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TableTopics Family Gathering - Build a bridge across generations with memorable conversation starters that are perfect for any family gathering. Christmas Trivia: Stories, Weird Facts & Folklore Behind Holiday Traditions from Around the World. Chanukah Box Of Questions - open-ended Hanukkah conversation starters. Thanksgiving Box of Questions; Celebrate Your Family Values - Harvest A New Thanksgiving Tradition.

TableTopics Family Gathering
by TableTopics

Build a bridge across generations with memorable conversation starters that are perfect for any family gathering. More than just a family question game, TableTopics Family Gathering Edition will help you start a new tradition around the "extended" family table and give young and old alike a chance to share. These questions are designed to encourage conversations between grandparents and grandchildren, aunts and uncles with their nieces and nephews, all the cousins too; the whole family. It's perfect for reunions, holiday gatherings and special family events.

TableTopics Family Gathering


The first president to decorate the white house Christmas tree in the United States was Franklin Pierce.

Electric lights for trees were first used in 1895.

The first Christmas cards were vintage and invented in the Victorian Era.

"It's a Wonderful Life" appears on TV more often than any other holiday movie.

"Rudolph" was actually created by Montgomery Ward in the late 1930's for a holiday promotion. The rest is history.

"The Nutcracker" is the most famous Christmas ballet.

"Jingle Bells" was first written for Thanksgiving and then became one of the most popular Christmas songs.

If you received all of the gifts in the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas", you would receive 364 presents.

The poinsettia plant was brought into the United States from Mexico by Joel Poinsett in the early 1800's.

Holly berries are poisonous.

Contrary to common belief, poinsettia plants are non-toxic.

In 1843, "A Christmas Carol" was written by Charles Dickens in just six weeks.

The first state to recognize the Christmas holiday officially was Alabama

Christmas became a national holiday in America on June, 26, 1870.

Coca Cola was the first beverage company to use Santa for a winter promotion.

An angel told Mary she was going to have a baby.

In Greek, X means Christ. That is where the word "X-Mas" comes from. Not because someone took the "Christ' out of Christmas.

Traditionally, Christmas trees are taken down after Epiphany.

More diamonds are sold around Christmas than any other time of the year

Christmas Trivia

Everyone enjoys the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping and decorating. Children love to write letters to Santa and get a reply with an envelope stamped "North Pole". But even more fascinating is the origins of many of our beloved Christmas traditions.

Exchanging Gifts: In ancient times holiday meals were shared with family, friends, and the poor. It was believed that in order to have a prosperous year, one must not be selfish for to hoard what they already had would guarantee that they would never be blessed with more. This is why we exchange gifts today.

Tree decorating: In olden times trees represented life triumphant over death. The Romans trimmed trees with trinkets, candles, and toys. The Druids tied polished apples and other offerings on tree branches. In Munich, even trees in cemeteries were decked with holly and mistletoe. Therefore, the evergreen tree, which decorates our homes today, has come to signify the ever living Christ.

Yule Logs: The ancient Druids and other cultures believed that the sparks from a burning log carried their wishes for a prosperous New Year to the gods. Today, fireplaces with burning logs recapture this ancient custom with the belief that the firelight is symbolic of the light that came from Heaven when Christ was born.

Candles: In England, large candles were burned in conjunction with the yule log. In America today, the candles represent the Star of Bethlehem.

Holly: The Druids believed that holly was favored by the sun because it was always green. Today holly represents the ever living Christ. The white flowers, purity; the red berries, his blood; the leaves, his crown of thorns, and the bitter bark, his sorrow.

Mistletoe: Comes from a Norse legend. Freyja, a goddess, had arranged for her son to be protected from all earthly dangers. When he was shot with an arrow made from mistletoe, Freyja made mistletoe promise never to harm anyone ever again. So today, mistletoe is a symbol of peace and love. It's winter blossoms bring promise of bounty for the coming spring.

Caroling: In Scandinavian custom, every Christmas, a party was given to the god Thor, represented by a goat. After much singing and dancing the goat would pretend to die and return to life. Today, carolers go from door to door singing and this represents the life of Christ.

Santa Claus: Santa actually started out as a version of Poseidon, Greek god of the sea. Sailors feared him because he could bring terrible storms or grant them safe journeys. Because he could save them from angry waters, he became known as "giver of all good things". Due to the rise of Christianity, the old custom was changed to honor Nicholas of Myra, an Asian bishop. Nicholas wore red clothing, rode a white horse who could fly, and delivered gifts anonymously. Today, he is Santa with his flying reindeer!

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Author: Marilyn Pokorney
Freelance writer of science, nature, animals and the environment. Also loves crafts, gardening, and reading.


Bathroom Book of Christmas Trivia: Stories, Weird Facts & Folklore Behind Holiday Traditions from Around the World [Paperback]
Lisa Wojna (Author)

Christmas--a time of peace on Earth and goodwill towards all--is also a time of gift-buying craziness and rampant commercialism. How did we get from the birth of Jesus to department store Santas? Read about the traditions and superstitions surrounding one of our most important holidays, and learn how other cultures celebrate the season: ...

Bathroom Book of Christmas Trivia: Stories, Weird Facts & Folklore Behind Holiday Traditions from Around the World

Christmas Trivia
by Imagination

Five categories test your knowledge of carols, movies, the North Pole, traditions and stocking stuffers. Small enough to go anywhere, there are no complex rules or pieces. 1200 trivia questions, most trivia fun for your dollar. Family fun for everyone.

Christmas Trivia

Chanukah Box Of Questions
by Melissa & Doug

It doesn't take a miracle, just great questions, to keep your family and friends gathered around the holiday table. Share holiday memories and create a new tradition with these open-ended Hanukkah conversation starters.

Chanukah Box Of Questions

Thanksgiving Box of Questions
by The Box Girls

The Thanksgiving Box of Questions™ ($19.95) Celebrate Your Family Values - Harvest A New Thanksgiving Tradition Perfect hostess gift and a great way to involve everyone at the family gathering! Long ago people gathered together for hearfelt talks with family and friends passing along stories and traditions to one another. In these hectic times have we forgotten the joys of what makes a good conversation? The Thanksgiving Box of Questions™ is designed to make this Thanksgiving for you and your family the most special ever. Use The Thanksgiving Box of Questions™ to help you connect with your loved ones in a more meaningful way. This year exchange ideas dialogue and bond with your family and friends like never before.

Thanksgiving Box of Questions




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