Quiz: Historical Holiday Fallacies: How much do you know (wrong)?
Historical Holiday Fallacies: How much do you know (wrong)?
By: Staff
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About This Quiz

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 some real treats that might surprise you. The holidays will never be the same!

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Thanksgiving Day officially started in 1621 when a group of colonists and Native Americans shared a harvest feast together.
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The first, unofficial Thanksgiving meal between the colonists and Native Americans did not feature pumpkin pies or desserts of any kind.
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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.
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Every year, the U.S. Supreme Court spares the lives of a few turkeys by issuing an official pardon.
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After the American Revolution, Christmas wasn’t a very popular holiday because it reminded the American settlers of the English traditions they had fled.
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A Christmas tree spends 15 years growing before it’s ready to be cut down and sold.
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Eggnog was a traditional drink created by the Celts to celebrate the winter solstice.
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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.
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The Salvation Army has had an army of Santa-suited bell ringers since the late 1800s.
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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.
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Julius Caesar started the tradition of celebrating the new year on Jan. 1.
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Eating pork on New Year’s Day may help you get out of your rut.
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Valentine’s Day was first celebrated by sweethearts who procrastinated and were trying to make up for not buying their darlings a Christmas gift.
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The first green river created for Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration caused a stink.
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Easter eggs represent spring and new birth.
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The traditional Fourth of July song “Yankee Doodle” was originally sung by British soldiers to mock Americans during the Revolutionary War.
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Halloween originated in the Catholic Church as a way to honor deceased saints and martyrs.
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The traditional Halloween jack-o'-lantern was born from an Irish tale about a fellow named Stingy Jack.
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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.
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