In these Christmas themed algebra problems from the 19th century, we try to answer questions like:
How much did eggs cost on the days before and after Christmas?
How much does the Christmas pudding weigh?
How much did a man pay for a mysteriously overpriced goose?
How can a gentleman drink his cider according to the very specific rules he is given?
I like to use these sorts of problems to get people thinking historically or use them as Global Awareness or Economic Literacy moments.