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1. When was the poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas" written?
The poem was written in 1823 but the other dates are significant too. In 1931, Coca Cola commissioned Haddon Sundblom to paint Santa ads; in 1644, English Parliament banned Christmas; and, in 1545, Martin Luther banned Santa.
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. The majority of Saint Nicholas' relics (remains) are where?
Every December 6th, thousands of pilgrims participate in the processions honouring St. Nicholas in Bari, Italy.
4. 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.
5. What is Santa called in England?
References to Father Christmas go as far back as the 15th Century.
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