Test your Christmas Eve IQ: Do you know the day’s traditions and
supersitions from around the world?
1. The world’s first singing commercial aired on the radio on
Christmas Eve in 1926. What was the commercial for?
A. Borax soap chips.
B. Wheaties cereal made by General Mills.
C. Royal Ice Cream desserts.
2. In Britain, what was the traditional treat children set out
for Father Christmas and his reindeer?
A. Fish and chips and cornish pastry for Santa, and cat food for
B. Mince pie and brandy for Santa, and a carrot for the
C. Roasted lamb and potatoes for Santa, and scrambled eggs for
3. Why are stockings hung on the
fireplace on Christmas Eve?
A. Because children would hang their wet
stockings up to dry.
B. Because there was no way to hang them in the windows.
C. Because they caught coins Santa dropped while coming down the
4. During the 19th century, what was a popular thing to offer
A. Apple pie.
B. A candy cane.
C. A loaf of bread.
5. Which is a real Christmas Eve superstition?
A. An old wives’ tale says that bread baked on Christmas Eve
will never go moldy.
B. At midnight, a certain rose slowly opens and re-closes its
petals to salute the birthday of Jesus.
C. All the sheep in the fields turn and bow towards the
6. In Norway on Christmas Eve, what household item was
A. The broom.
C. Iron pans.
7. In which country was it good luck to burn a log from
Christmas Eve until New Year’s Day?
8. Which famous New York City building that turns it lights out
every night at midnight, leaves them on until 3 a.m. on Christmas
A: The Trump Building.
B. Statue of Liberty.
C. The Empire State Building.
9. There are 12 courses in the Ukrainian Christmas Eve supper.
What is each course dedicated to?
A. The 12 months in the year.
B. Christ’s 12 apostles.
C. The 12 days of Christmas.
1) B. Wheaties: four male singers known as the Wheaties Quartet
sang a jingle that became a resounding success.
2) B. Mince pie and brandy for Santa, and a carrot for the
3) Both A and C; wet socks hanging on the fireplace would catch
coins Santa dropped.
4) A. Apple pie.
5) All of the answers are superstitions.
6) A. The Norwegians believed that witches would steal their
brooms and ride them on Christmas Eve.
7) C. Logs were burned for a plentiful harvest.
8) C. The Empire State Building.
9) B. Christ’s 12 apostles.