Christmas ARound the World
1. Where does the custom of putting out shoes for Father Christmascome from?Viking times2. What was the real ancient source Santa Claus' idea?People thought that God Odin came across the sky in his 8-leggedhorse. They put out their shoes filled with straw to feed Odin’s horseand he’d leave little gifts.3. Who is Father Spanker?He’s a character who accompanies Father Christmas in somecountries. The good children get gifts and the naughty children geta spanking 4. What does Kenneth relate epiphany to? The 12 days of Christmas.5. Who's La Befana?A good witch that accompanies the three Wise Men to find their wayto Baby Jesus.6. What's the fest of the seven fishes? What fish do they mention?It’s seven fishes served on Christmas Eve in Italy. They mention eel.7. What's Boxing Day?It’s an old British tradition. In old times servants had to work onChristmas day and the following day the nobility would give themsomething in a box as a gift.8. When do celebrations start in Sweden?On December 13
, St. Lucia’s Day9. What happens in St. Lucia's Day?Older girls put on a hat with seven candles. St. Lucia’s Day is the oldsolstice day in that part of the world.10. What is the pre-Christian meaning of Christmas?