Winter Candelabras: Quiz Time!

Several Swedish candelabras light up my big, Pacific NW-style windows over the Christmas season. Their bright, red color and white lights give my over-sized windows a feeling of coziness that’s missing the rest off the year. This past weekend, I reluctantly took them down and put them away with the rest of the Christmas decorations. My youngest daughter commiserated with me. “The house seems so sad without them!” she moaned.

A friend, who had walked past my house during the holidays, told me that her son was asking her if my candelabras “meant anything.” It’s a great question, and it got me thinking. How much do we all know about the various candelabras that are used during the winter season?

Test your knowledge with this small quiz! Answers, and more details will follow next Sunday. Think how smart you’ll be next year when the holidays roll around again!

1. How many candles are in a Swedish candelabra?

  • 5
  • 7
  • 3
  • can be any of the above (or a different number) , but usually 5 or 7

2. How many candles are in a hanukkiya (Hanukkah candelabra)?

  • 5
  • 7
  • 9
  • Varies by family

3. How many candles are in a kinara (Kwanzaa candelabra)?

  • 5
  • 7
  • 9
  • Varies by family

4. Which candelabra’s candles symbolize a miracle that took place in 165 BC?

  • Swedish
  • Hanukkah
  • Kwanzaa
  • None of the above

5. Which candelabra is NOT used to help celebrate a religious holiday?

  • Swedish
  • Hanukkah
  • Kwanzaa
  • None of the above: all of the holidays celebrated are religious in nature.

6. Which candelabra includes a candle that is used only to light the other candles?

  • Swedish
  • Hanukkah
  • Kwanzaa
  • None of the above

7. Which candelabra is the only one to be lit all at once?

  • Swedish
  • Hanukkah
  • Kwanzaa
  • None of the above: all of them are lit one day at a time.

8. Which candelabra’s candles are red, black, and green?

  • Swedish
  • Hanukkah
  • Kwanzaa
  • None of the above: all of them use white candles

9. Which candelabra’s candles have symbolic meaning based on their color?

  • Swedish
  • Hanukkah
  • Kwanzaa
  • All of the above

10. What game is often played while Hanukkah candles are burning?

  • Charades
  • Dreidl
  • Twenty Questions
  • No games are played: this is a solemn event

Thanks for playing! How do you think you did? See you next Sunday with the answers and a little more explanation of the different celebrations!

About Sonja Anderson

I write novels and picture books for children, and occasionally an article or short story for adults, too. I grew up in Ohio, and I have lived in Chicago, Connecticut, Boston, Tokyo, and Seattle. The beautiful Pacific Northwest inspires me every day.
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2 Responses to Winter Candelabras: Quiz Time!

  1. Cinda Lium says:

    I didn’t know any of them ~(in my defense, born Norwegian, and grew up Presbyterian!)

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    • Don’t feel bad, Cinda! To tell you the truth, one of the reasons why I put the quiz out there was because I didn’t know any of the answers either, except for the one about how many candles were in the Hanukkah candelabra. When my friend asked me about my Swedish one, I realized that I didn’t really know much about any of the holiday candelabras, but I wanted to find out!

      Thanks for playing along!

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