The Christmas Quiz - the answers

Part One – Incidental Christmases in Children’s Books

What's the title of the book and who's the author?

1. Some pictures of Father Christmas in our world make him look only funny and jolly. But now the children actually stood looking at him, they didn’t find it quite like that.

The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, C S Lewis

2. "You know the reason Mother proposed not having any presents this Christmas was because it is going to be a hard winter for everyone; and she thinks we ought not to spend money for pleasure, when our men are suffering so in the army.”

Meg in Little Women, Louisa May Alcott

3. Written in narrow, loopy writing he had never seen before were the following words:

Your father left this in my possession before

he died. It is time it was returned to you.

Use it well.

A Very Merry Christmas to you

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, J K Rowling

4. Perhaps because they had been working so hard, Christmas day seemed the loveliest they had ever known. Nothing was very different from other Christmases, but somehow it seemed a particularly gay day. Their stockings bulged when they awoke, and besides all the usual things in them, there were large white sugar pigs with pink noses and wool tails.

Ballet Shoes, Noel Streatfeild

5. As the door opened, one of the elder ones that carried the lantern was just saying, “Now then, one, two, three!” and forthwith their shrill little voices uprose on the air, singing one of the old-time carols that their forefathers composed in fields that were fallow and held by frost…

Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame

6. Those who stay awake long enough are rewarded by a momentary sound that never fails to draw a sharp intake of breath – the delicate tapping of hoofs descending on roof tiles.… But sure enough, there he is, the reindeer with no name: enormous, blind as a bat, sniffing under the TV aerial with infinite animal patience.

‘The nameless holiday’, Tales from Outer Suburbia, Shaun Tan

Part Two – Children’s Books with a Christmassy title or setting

1. “Maybe Christmas”, he thought, “doesn't come from a store.”
“Maybe Christmas... perhaps... means a little bit more!”

When the Grinch stole Christmas, Dr Seuss

2. It came right down the chimney and into the fireplace with a thump. “It’s Father Christmas!” cried one of the aunts. “No, dear,” said the other aunt, “Father Christmas does not have a tail.”

Mog’s Christmas, Judith Kerr

3. “If the fir tree is to be dressed as beautifully as possible, then it can’t be for the purpose of hiding it. The idea must be to placate the danger in some way.’ I’m beginning to understand.”

Moominpappa in ‘The Fir Tree’Tales from Moominvalley, Tove Jansson

4. “Can you tell me why Christmas trees are never allowed any fun? Never allowed to join in and dance? … Poor, poor little Christmas trees.”

Pippi in Pippi Celebrates Christmas (Pippi), Astrid Lindgren

5. Blooming chimneys. Blooming soot. Blooming cats, Blooming cookers.

Father Christmas in Father Christmas, Raymond Briggs


But it was not Father Christmas. As the bells rang loud and clear, some lights appeared over the wall of the Roman Camp. Loping towards them, seeming hardly to brush the snow with their paws, came a magnificent team of harnessed lions drawing a long sledge driven by a lady whose eyes shone like sparks of fire.

The Box of Delights
, John Masefield

7. “Hark at Ann,” said Benny. “Come on, Ann, stop dancing about and get to work. Look you can hang some of this silver tinfoil in strips all over the tree… and after that you can put bits of cotton wool on it here and there so it looks as if snow has fallen on the branches.”
“Don’t put the cotton wool on till I’ve clipped on the candles,” said Susan, busy sorting out the clips. “You mustn’t put the cotton wool near the candles, in case it catches fire.”

The Christmas Book
, Enid Blyton

It stepped cautiously nearer the fir tree,
followed by all the relations and friends
with devoutly quivering whiskers

A very happy Christmas!