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Christmas Trivia #1

Answer these random Christmas trivia questions.
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Last updated: September 17, 2018
First submittedDecember 11, 2011
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Question
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What town was Jesus born in?
Bethlehem
Who tried to steal Christmas?
The Grinch
Where does Santa live - according to Americans?
The North Pole
Where does Santa live - according to many Europeans?
Lapland
Which saint is Santa Claus based on?
St. Nicholas
Who is the red-nosed reindeer?
Rudolph
What plant do people kiss underneath?
Mistletoe
How many gifts are given on the 12th day of Christmas?
78
Who is the British version of Santa Claus?
Father Christmas
What is the Spanish version of "Merry Christmas"?
Feliz Navidad
What is the English translation of "O, Tannenbaum"?
O, Christmas Tree
What Tchaikovsky ballet is commonly performed around Christmas?
The Nutcracker
What is Scrooge's first name?
Ebenezer
Who was Jesus's mother?
Mary
What four-letter word is another name for the three wise men or three kings?
Magi
What was the baby Jesus laid in due to the lack of a crib?
Manger
What type of calendar is used to count the days until Christmas?
Advent Calendar
On the night before Christmas, visions of what danced in the children's heads?
Sugar Plums
Who said, "God Bless us, every one"?
Tiny Tim
Who wrote the song "White Christmas"?
Irving Berlin
In the phrase "and to you your wassail too", what is a wassail?
Beverage
What does Santa bring to naughty children on Christmas?
Coal
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level 84
Oct 8, 2013
Answers I tried for "What type of drink is a wassail": Cider, hot, mulled, alcoholic, English, British, apple, spiced, and alcoholic. Anyone else have trouble getting a right answer?
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level 76
Nov 3, 2013
I didn't even know it was a drink! Good going!
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level ∞
Dec 11, 2013
I added some different acceptable answers.
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level 75
Apr 14, 2019
Sounds like an obscene word.
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level 59
Nov 29, 2013
Any chance of accepting "king" for four-letter word referring to the wise men? They are often referred to as the three kings.
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level 66
Dec 11, 2013
I tried that as well. :)
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level 35
Dec 11, 2013
I also tried king.
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level 35
Dec 11, 2013
Quizmaster, please accept king. It does make sense with what the question is asking.
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level ∞
Dec 12, 2013
I changed the question to avoid this ambiguity. Thanks.
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level 77
Dec 11, 2013
The juxtaposition of questions in this quiz feels highly appropriate.
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level 84
Dec 11, 2013
Huh? To what juxtaposition are you referring?
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level 61
Dec 11, 2013
I am not sure where you are going with that statement, but I am guessing that it is something negative towards Christmas.
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level 77
Dec 14, 2013
Of course it's something to do with Christmas- the whole quiz is on the subject. It's how the subject matter of the quiz is treated and organized. Nothing negative, just realistic. Jumped out at me right away but if you can't figure it out I'll just leave it a mystery...
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level 23
Dec 25, 2013
I have no idea what that means
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level 77
Jan 14, 2014
You have no idea what the word juxtaposition means?
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level 72
Jul 25, 2015
I think he knows what a juxtaposition is; but like me he doesn't have any idea what is being juxtaposed. Could tell us what you have in mind?
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level 77
Dec 11, 2015
Santa, Rudolph, and the Grinch mixed together with Bethlehem, the virgin Mary, and the Magi, without any special ordering or distinction. Because they're all the same. I was trying to avoid upsetting someone again.
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level 62
Dec 11, 2015
This ordeal just shows that they can be avoided when commentors stop being so pretentious.
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level 71
Jun 16, 2016
Huh, kalbahamut, you didn't really strike me as the "ZOMG WAR ON CHRISTMAS" Christian type.
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level 77
Dec 20, 2017
If I seem upset then I'm guessing that you are projecting the bitterness you feel when you read my comments, because I'm not upset when I write them. I was commenting on something I approved of, after all. Why would that upset me?
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level 77
Dec 20, 2017
sam: what do you mean? I wasn't upset. Where are you guys getting this from? I said the juxtaposition was highly appropriate. Not that it was INappropriate. What's the name for the cognitive bias where your brain skips over what it's actually seeing and just assumes it is what you would expect to see? I'm sure there's probably a name for it.
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level 73
Sep 5, 2018
I suppose it's a form of confirmation bias?
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level 72
Oct 16, 2017
Jesus was real. He was born in Bethlehem. His mother was Mary. He was visited as a young child by an indeterminate number astrologers from the East.

Just because legends, fairy tales and pagan traditions have been layered upon these basic facts does not mean that the basic facts are now themselves fairy tales.
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level 77
Dec 20, 2017
um, no, those basic "facts" are also fairy tales. Even if Jesus was a real person (debatable), and even if he had a mother named Mary (sure, why not)... his mother was not a virgin (not even in some version of the Gospel), he was almost certainly not born in Bethlehem, and the Magi story is *obviously* myth... come on... seriously?
But... I have no problem with these things appearing on a quiz next to questions about the Grinch and Santa Claus. Up until someone comes along and starts insisting that their fairy tales are historical fact.
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level 51
Dec 20, 2017
In what version of the gospel is Mary not a version? As in, one that is actually accepted (under the First Council of Nicaea and similar meetings), not the Gospel of Thomas or something like that.

Additionally, you do actually need to provide a basis for why you think the Magi story is myth. Instead of just stating it without any logical context.

Anyway, you're gonna have a problem with insisting that these things are 'fairy tales' since a lot of people are going to be inclined to disagree. Time and time again you'll come and comment snarkily on a quiz to point out how obviously flawed it (or its comments) is, and yet you rarely seem to ever give an actual basis for why you think this. A conclusion is not an argument.
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level 77
Dec 21, 2017
Matthew and Luke record Mary being a virgin. John and Mark (the oldest) make no mention of it. Miraculous virgin birth not noteworthy enough to warrant a mention in the first version of the story, apparently.

My logical context for believing the Magi story is a myth is all of documented and recorded human history and everything that we have come to understand as myth. If you want a more detailed explanation of how we know stories are myths, look it up yourself this is a comments section of a trivia website not my doctoral thesis.

People are free to disagree with whatever factual statements they want as long as they're okay with being wrong.
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level 73
Sep 5, 2018
Aesthus - your stories are not proof that Jesus existed and his mother was a virgin. I can write a story right now about anything I like - it doesn't make the content historical fact.

The burden of proof is on you to prove these fantastical stories, not on non-believers to disprove them

And I've no idea what your whole last paragraph was about - argumentum ad populum is a logical fallacy and Kal wasn't complaining that the quiz is flawed
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level 30
Nov 5, 2018
kalbahamut, they are facts. For school I am reading a book that I believe would make anyone believe that Jesus IS real, the entire book talks about how there is no possible way things like the theory of evolution could exist. The logic in that book makes the theory of evolution look like bogus, it is bogus, and for those of you reading this comment and asking yourself, What the heck is the theory of evolution, the theory of evolution is the belief that life began as a chance combination of nonliving chemicals. his mother WAS Mary, and he WAS born in Bethlehem AND THERE IS A JESUS
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level 73
Nov 7, 2018
HP - that is a ridiculous argument already dealt with above and you clearly don't have the slightest understanding of the subject - abiogenesis and evolution are not the same.
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level 77
Dec 8, 2018
HP: I've read such books. Then I read some better ones and figured out I was wrong and these books I had previously read were peddling nonsense. Good luck to you.
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level 50
Dec 8, 2018
Evolution is fact, plain and simple, it has been proven so thoroughly that the Pope himself has come out and stated that it is the Church's standing that the only logical explanation for life on this planet is evolution. This statement was made during some religious summit in Europe a few years back. Anyone who believes they can disprove evolution because ,"It's only a theory", has no idea what a scientific theory is, they have no understanding of how science works, or the lengths that it took for the scientists to prove the hypothesis so well and in so much detail with so much evidence that it became fact.
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level 61
Dec 10, 2018
@Vaggaboned. Evolution is a theory, plain and simple, and a poor one at that. Darwin himself admitted that there were problems with his theory. There has been no scientific evidence provided by anyone to prove, without a doubt, that the theory of evolution is fact. I challenge you to provide such evidence. The scientific community has latched onto this because it gives them a way to explain away the idea of a creator.
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level 73
Dec 11, 2018
Yes, evolution is a scientific theory which, if you had actually read the above posts, you might realise does not have the same meaning as a non-scientific theory.

Evolution is well supported by a huge amount of scientific evidence which you can easily Google yourself if you would care to take your head out of the sand
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level 77
Dec 25, 2018
Evolution is as much a scientific fact as Newton's laws of motion. It is supported and proven by mountains of evidence. It is fundamental to literally everything that we understand about Biology. The theory of Evolution is actually much better supported than, say, the theory of Gravity. Ctleng, as usual, you don't know what you're talking about. Get started here, or here
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level 38
Dec 11, 2013
Thank you Jose Feliciano.
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level 44
Dec 8, 2014
Thank you for an enjoyable quiz! Howevevr, may I suggest one slight improvement? The O, Tannenbaum question should rather be "What is the first line of the English lyrics to the German carol O, Tannenbaum?". If you want to keep the question in its current form, you should also accept the literar translation "O, fir tree".
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level 58
Mar 28, 2015
To say nothing of "The Red Flag".
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level 25
Jun 20, 2015
Well, here in Denmark, Santa lives on Greenland, which in my oppinion is just as good an answear as the North Pole.
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level 67
Oct 18, 2015
I suppose the 'North Pole' doesn't belong to any country it is seen as neutral territory whereas Greenland is Danish.
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level 51
Dec 11, 2015
While 78 is of course acceptable, i would argue partridge and a pear tree being two gifts :3
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level 76
Dec 2, 2018
Dunno if agree. The present is "a partridge in a pear tree." A bit like a saying a diamond ring would be two presents. Or a dozen roses is twelve presents + the vase?
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level 61
Dec 10, 2018
If this gift were being advertised on TV, there would need to be a disclaimer in fine print that reads, "pear tree not included."
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level 82
Dec 11, 2015
Sugar plumS. I guessed "sugar plum fairies". Again when I try to guess it the plural is required, every time I add the plural s it's in front of the next question and I need to delete it. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.
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level 62
Dec 11, 2015
JESUS WAS BORN IN NAZARETH!!!!!!!!!!!
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level 27
Dec 12, 2015
Have you not read the bible. He lived in Nazareth but was born in Bethlehem where his father Joseph came from
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level 76
Aug 7, 2016
Though some speculate that, if he existed, he was probably actually born in Nazareth. Don't take the Bible as... well... gospel truth I suppose.
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level 67
Dec 13, 2015
No need to shout, even if you are wrong.
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level 77
Dec 20, 2017
Were they having a sale on exclamation points?

It's not known where Jesus was born. If he was a real man, the Nativity story was not recorded until many decades after he was born. There are no records of his life. Popular Christian tradition holds that he was born in Bethlehem. However, there is speculation that he was born in Nazareth as he is identified in Mark as Jesus the Nazorean. Nazorean is similar to the title Nazarene, meaning someone from Nazareth.
Critics of this theory point out that in the original Greek Nazorean and Nazarene are distinct terms, and also that there is evidence Nazareth was uninhabited during the 1st century, so it's doubtful there were any practicing carpenters starting families there at the time. Nobody knows from whence a Nazorean would come. Probably whatever small Palestinian village Jesus was said to be from has been lost forever to history.
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level 51
Dec 20, 2017
Of all the things you go after, this one seems kind of odd to me. Why are you so intent on proving that a historical figure who you often say doesn't even exist at all was born in one tiny Judean city instead of another one nearby? I'm sure you wouldn't call yourself American...but you were born here. I have friends who would call themselves Ghanan though they're from Cote d'Ivoire, Georgian though they're from Texas, and Russian though they're from the United States. Even I was born miles away from where I live; that doesn't stop myself from using my current city's demonym. Of course Jesus was identified as a Nazarene/Nazorean; he lived there for much of his life, just not the first two years.

Additionally, 'there are no records of his life'? There are four gospels, about twenty other books in the Bible that reference him as a real historical figure, and a number of non-Christian materials from around the time of his life. Though expecting records for a...
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level 51
Dec 20, 2017
...supposedly random person who probably (according to you) wasn't even real is rather unreasonable. It was the first century AD. They didn't exactly keep a record of every person who ever lived.
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level 77
Dec 21, 2017
Aesthus your delusions of persecution make it very difficult to understand anything I say on this subject. I'm not intent on proving anything. I'm soberly discussing what the scholarly consensus is. And yes I'm American that's what it says on my passport.

religious texts are not historical records. There are precisely zero non-Biblical accounts of Jesus. Zero. None. Nada. Zilch. And yes expecting documented evidence for a person who wasn't real is unreasonable, that's true. Not having any such documentation is what we would expect in the event of a person not being real.

It remains the popular scholarly consensus that Jesus was in fact a flesh and blood man (even if obviously the Gospels are not accurate). It's my personal opinion that Jesus was a real person. I've stated both things many times. You are obviously too emotionally invested in this topic to even hear what I'm saying about it.
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level 67
Dec 8, 2018
I don't know where you're sourcing your information kalb, but this time I believe you are not correct. If you mean to say that there are no accounts of Jesus written during his purported lifetime, that is accurate. However, there are at least 2 non-Biblical historic references to Jesus that treat him as a real person: one from the Jewish historian Josephus and one from Roman historian Tacitus. Though Wikipedia is of course not an ironclad source, their article on this subject covers both of these references in detail and contends that the historicity of Jesus is commonly accepted. This article by The Guardian also sums up the historical evidence pretty well. Of particular note is that no one in that time period seems to have questioned his existence.
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level 77
Dec 8, 2018
I'm very familiar with those (brief, passing) references kenpo. It's likely that they are interpolations added to the texts later by Christians (especially the one from Josephus). Even if we assume that they are not, in both cases, the references only mention what was believed by Christians at the time they were written. They are hearsay. They do not reference any primary sources. Neither man claims to have met Jesus. One of these references (if it was not a later interpolation) was written in 94 AD. The other in 116 AD. A minimum of SIXTY years after Jesus' alleged death. And both are simply writing down what Christians believed.
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level 77
Dec 8, 2018
This would be very much the equivalent of me writing: I traveled to Mecca. I visited the Kabaa, a brick house built by the Prophet Abraham. It was in this city that the Prophet Muhammad was born, and nearby where he received revelations from God.
I could write that. It would reflect my experience. It doesn't count as evidence that Muhammad existed in the 500s, or that Abraham visited Mecca. It's only evidence that Muslims exist today, along with an account of what those Muslims believe and what I was told when I was in Mecca.
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level 59
Dec 20, 2017
Then why isn't there a song, "O, Little Town of Nazareth" ??
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level 30
Nov 5, 2018
Read all the Jesus chapters in the Bible, he was born in Bethlehem, Joseph and Mary were in Bethlehem because all of the citizens of Bethlehem had to come there to be counted for taxes, Joseph was a citizen of Bethlehem, so he had to bring his pregnant wife with him, Mary had Jesus while they were there, and he grew up in Nazareth. If I remember correctly.
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level 77
Dec 8, 2018
There was no such census being conducted that year and even if there were, no Roman census ever compelled citizens to travel to the land of their ancestors to be counted. You don't even know the details of your own mythology accurately. Christian tradition holds that Joseph had to come to Bethlehem because he was a descendant of David, and David was from Bethlehem. Joseph was not a resident or citizen of Bethlehem. Christian tradition holds that he and his family resided in Nazareth. (and then the Gospels contradict themselves on what he did afterward- either going back to Nazareth or fleeing to Egypt. Sort of the same way that Spider-Man with Tobey Maguire and The Amazing Spider-Man with Andrew Garfield differ on how Peter Parker is able to shoot webs and swing between buildings. Because these are works of fiction, not historical accounts.)
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level 73
Jan 18, 2019
Read the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Arthur left Earth because the Vogons were about to destroy it to make way for an intergalactic bypass and Ford Prefect is actually an alien from somewhere near Betelgeuse. Trillian escaped Earth because she had already eloped with Zaphod. If I remember correctly.
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level 37
Dec 12, 2015
I'm a little sad that 'Sinterklaas' doesn't work for St. Nicholas. Also, 'Maria Magdalena' for Mary. I honestly couldn't come up with Mary for Maria.
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level 66
Dec 13, 2015
You may need to check who 'Maria Magdalena' was.
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level 67
Dec 13, 2015
And you should really do the 'Dutch Christmas Quiz'.
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level 38
Dec 11, 2017
"Santa Claus" and "Sinterklaas", are both based on Saint Nicholas. But "Sinterklaas" is celebrated on December 5th in Dutch countries; That is the day that "Sinterklaas" and his helper, "Zwarte Piet" distribute gifts to the children, thus preserving December 25th as a purely religious holiday.
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level 32
Apr 1, 2016
I feel like Tim Cratchit should be an acceptable answer in place of Tiny Tim as that is his surname.
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level 67
Aug 23, 2019
You are technically correct... The best kind of correct!
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level 76
Jul 7, 2016
There weren't three kings/wise men. There were an undisclosed number of wise men (more than one and less than 150 million, which is the number of men believed to be alive at the time) who collectively brought three types of gifts.
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level 51
Dec 20, 2017
There probably were. If I told you I got three gifts from different people on Christmas, how many people do you think were there? Twenty? Two? I rest my case.
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level 76
Jul 10, 2018
So three guys made an epic journey by themselves? Historically speaking, it was likely a caravan with a great number of people in it. There's no requirement that every single one of them present a gift. It was more than acceptable for the group to present three gifts, or even one.
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level 73
Nov 12, 2018
Historically speaking it likely didn't happen
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level 50
Dec 8, 2018
I would go with definitely did not happen, it's just a work of fiction and not even an original work of fiction. The bible is just a fictional account of people who may or may not have existed at the time, but the stories in it are without a doubt fictional stories that were stolen from other people's fictional stories and passed off as original.
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level 73
Jan 18, 2019
Are you replying to me?

I was responding directly to sumguy's post - "Historically speaking, it was likely a caravan..."
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level 33
Feb 16, 2017
In Spanish instead of saying 'Bethlehem', we say Belén
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level 68
Nov 10, 2017
Would you accept atheist for who tried to steal Christmas? ;)
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level 38
Dec 11, 2017
You can steal Christmas to your heart's content, as it is a pagan celebration of some minor god's birthday to which Jesus' birth was tacked on by the Roman Church in order to lull them into Christianity. Not only was Jesus likely born in October, or late September, not December, but he commanded his apostles at the Last Supper to commemorate his death (do this in remembrance of me), NOT his birth!
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level 59
Dec 20, 2017
I'd always heard it was spring, because of the shepherds watching their flocks by night, which they only did during spring lambing season.
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level 67
Aug 23, 2019
So what your saying is that the christians stole Christmas first. sounds about right
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level 77
Dec 20, 2017
While some neo-pagans and other non-Christians have tried to reclaim (not steal) Christmas... I think atheists are content to share the holiday with everyone if they want anything to do with it at all.
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level 67
Aug 23, 2019
Agreed, I'm an atheist and I like Christmas for the gift giving and celebration. but I'm not gonna tell christians not to celebrate the birth of their messiah. happy to share the holiday
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level 77
Dec 20, 2017
Are you using "atheist" as a stand-in for Macy's and Madison Avenue?
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level 30
Nov 5, 2018
They could do that, but the movie How The Grinch Stole Christmas is a widely known cartoon movie released in 1966, and they have also released a non-animated one in 2000, and they are also releasing another cartoon this year, in just a few days actually. So that is at least my opinion why the answer isn't 'atheist'
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level 73
Nov 9, 2018
It was a joke
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level 76
Dec 2, 2018
Only a joke to people with a sense of humour :P
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level 57
Dec 20, 2017
I tried three spellings of "Tim Cratchit", which is his name. That should be an acceptable answer to the "Tiny Tim" question too.
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level 69
Dec 8, 2018
Taking the quizzes is good brain exercise and entertainment, but reading the comments is even better!
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level 47
Dec 8, 2018
78? Nope. 364. The math works it out. https://www.intmath.com/blog/mathematics/the-twelve-days-of-christmas-how-many-presents-1686
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level 49
Dec 8, 2018
Incorrect. The question is 'how many gifts were given on the 12th day', not 'how many were given from day 1 to day 12'. This bit of minutiae is something I'm a proponent of, making more of it than justified, I know. I maintain the song is a running list of what the True Love had already given plus the new gift of the day. By my view there were not 12 partridges in pear trees given over 12 days but just the one, and it just gets rehashed 11 times.
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level 76
Dec 9, 2018
I always wondered how the recipient was going to feed and care for all those drummers, pipers, lords,ladies, maids, and animals? (I'm assuming the humans were there only for the day, like a singing telegram.)
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level 73
Dec 23, 2018
I thought you believe in the Noah story though?

Actually, thinking about it, from memory your comments seem to indicate that you tend to follow the good messages (eg ‘love your neighbour’) and are willing to ignore the parts which you don’t think send a good message so I guess you’re not a literalist?
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level 62
Dec 9, 2018
Also Mr. Burns stole Christmas from 1981 to 1985.
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level 70
Sep 16, 2019
Serbian versin of Santa - Father Christmas is Brother Christmas. Fun fact.