Do you think you know everything about Christmas and Hanukkah?  Think again: you might learn something new!  Here is what Ellis high school students and faculty guessed (correct answers in bold):

 

True or False:

1. Hanukkah is basically Jewish Christmas.

      True – 12%

      False – 88%

2. Hanukkah is in the Jewish Bible (Old Testament).

      True – 33%

      False – 67%

3. Half of the 25 best-selling Christmas songs (including “Let it snow!”, “Winter Wonderland”, and “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”) were written by Jewish composers.

      True – 70%

      False – 30%

 

Names and Meanings:

1. Where does the name “Santa Claus” come from?

      a. Santa Clara, a city in California – 0%

      b. Saint Kardashian West – 0%

      c. Saint Nicholas – 100%

2. What is another name for Hanukkah?

a. “Festival of Feasts” – 0%

      b. “Festival of Lights” – 93%

c. “Hanukkiah” – 2%

      d. “Menorah” – 5%

3. Christmas is frequently abbreviated as Xmas because…

      a. The ‘cross’ is a Christian symbol. – 39%

      b. X is the Greek letter “chi” which is an abbreviation for “Christ” in Greek – 61%

c. 5 is Roman numeral X which represents the number of days in between the day after Christmas and the day before New Year’s Eve. – 0%

4. What does the word “Hanukkah” mean?

      a. Dedication – 17%

b. Food – 0%

      c. Jewish Christmas – 2%

      d. The lights – 81%

5. What does the word “Christmas” mean?

      a. Birth of Christ – 88%

      b. Christian Hanukkah – 2%

      c. Death of Christ – 10%

 

 

Other Trivia:

1. What type of tree is a Christmas tree?

      a. American fringe – 2%

      b. Cedar – 2%

      c. Fir, pine, or spruce – 97%

d. Palm – 0%

2. Why do some Jews give presents on Hanukkah?

      a. So they don’t feel left out on Christmas.

      b. The tradition of giving “gelt” (little chocolate coins) on Hanukkah escalated as Christmas became increasingly commercialized. – 100%

3. Which one of these items is NOT a Hanukkah-related item?

      a. Dreidel (spinning top) – 3%

      b. Latke (potato pancake) – 7%

      c. Shofar (ram’s horn) – 56%

d. Sufganiyot (jelly donut) – 34%

4. What do people eat for Christmas in Japan?

      a. Christmas-inspired sushi – 8%

      b. KFC – 29%

c. McDonalds – 4%

      d. Nothing in particular – 59%

 

Did you find any of these results interesting?  Tell us what you think!  E-mail me: hammeri@theellisschool.org