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1. On September 21, 1897, the New York Sun wrote its famous reply to a young girl's question about the existence of Santa Claus. What was the little girl's name?
Yes, Virginia (O'Hanlon), there is a Santa Claus! Although over 100 years old, the article by Francis Pharcellus Church is still one of the best arguments for Santa.
2. What (or Who) is Xerotighna?
Xerotighna are dark pastry balls that people in Cyprus throw onto their roofs at Christmas-time to appease evil spirits.
3. Saint Nicholas was born in the country we now call…
According to legend, Saint Nicholas was born in the heart of the Roman Empire in Patera, Turkey.
4. Which of the following did not contribute to the idea of Saint Nick as a gift-giver?
Martin Luther actually outlawed Saint Nicholas!
5. 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!
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