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How much do you know about Christmas traditions from around the globe?

People walk in the Tuileries Gardens as a 32-foot fir Christmas tree and the Eiffel Tower are illuminated in the background in Paris December 18. (Charles Platiau/Reuters)

Know where the historical Santa Claus comes from? What Christmas song was written for Thanksgiving? Which Asian country celebrates Christmas with sponge cake? Test your knowledge about how the Christmas holidays are celebrated from the Philippines to Mexico.

- Staff writer, Staff writer

1. Which traditional Christmas song was actually written for Thanksgiving?

The song “Jingle Bells” was composed by James Lord Pierpont and published in 1857. It was first performed in a church in Savannah, Georgia, where Pierpont was an organist, though he was likely inspired by the wintry weather in his native Massachusetts when he wrote it.

The song “Jingle Bells” was composed by James Lord Pierpont and published in 1857. It was first performed in a church in Savannah, Georgia, where Pierpont was an organist, though he was likely inspired by the wintry weather in his native Massachusetts when he wrote it.

The song “Jingle Bells” was composed by James Lord Pierpont and published in 1857. It was first performed in a church in Savannah, Georgia, where Pierpont was an organist, though he was likely inspired by the wintry weather in his native Massachusetts when he wrote it.

The song “Jingle Bells” was composed by James Lord Pierpont and published in 1857. It was first performed in a church in Savannah, Georgia, where Pierpont was an organist, though he was likely inspired by the wintry weather in his native Massachusetts when he wrote it.

Deck the Hall

 

Jingle Bells

 

Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

 

Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer

 
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