Here’s a little quiz about the customs and history of the Christmas holidays that a lot of Japanese aren’t so sure about. In some cases, two or three answers apply. I will post the answers and explanations next week.
1 What is Christmas? a. Childrens’ Day b. Santa Claus Day c. Jesus Christ’s birthday
2 When was the first Christmas? a. 150 years ago b. 1,000 years ago c. 2,006 years ago
3 Where was it? a. England b. Germany c. Israel
4 Where is Israel? a. Europe b. The Middle East c. Africa
5 What was Jesus? a. A carpenter b. A teacher c. A fisherman
6 What religion was he? a. Jewish b. Christian c. Buddhist
7 What did he teach? a. Love b. Charity c. Peace
8 What do Christians believe? a. He was a God b. He was God’s son c. He was a teacher
9 What was the Christmas star? a. A comet b. A new star c. A rock star
10 What was Jesus’ mother’s name? a. Maria b. Mary c. Madonna
11 What was his father’s name? a. Jose b. Joseph c. George
12 Who brought him gifts? a. Santa Claus b. Bill Gates c. 3 kings
13 Who was Saint Nicolas (Santa Claus)? a. A Finnish King b. An Italian Pope c. A Greek bishop
14 When is Saint Nicolas Day? a. Dec 6th b. Dec 25th c. July 4th
15 When did Jesus get his gifts? a. Dec 6th b. Dec 25th c. Jan 6th
16 Where does the Christmas tree come from? a. Israel b. Finland c. Germany
17 When did modern Christmas begin? a. 150 years ago b. 1,000 years ago c. 2,006 years ago
18 Where? a. In Israel b. In England c. In America
19 Who made it? a. The church b. The department stores c. Social workers
20 Why did they make it a super holiday? a. To sell things b. To promote family and charity c. For the hell of it
21 What is the real meaning of Christmas? a. Love b. Charity c. Peace
22 What Christmas custom has the most impact? a. Food b. Decorations c. Music
23 What’s American Christmas cake like?
a. There are many types.
b. They are the same as in Japan.
c. There’s no Christmas cake.
24 When do many Americans put up the tree? a. Dec 1st b. Dec 24th c. Dec 25th
25 Who perfected the popular image of Santa Claus? a. The Church b. Disney c. Coca Cola