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Old 21 December 2011, 01:54 PM
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1. What South African region takes its name from the fact that Vasco da Gama first sighted it on December 25, 1497?


2. What traditional holiday item often includes a succade made of citron?

Glace fruit is used in Christmas Pudding

3. In 1906, what American author wrote, "In a last word to the wise of these days let it be said that of all who give gifts these two were the wisest"?

The Gift of the Magi by O Henry

4. How many candles are there in a Kwanzaa kinara?

Is that the Jewish candle holder? 5?

5. Dr. Christmas Jones, a nuclear physicist who wears a D-cup, is a "Bond girl" from which 007 film?

Denise Richards in The World Is Not Enough

6. In the Roman calendar, December 25 was Brumalia. What's the scientific name for the occasion marked by Brumalia?

Solstace (Solstitium?)

7. What unusual distinction is shared by all these works of art? Cassatt's Mother and Child, Degas's The Ballet Rehearsal, Manet's A Bar at the Folies-Bergere, Escher's Three Spheres, Fuseli's The Nightmare, Van Eyck's Arnolfini Wedding, Velazquez's Las Meninas, Vermeer's Woman with a Pearl Necklace.

I only know of two of these of the top of my head and they both have women looking into mirrors, so I'll guess they all have women looking into mirrors.