Parrott & Coales Christmas Quiz

December 2013

Have fun, but if you can't wait to find out the answers we've put them at the bottom. Merry Christmas.

1.    In 1836, which was the first US state to declare Christmas a legal holiday?

2.    In 1907, which was the last US state to declare Christmas a legal holiday? Oklahoma

3.    Which year did English Parliament made Christmas illegal! Answer: 1647- Anyone caught celebrating it would be arrested. What Year was the ban lifted?

4.    Did you know... In 1822 the postal service in Washington DC was worried about the amount of Xmas mail coming in. The solution- to limit the amount of cards by law per person although this was not officially passed through. More postal men were instead hired to tackle the cards coming in.

5.    Did you know... In Britain, a tradition dating back to the 16th Century states that if a mince pie is eaten on each of the twelve days of Christmas then the next 12 months to follow will bring good luck and happiness.

6.    Did you know... Due to Christmas not being declared a legal holiday last century, this puts into context why Bob Cratchit of Dicken’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ worked for Scrooge on Christmas Day- a notion, we today, deem outrageous.

7.    True or False: In 1994 a woman sued her employers for letting her drive home under the influence of alcohol from their office Christmas party- and won! She had crashed her car and was awarded $300,000 in damages. The judge declared it was the repsonsibility of the employers to monitor their employees alcohol consumption at such events.

8.    True or False: In 2012, London restaurants had to get customers to sign liability waivers when ordering and eating christmas pudding with a silver coin or lucky token baked inside. This is because of the overwhelming amount of chipped teeth, cuts on the tongue and other mouth injuries.

   True or False: Arizona jail inmates sued the Sheriff’s department for cruel and unusual punishment- police played ‘Frosty the Snowman’ and ‘Feliz Navidad’ for 12 hours a day.

   Before Turkey, what was the traditional English Christmas dinner?


1. Alabama

2. Oklahoma

3. 1660

4. No answer required

5. No answer required

6. No answer required

7. True



10. A pigs head prepared in mustard