Festive & Fun Christmas Quiz

The winter holiday season is my favorite time of the year. I love the twinkling lights, the snowflakes, the cheerful carols, the spirit of generosity, the excitement on children’s faces, the baking, the toasting and the gathering of family and friends. I love roasting chestnuts (it is easier than you think and you do not even need an open fire – an oven will do), kissing my husband under the mistletoe, watching It is a Wonderful Life for the hundredth time, hanging lights and decorating our tree with glitter and sparkle and childlike glee.

Yes, Christmas is full of joyful rituals – and if you take this quiz you will discover where many of these traditions came from as well as what people do in other corners of the world. †Joyeux NoŽl!

 

1. Who created Rudolph, the Red-nosed Reindeer?

a. Scottish storytellers

b. Sami (Swedish) Reindeer herders

c. Montgomery Ward Department Store

d. Coke Cola


2. In Poland, people use what unusual item(s) to decorate their Christmas trees?

a. Spider webs

b. Watches and clocks

c. Colored leather

d. Animal fur and eggs

 

3. When and where did the first Christmas cards originate?

a. England/1843

b. New York City/1901

c. Italy/1543

d. France/1790

 

4. Electric tree lights were first used in what year and where?

a. 1901/Paris

b. 1882/New York City

c. 1922/Boston

d. 1939/Montreal

 

 

5. In which country was it illegal to celebrate Christmas for about 400 years?

a. Russia

b. Armenia

c. Romania

d. Scotland

 

6. The first artificial Christmas tree was made in what country and from what materials?

a. America/wire and tinsel

b. Germany/Goose feathers dyed green

c. Russia/peacock feathers and copper

d. England/blown glass, feathers and leather

 

 

7. How did the poinsettia first arrive to America?

a. By Joel Poinsett who brought it from Mexico

b. An English Lord, Lord Poinsettia, brought one via ship from South America

c. Blackbeard, the pirate, brought it from Puerto Rico

d. Spanish Explorer, Ponce de Leon, brought the plant to Florida from the Caribbean

 

8. Holly berries are poisonous. True or False?

 

9. Christmas became an official national holiday in the United States when?

a. 1778

b. 1899

c. 1942

d. 1870

 

10. Where does the abbreviation X-mas come from?

a. In Greek, the letter X means Christ

b. Atheists who wanted to take the Christ out of Christmas

c. Retailers who wanted to make Christmas a more general holiday and not just a Christian celebration

d. From the same aliens that made crop circles in the English countryside

 

 

11. When was Christmas first celebrated on December 25th?

a. 336 A.D.

b. 611 A.D.

c. 1125 A.D.

d. 1447 A.D.

 

12. In which country does an ugly, but kind, witch named Befana deliver presents to children, rather than Santa Claus?

a. Bulgaria

b. Finland

c. Italy

d. Czech Republic

 

 

13. In which American colony was it illegal at one time to celebrate Christmas?

a. Virginia

b. New York

c. Maryland

d. Massachusetts

 

14. Where did the tradition of kissing under mistletoe originate?

a. In Europe, where mistletoe was associated with fertility and love

b. Romanian gypsies who believed mistletoe to be deadly to those who did not share true love

c. Santa’s workshop. Mrs. Claus put it there to remind Santa he was still married and needed to pay attention to his wife

d. Russian noblemen would court noblewomen with a gift of mistletoe wrapped in mink fur – the women if she accepted would then kiss the nobleman on the hand.

 

 

15. A real gift-giving St. Nick existed. In which modern day country was he born?

a. Turkey

b. Greece

c. Russia

d. Wales

 

Next: Answers

1. Who created Rudolph, the Red-nosed Reindeer?

c. Montgomery Ward Department Store

The Department store crafted the story of Rudolph in 1939 as a holiday promotion – and the rest is history.

 

2. In Poland, people use what unusual item to decorate their Christmas trees?

a. Spider webs

A Polish folktale says that a spider wove a blanket for baby Jesus, hence the proclivity to decorate their Christmas trees with spiders and spider webs. Across Poland, spiders are also symbols of goodness and prosperity.

 

3. When and where were did the first Christmas cards originate?

a. England 1843

The card was created by John Calcott Horsley, who was commissioned by Sir Henry Cole, to draw a card illustrating three generations of a well-to-do family offering a toast. To the side of the family are scenes of charity where food and clothing are being given to the poor. Click†here to see an image of this card.

 

4. Electric tree lights were first used in what year?

b. 1882

The tradition of lighting a tree with candles goes back many centuries, but in 1882, the first tree was illuminated by electric lights. Edward Johnson, an assistant to Thomas Edison, hand-wired a string of red, white and blue bulbs together and then lit up a tree in New York City.

 

 

5. In which country was it illegal to celebrate Christmas for about 400 years?

d. Scotland

Christmas celebrations were banned in Scotland for almost 400 years, starting in 1647, thanks to the Presbyterian Church. People who went against the ruling suffered severe punishments and this anti-Christmas trend continued into the 20th century. Thus, today, even though the Scots do now celebrate Christmas, the most important end-of-the-year celebration in Scotland is the New Year celebration called Hogmanay.

 

6. The first artificial Christmas tree was made in what country and from what material?

b. Germany/Goose feathers dyed green

 

7. How did the poinsettia first arrive to America?

a. By Joel Poinsett who brought it from Mexico

 

8. Holly berries are poisonous. True.

 

 

9. Christmas became an official national holiday in the United States when?

d. 1870

 

10. Where does the abbreviation X-mas come from?

a. In Greek, the letter X (Xristos) means Christ.

 

11.When was Christmas first celebrated on December 25th?

a. 336 A.D.

The exact birth date of Jesus is unknown, so there are a number of theories as to why Christmas is celebrated on December 25th. One theory is that Mary was told on March 25th (the Annunciation) that she would have a special baby – and nine months from March 25th is December 25th. Another theory suggests that rather than fight the festive energy of the pagan Winter Solstice holiday, already celebrated around December 25th, the Church layered the celebration of Jesus’ birth on this day. The same has been said of the Roman festival, Saturnalia, which was also celebrated around this time, as was the birthday of the pagan Sun God, Mithra (the origin of the word Sunday).

 

12. In which country does an ugly, but kind, witch named Befana deliver Christmas presents to children?

c. Italy

In Italy, children must wait until January 6th (Epiphany) to receive presents from the witch, Befana. According to folktales, Belfana was informed by the three kings that Jesus had been born, but she delayed visiting the baby, then got lost and has been flying around every since with gifts meant for Baby Jesus. Like Santa, she slides down chimneys, then fills stockings and shoes with presents and treats.

 


13. In what American colony was it illegal at one time to celebrate Christmas?

d. Massachusetts

From 1659 to 1681, Christmas was outlawed in Boston by the Puritans.


14. Where did the tradition of kissing under mistletoe originate?

a. In Europe, where mistletoe was associated with fertility and love

Across Europe, mistletoe has long been regarded sacred and magical, as well as associated with fertility.††Mistletoe was maybe first associated with the ancient Greek Festival of Saturnalia, where people were known to kiss under mistletoe.†In Scandinavia, mistletoe was seen as a peace plant, under which enemies were encouraged to declare a truce, while feuding spouses were urged to kiss and make-up. Mistletoe was especially sacred to the Celtic Druids who used the plant in many rituals.†It was gathered by the Druids for the winter solstice, and thus the custom of using mistletoe to decorate houses at†Christmas†is a charming remnant of the Druid and other pre-Christian traditions.

15. A real St. Nick once existed. In which country was he born?

a. Turkey

Historians pinpoint modern-day Turkey as the birthplace of a Greek bishop named St. Nick nearly a thousand years ago. He had a reputation for secret gift-giving, such as putting coins in shoes left outside homes.

 

 


126 comments

Nimue Pendragon

Get off here, kkdd!

Wisteria K.
Past Member 2 years ago

Interesting

Beverly S.
Beverly S.2 years ago

That was fun and informative! Thanks for the gift of Xmas trivia : )

Tim C.
Tim C.2 years ago

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Carol P.
Carol P.2 years ago

I only knew one of these, though I did guess quite a few more correctly.

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen2 years ago

Thank you :)

Dave C.
David C.2 years ago

thank you!

Kathleen R.
Kathleen R.2 years ago

Thanks ... it was interesting & fun.

Mm M.
MmAway M.2 years ago

Ha ha...I can't help myself....The first one...here
. Who created Rudolph, the Red-nosed Reindeer?

a. Scottish storytellers

b. Sami (Swedish) Reindeer herders

c. Montgomery Ward Department Store

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Caught me...(C) how hysterical! Merry Christmas to all and to all a Good Night!
TU for the smile and test! Needed it. BYE!

Cherise U.
Cherise U.2 years ago

To be fair, I did not know most of these answers either until I researched this quiz!