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Christmas Quiz Questions and Answers – History
We divided these Christmas quiz questions into different categories. Enjoy!
1. When was the first Christmas card printed?
1843 – a man called John Calcott Horsley printed the first Christmas card for the friend that gave him the idea, Sir Henry Cole.
2. Which country donates the Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square?
Norway – the city of Oslo, Norway, donates the Trafalgar Square Christmas tree to the people of Britain each year since 1947.
3. The first royal Christmas broadcast – which monarch made it?
It was started by The Queen’s grandfather, King George V, in 1932.
4. Who invented the Christmas cracker?
Tom Smith, a 19th-century London sweet shop owner.
5. What birds are popular on Christmas cards?
6. Shakespeare wrote a play for Elizabeth I, as a Christmas present. Which one is it?
The Merry Wives of Windsor
7. Stephen I was anointed king of a country in the year 1000, on Christmas Day. It’s:
8. What did Scottish nationalist students take from Westminster Abbey on 25th December 1950?
The Stone of Scone – on Christmas Day 1950, four students took the stone from Westminster Abbey in London back to Scotland. The 2008 film called Stone of Destiny illustrates the incident.
9. When was the first ever organised Christmas Day swim?
Christmas Day 1864 – the Boxing Day Dip is now a popular charity event that takes place each year.
10. Where did Joseph, Mary, and Jesus travel after leaving Bethlehem?
11. Who is the patron saint celebrated on the 26th of December?
12. What gifts did The Three Wise Men give Jesus on his birthday?
Gold, Myrrh, and Frankincense
13. When does the Russian Orthodox Church celebrate Christmas?
January 7th – the Russian Orthodox Church uses the old ‘Julian’ calendar for religious celebration days. Only a few Catholics might celebrate it on the 25th of December.
14. In what country was eggnog invented?
15. What were the children drinking in the first commercially produced Christmas cards by Henry Cole?
16. Who wrote the first ever king’s Christmas message?
Rudyard Kipling – he wrote the 251-word message.
17. Approximately how many people listened to the first ever Christmas wireless message?
Over 20 million – due to its success, George V continued to make an annual Christmas broadcast for the rest of his reign.
18. Who banned Christmas carols after the English Civil War in 1647?
19. Where does the name “Boxing Day” come from?
Back in the days, Boxing Day was a traditional day off for servants in which they received a ‘Christmas Box’ from their master. They would also go home on Boxing Day to give presents to their families.
20. When was Christmas first celebrated in the UK?
21. What are you supposed to do when you find yourself under the mistletoe?
Kiss – according to the well-known holiday tradition, it’s bad luck to refuse a kiss beneath the mistletoe.
22. Which famous scientist was born on Christmas Day in 1642?
23. What does ‘X’ in ‘X-Mas’ stand for?
Xristos – the Greek word for Christ.
Christmas Ornaments and Gifts
24. What ornaments do elves have on their shoes?
25. What colour are mistletoe berries?
26. How many tips do traditional snowflakes have?
27. Apart from white, red and green, what other colours are really popular on Christmas?
Gold and silver
28. What are the most two popular phrases on Christmas gift cards?
To and from
29. What is the most popular Christmas tree ornament for the tip?
30. By when should Christmas decorations come down, according to UK traditions?
By January 5th
31. What popular Christmas toy is actually based on a 20th-century political caricature?
The teddy bear – named after U.S. President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt.
32. What ancient people started the tradition of exchanging gifts?
33. What are small, cheap gifts usually called?
34. Where does the tradition to hang gifts in the Christmas tree come from?
35. Why do we give chocolate coins for Christmas?
To honour Saint Nicholas
36. How does Santa climb up the chimney after getting your presents?
Touches his nose, smiles and nods.
37. What were the first eight reindeers?
Blitzen, Comet, Cupid, Dasher, Prancer, Vixen, Dancer, and Donner
38. Which soft drinks company is the first to have ads featuring Santa?
Coca-Cola – it started in the 1920s
39. What snacks does Santa love?
Milk and cookies
40. What is Santa called in France?
41. Which reindeer name means “thunder”?
42. Which reindeer name means “lightning”?
43. Which US states have towns actually named Santa Claus?
Georgia, Arizona, and Indiana
44. Who created Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Santa’s ninth reindeer?
45. Which Saturday Evening Post artist made really funny Santa Claus pictures?
46. What is Santa called in Germany?
Broadly speaking, in the Protestant north is der Weihnachtsmann (the Christmas Man) while the Catholic south is visited by das Christkind (the Christ child).
Christmas Books, Songs and Movies
47. What is the name of Ebenezer Scrooge’s partner in A Christmas Carol?
48. Which actor got the starring role for Jingle All the Way?
49. Who wants to steal the Christmas?
50. Who wrote A Christmas Carol?
51. In the poem ‘The Night Before Christmas’, what did children have visions of?
52. What is ‘Smoking Bishop’?
A sort of mulled wine
53. What female actress stars in Miracle on 34th Street?
54. What year was ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ written?
55. Which Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale inspired the movie Frozen?
The Snow Queen
56. Who resurrected Frosty in ‘Frosty the Snowman?’
57. Why was the Grinch so mean?
His heart was two sizes too small
58. What is the biggest selling Christmas song?
59. Who said “God bless us, every one!”?
60. What sort of spirit is Clarence in It’s a Wonderful Life?
61. Where are the stockings hung in The Night before Christmas?
By the chimney
62. Who recorded Blue Christmas?
63. What reindeer is never mentioned in The Night before Christmas?
64. What 1990 movie tells the story of a boy whose house is robbed at Christmas?
65. What carol is also known as “the counting song”?
The Twelve Days of Christmas
66. What carol can you use to demand figgy pudding
We wish you a Merry Christmas
67. What carol warns you about Santa?
Santa Claus is coming to town
68. Which carol was originally named One horse open sleigh?
69. What carol has the words fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la?
Deck the halls
70. Which carol brings you tidings of comfort and joy?
God rest ye merry gentlemen
71. What carol is best sung when “the weather outside is frightful”?
Let it snow
72. What is wassailing?
The tradition of wishing neighbours a long life.
73. Which saint introduced carols in churches?
St Francis of Assisi
74. Which American holiday was the carol Jingle bells originally intended for?
75. What was the first carol broadcasted from space?
76. What words follow “Silent Night” in the song?
77. What type of pie filling is really appreciated at Christmas?
78. What holiday drink is made with milk, egg and sugar?
79. What were mince pies made with, in Victorian times?
Beef and spices
80. What fruit is usually placed in stockings?
81. What is the traditional Christmas meal in England?
Turkey with cranberry sauce and potatoes
82. What was the traditional Christmas meal in England in Victorian times?
Pig’s head and mustard
83. What was Christmas pudding originally made of?
Soup with raisins and wine
84. What Christmas cake looks like an actual log?
The Yule log
85. Which sauce is traditionally served with Christmas pudding?
Some Funny Ones
86. How does Santa keep track of all the fireplaces he’s visited?
He keeps a log book
87. What did 52% of Brits order for Christmas dinner?
88. What did the Kremlin send MI6 in their Christmas hamper?
A mince spy
89. Why is Mrs Claus always checking Santa’s phone?
He seems to know where all the naughty girls live
90. Why did Santa’s elf go in for counselling?
He suffered from low self-esteem
91. Why does Santa have three gardens?
So he can ‘ho ho ho’!
92. What goes “Oh, Oh, Oh”?
Santa walking backwards
93. Why was the snowman looking through the carrots?
He was picking his nose
94. What did Adam say the day before Christmas?
“It’s Christmas Eve”
95. What’s a dog’s favourite carol?
Bark, the herald angels sing
96. Why are Christmas trees very bad at knitting?
Because they always drop their needles
97. What is the best Christmas present?
A broken drum, you can’t beat it!
98. What is the name of Santa Claus’ headquarters?
North Pole, of course!
99. How does Santa get ready for Christmas Eve?
He puts his clothes on… duh!
100. How many candles are on the Christmas tree?
Christmas trees don’t have candles, silly! That would be too dangerous. The number of lights on the tree depends on its size.
101. What does Santa Claus like to eat on Christmas Eve?
Fish and chips!
102. How does Santa get down the chimney without falling through?
103. Which Santa’s reindeer has the same name as the god of love?