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Christmas Trivia December 11, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Humor, Joke.

What is the most popular Christmas dinner in Japan?

A: Kentucky Fried Chicken!  To celebrate Christmas, an estimated 3.6 million Japanese families treat themselves to Kentucky Fried Chicken. Some KFC locations feature Colonel Sanders dressed as Santa Claus.

What country celebrates Christmas with the Feast of the Seven Fishes?

A: Italy

What’s for dinner in Norway? 

A: If you don’t know what to expect from a typical Norwegian Christmas dinner, then you might be a bit surprised. One typical food that is a Christmas mainstay is Smalahove, a whole, steamed sheep’s head. 

(Um . . . no.  Just no.)

What country enjoys “shrimp on the barbie” for Christmas? 

A: Australia. It’s summer down under so Australians usually enjoy “shrimp on the barbie,” grilled shrimp made on the barbecue.

What’s on the Christmas menu in Greenland? 

A: Whale meat & Reindeer meat.

(Ho~Ho~Ho . . . No, No, No!)

What country celebrates with a Christmas pickle? 

A: Germany. The night before Christmas an ornament shaped like a pickle is hung in the tree secretly. On Christmas morning, the first to find it gets a special gift or surprise.

(A whole jar of pickles!)

How do Hungarians celebrate Christmas? 

A: Christmas Eve (‘Szent-este’ which means Holy Evening) is very important. People spend the evening with their family and decorate the Christmas Tree.

What’s for Christmas dessert in Denmark? 

A: Ris á la mande, Danish rice pudding, a cold rice pudding with whipped cream, vanilla, almonds, and a hot cherry sauce. Whoever finds the peeled almond hidden in the dessert bowl gets a present.

What’s for dessert in France? 

A: The biggest treat for Noel is the Bûche de Noël, the French version of a Yule Log (a rich cake often decorated with tiny treats made to look like items found in a forrest).

What are other names for Santa Claus?

A: Father Christmas, Saint Nicholas, Saint Nick, Kris Kringle, Santa, Père Noël, Sinterklaas

How old is Santa Claus? 

A: (I hope you’re sitting down.)

The quick answer is Santa Claus is 1,749 years old (quite young for an elf!)

Can you name the Three Wise Men?

A: Nope, not Larry, Curly, and Moe

Balthasar of Arabia, Melchior of Persia, & Gaspar of India.

Why gold, frankincense and myrrh?

A: Gold was valuable as currency. Frankincense is a valuable perfume. Myrrh is a precious ointment often used for burial rituals.

How do Scots celebrate Hogmanay? 

A: The “first footer” brings a lump of coal to place on the host’s fire, along with shortbread, a black bun and whisky to toast to a Happy New Year.  Shortbread & whisky will suffice. Showing up empty handed is not only very rude but also bad luck!

Scots + Scotch = Perfect Together!

Aah . . . that’s better!



1. Rainee - December 11, 2020

Could be lobsters on the barbie this year since China doesn’t want our exports!

nrhatch - December 11, 2020

Lobster for Christmas? What a sacrifice. NOT. 😀

Here’s to eating well!

Rainee - December 11, 2020

Hear! Hear! 🙂

nrhatch - December 11, 2020

Hope your holidays are sunny, Rainee.

2. Rivergirl - December 11, 2020

My mother’s family is Austrian, we always have a pickle on our tree!

nrhatch - December 11, 2020

Does anyone get a surprise for finding it? Or is it treated like other ornaments?

I’ve seen pretty blown glass pickles for trees. Probably neater than hanging a nice juicy dill. 😆

Rivergirl - December 11, 2020

Yes, we always had a nice blown glass version. When I was young I did the prize thing… now, with no kids around…. we just hang it from tradition.

nrhatch - December 11, 2020

Thanks! Many traditions are more fun with kids entered into the equation.

3. Debra - December 11, 2020

I really enjoyed reading these customs and interesting cultural facts, Nancy. I’m with you on the “oh no!” items for Christmas supper. We are going to make our own tamales this year. Why not? We have the time. LOL!

nrhatch - December 11, 2020

How fun. One of the attorneys I worked with made tamales for the holidays ~ I think she served them with two sauces. Red and Green.

4. Behind the Story - December 12, 2020

A fascinating list. I’ll take shrimp on the barbie and then a French yule log.

nrhatch - December 12, 2020

Good picks! I also like the sound of Denmark’s rice pudding.

5. Kate Crimmins - December 12, 2020

Some countries eat weird food but not the shrimp on the barbie. I could do that one!

nrhatch - December 12, 2020

Same here. We don’t eat much fish or shellfish, but lobster and shrimp are occasional treats.

6. L. Marie - December 14, 2020

I had a tiny bit of myrrh oil. The scent filled the whole room. So wonderful!

nrhatch - December 14, 2020

Cool! I’ve seen frankincense, but I’ve never smelled the scent of myrrh. I’ll add that to my bucket list.

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