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1. Which of the following mythological characters is not generally considered as having provided a basis for the modern Santa Claus?
The Roman festival for Saturn was usurped by Christmas in the 4th Century. Odin rode throughout the world in the winter on his eight-footed horse, Sleipnir, giving out gifts or punishments while Hertha was fond of delivering gifts by fireplace.
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. Who first wrote about Rudolph the red-nose reindeer?
Robert May first revealed Rudolph's story to the world in a book written for the Montgomery Ward department store chain. (Rudolph has always thought of him as a bit of a father figure!).
4. Which of the following is NOT another name for the gift-giving spirit of Saint Nick?
Befana brings gifts to Italian children and Burklaas to German children. Belsnickel used to bring presents to German-American immigrants in the 19th century.
5. Where was the Christmas carol "Silent Night" first played?
After being played once, the song likely would have been lost forever had a travelling musician not spotted the music in the church. The song was a favourite of the Prussian King, under whom the true origins of the carol were discovered.
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