratorio, first performed in 1734/35: Bach, Mozart or Beethoven?

7. What was the title of Phil Spector’s 1963 Christmas album?

8. “A Christmas Carol” was the first of five “Christmas Books” by Charles Dickens which were published together for the first time in 1852. Can you name one of the other books in this collection?

9. What kind of bird is the “colly bird” (often changed to “calling bird”) referred to in the traditional song “The Twelve Days of Christmas”?

10. On what date in the year is “Women’s Christmas”, also called “Small Christmas” or “Little Christmas”?

Questions set by Tony Augarde (www.augardebooks.co.uk)