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1. Which of the following is true about the origin of candy canes?
In the 1670's, the choirmaster at Cologne Cathedral had them made up in the shape of shepherd's crooks. The other 3 notions, while popular, came about afterwards.
2. Which publication is credited with providing Americans with the first detailed account of the Dutch version of Saint Nicholas, eventually leading to the modern Santa Claus?
Written by Washington Irving under the pen name Diedrich Knickerbocker, "A History of New York from the Beginning of the World to the End of the Dutch Dynasty" was written in 1809. Other passing references to Santa Claus appeared as early as 1773.
3. In the original "A Visit from St. Nicholas", which of these reindeer is called out by name?
Of course, Donder promptly changed his name to Donner (we think it was because the fame got to him!).
4. Different countries have different traditions for sending letters to Santa. Which of these is NOT one of those traditions?
For children in the U.K. and Ireland, the smoke from their burned letters carries their wishes to Father Christmas. In Latin America, angels take the letters left beside the crèche (manger). And let's not forget about sending a letter by mail, or its modern replacement, EmailSanta!
5. Rudolph the red-nose reindeer almost had a different first name. (Actually, his parents considered 2 other names before deciding upon Rudolph). What were those 2 other names?
Rudolph was given his name by his biographer's four year old daughter after many other names, particularly Rollo and Reginald, were considered.
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