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1. Although there are many theories as to where and why the practice originated, what country is generally credited with popularizing Christmas trees in the home?
Some argue that Estonians or Latvians (or even the Egyptians and Babylonians!) used evergreens earlier, but Germans certainly popularized it. In legend, Martin Luther started the custom in reverence to the heavens. German royalty spred the custom to other countries thru marriage. BTW, check out the Interactive Tree on the EmailSanta webcams page too!
2. By what name do most people know the poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas" today?
The poem formed the basis for much of what we know about present day Santa. The story is that Moore was out shopping for a turkey and was inspired by the sound of the horses drawing his sleigh and the driver. He composed the poem in his head and read it to his family the next day.
3. Who penned the New York Sun's famous reply to a young girl's question about the existence of Santa Claus?
Although Church reluctantly accepted the challenge, his answer is part of Christmas legend. The Sun reprinted his reply every year until it ceased operations in 1950.
4. From his illustrations for Coca-Cola, which of the following is the only characteristic of the modern Santa Claus Haddon Sundblom is generally credited with?
Although the image of Santa painted by Sundblom was already in place, he certainly cemented that image in everyone's mind.
5. Saint Nicholas has been an outlaw many times through the ages. Which of the following did NOT ban him?
Saint Nicholas was first outlawed by Martin Luther in 1545. Christmas (and by extension Santa Claus) was banned by the English Parliament in 1644. In Massachusetts, Christmas was not made a legal holiday again until 1856, 200 years later! It wasn't until the Victorian age that Christmas as we know it really began.
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