Do you love celebrating holidays and think you know everything there is to know about jack-o’-lanterns, Santa Claus and St. Patrick? Test your smarts with some tricky questions and real treats that might surprise you.
Question 1 of 20
Halloween originated in the Catholic Church as a way to honor deceased saints and martyrs.
Question 2 of 20
The traditional Halloween jack-o'-lantern was born from an Irish tale about a fellow named Stingy Jack.
Question 3 of 20
Trick-or-treating dates back to early All Saints’ Day parades in England, during which children would roam their neighborhoods asking for sweet treats.
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Black cats are considered a scary sight around Halloween because they are believed to transport souls to the other side.
Question 5 of 20
Thanksgiving Day officially started in 1621 when a group of colonists and Native Americans shared a harvest feast together.
Question 6 of 20
The first, unofficial Thanksgiving meal between the colonists and Native Americans did not feature pumpkin pies or desserts of any kind.
Question 7 of 20
Thanksgiving Day parades have been around since the Civil War. From 1861 to 1865, Confederate soldiers marched through Richmond, Va., every November to celebrate Thanksgiving.
Question 8 of 20
Every year, the U.S. Supreme Court spares the lives of a few turkeys by issuing an official pardon.
Question 9 of 20
After the American Revolution, Christmas wasn’t a very popular holiday because it reminded the American settlers of the English traditions they had fled.
Question 10 of 20
A Christmas tree spends 15 years growing before it’s ready to be cut down and sold.
Question 11 of 20
Eggnog was a traditional drink created by the Celts to celebrate the winter solstice.
Question 12 of 20
The character Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer became a popular Christmas icon after the 1949 release of a song by the same name that was written by Johnny Marks.
Question 13 of 20
The Salvation Army has had an army of Santa-suited bell ringers since the late 1800s.
Question 14 of 20
Boxing Day is a holiday in the United Kingdom during which people box up all of their Christmas decorations and put them back in the attic.
Question 15 of 20
Julius Caesar started the tradition of celebrating the new year on Jan. 1.
Question 16 of 20
Eating pork on New Year’s Day may help you get out of your rut.
Question 17 of 20
Valentine’s Day was first celebrated by sweethearts who procrastinated and were trying to make up for not buying their darlings a Christmas gift.
Question 18 of 20
The first green river created for Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration caused a stink.
Question 19 of 20
Easter eggs represent spring and new birth.
Question 20 of 20