1. There is a competing claim of who was the first president of the United States to have a Christmas tree at the White House. Which presidents compete for this claim?
a. Pierce and Harrison
b. Washington and Adams
c. Lincoln and Grant
d. Jefferson and Jackson
2. Which President of the United States banned Christmas trees from the White House?
b. Rooseveldt (Teddy)
c. Van Buren
(C) New York City
Santa Claus is based on a real person, St. Nikolas of Myra (also known as Nikolaos the Wonderworker, Bishop Saint Nicholas of Smyrna, and Nikolaos of Bari), who lived during the fourth century. Born in Patara (in modern-day Turkey), he is the world’s most popular non-Biblical saint, and artists have portrayed him more often than any other saint except Mary. He is the patron saint of banking, pawnbroking, pirating, butchery, sailing, thievery, orphans, royalty, and New York City.
Grossman, John. 2008. Christmas Curiosities: Odd, Dark, and Forgotten Christmas. New York, NY: Stewart, Tabori & Chang