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The American Christmas Quiz

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The American Christmas is a blend of ancient festivals, religious pageantry, secular parties and family gatherings. How much do you know about the history of Christmas? Take our seven question Christmas Quiz and find out.

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Test your knowledge of the history of Christmas.
Be warned…this Christmas Quiz is going to be harder than you think!
1. Ulysses S. Grant and Congress made Christmas a federal holiday in 1870. Why is Christmas celebrated on December 25th?
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2. Few Americans know the Bible story of Jesus's birth; do you? Answer this True or False question.

The Bible tells of three kings, Melchoir, Caspar, and Balthasar, who traveled through the desert on camels following a star which led them to the stable where Mary had just given birth to Jesus. The kings kneeled in the straw among the animals and joined the angels above in praising the baby before presenting him with gifts.
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3. The American Christmas has become highly commercialized. Who is credited for creating the first Nativity Scene to bring the emphasis back to the significance of Jesus’s birth instead of secular gift-giving at Christmas?
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4. Which illiterate American artist, who also created the well-known icons of a donkey and elephant to represent the Democratic and Republican political parties, invented the modern version of Santa Claus, the elves, and the North Pole?
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5. Which American writer inspired Charles Dickens’ vision of Christmas in “A Christmas Carol” and almost single handedly crafted the traditions we know today of the American family Christmas?
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6. Which groups opposed the celebration of Christmas during America’s early history?
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7. America's Founding Fathers were heavily influenced by Greek and Roman history. Which popular Roman celebration started two hundred years before the birth of Jesus and included gift-giving, decorating evergreen trees, merry making … and was the inspiration for Father Christmas in England?
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