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1. 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.
2. Instead of reindeer, what is Santa rumoured to use to pull his sleigh when he delivers presents in Australia?
Boomers are big male kangaroos (which are more accustomed to the heat in Australia than reindeer are).
3. For which of these events is there no absolute proof that it happened on a Christmas Day?
In ancient times, the date of one's death was more important than the date of their birth. Because birthdays were seldom celebrated then, no one bothered to keep records so there will always be some uncertainty as to Jesus' exact birthdate.
4. 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.
5. Why is the day after Christmas also known as "Boxing Day"?
Some say the term relates to alms boxes opened and distributed to the poor on December 26th. More likely it relates to the earthenware boxes used by British employees to collect Christmas tips in. Eventually the practice was replaced by a day off work and/or a Christmas bonus.
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