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Step back in time and immerse yourself in the enchanting tale of Christmas with our History of Christmas Quiz! Journey through centuries of traditions, unraveling the historical tapestry that weaves together the festive season. From ancient celebrations to the emergence of iconic customs, explore the evolution of Christmas.

Learn about the origins of mistletoe, the significance of Yule logs, and the birth of beloved carols. This quiz is a captivating exploration of the historical milestones that have shaped the way we celebrate Christmas today. Embrace the spirit of the season with a deeper understanding of its rich and diverse history!
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History of Christmas Questions and Answers

  • 1. 

    Where did the Christmas tree tradition originate?

    • A.

      England

    • B.

      Mr. Hansen's woodworking shop

    • C.

      Germany

    • D.

      United States

    Correct Answer
    C. Germany
    Explanation
    The Christmas Tree originated in Germany in the 16th century. It was common for the Germanic people to decorate fir trees, both inside and out, with roses, apples, and colored paper. It is believed that Martin Luther, the Protestant reformer, was the first to light a Christmas tree with candles. While coming home one dark winter's night near Christmas, he was struck with the beauty of the starlight shining through the branches of a small fir tree outside his home. He duplicated the starlight by using candles attached to the branches of his indoor Christmas tree. The Christmas tree was not widely used in Britain until the 19th century. It was brought to America by the Pennsylvania Germans in the 1820s.

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  • 2. 

    Whence the poinsettia?

    • A.

      Holland

    • B.

      Ms. Pye's science lab

    • C.

      Israel

    • D.

      Mexico

    Correct Answer
    D. Mexico
    Explanation
    Poinsettias are native to Mexico. They were named after America's first ambassador to Mexico, Joel Poinsett. He brought the plants to America in 1828. The Mexicans in the eighteenth century thought the plants were symbolic of the Star of Bethlehem. Thus the Poinsettia became associated with the Christmas season. The actual flower of the poinsettia is small and yellow. But surrounding the flower are large, bright red leaves, often mistaken for petals.

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  • 3. 

    Gingerbread houses were invented in?

    • A.

      14th century

    • B.

      13th century

    • C.

      20th century

    • D.

      16th century

    Correct Answer
    D. 16th century
    Explanation
    Gingerbread houses were invented in the 16th century. This is when gingerbread became popular in Europe and bakers started creating elaborate structures out of gingerbread dough. The tradition of making gingerbread houses during Christmas time also began during this period.

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  • 4. 

    Is the abbreviation "Xmas" disrespectful?

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    • C.

      It depends 

    Correct Answer
    B. No
    Explanation
    This abbreviation for Christmas is of Greek origin. The word for Christ in Greek is Xristos. During the 16th century, Europeans began using the first initial of Christ's name, "X" in place of the word Christ in Christmas as a shorthand form of the word. Although the early Christians understood that X stood for Christ's name, later Christians who did not understand the Greek language mistook "Xmas" as a sign of disrespect.

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  • 5. 

    Jingle Bells' was always a Christmas song

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The given statement is incorrect. "Jingle Bells" is not exclusively a Christmas song. It was originally written and composed for Thanksgiving and was titled "One Horse Open Sleigh." Over time, it became associated with Christmas due to its festive and joyful nature. However, the song does not specifically mention Christmas or any Christmas-related themes. Therefore, the correct answer is False.

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  • 6. 

    The Cany Cane legend says that it originated with a candy maker from...

    • A.

      Belgium

    • B.

      Indiana

    • C.

      Switzerland

    • D.

      Mrs. Macario's cooking class

    Correct Answer
    B. Indiana
    Explanation
    Candy canes have been around for centuries, but it wasn't until around 1900 that they were decorated with red stripes and bent into the shape of a cane. They were sometimes handed out during church services to keep the children quiet. In the late 1800s, a candy maker in Indiana wanted to express the meaning of Christmas through a symbol made of candy. He came up with the idea of bending one of his white candy sticks into the shape of a Candy Cane.

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  • 7. 

    In Frosty the Snowman, what was the name of the magician with the "Magic Hat"?

    • A.

      Mr. Audia

    • B.

      Ms Shanks

    • C.

      Professor Hinkle

    • D.

      Ms Primrose

    Correct Answer
    C. Professor Hinkle
    Explanation
    Professor Hinkle is the correct answer because in the story of Frosty the Snowman, Professor Hinkle is the magician who owns the "Magic Hat". He is known for his attempts to steal the hat back from Frosty and his involvement in the adventures of Frosty and the children.

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  • 8. 

    What is the origin of the Christmas carol “Jingle Bells”? 

    • A.

      It was originally a Thanksgiving song

    • B.

      It was always a Christmas song

    • C.

      It was originally a birthday song

    • D.

      It was originally a New Year’s song

    Correct Answer
    A. It was originally a Thanksgiving song
    Explanation
    “Jingle Bells” was originally written and composed for Thanksgiving and was titled “One Horse Open Sleigh.” Over time, it became associated with Christmas due to its festive and joyful nature. However, the song does not specifically mention Christmas or any Christmas-related themes.

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  • 9. 

    In the song "The Twelve Days Of Christmas", what did my true love send me on the eleventh day?

    • A.

      Eleven Royals Roaring

    • B.

      Eleven ladies dancing

    • C.

      Eleven lords a-leaping

    • D.

      Eleven pipers piping

    Correct Answer
    D. Eleven pipers piping
    Explanation
    In the song "The Twelve Days Of Christmas", my true love sent me eleven pipers piping on the eleventh day. This is because the song is about a series of gifts that the narrator receives from their true love on each of the twelve days of Christmas. On the eleventh day, the gift is eleven pipers piping, which refers to a group of musicians playing the bagpipes.

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  • 10. 

    What is the origin of the tradition of sending Christmas cards? 

    • A.

      England 

    • B.

      France

    • C.

      Germany 

    • D.

      United States 

    Correct Answer
    A. England 
    Explanation
    The tradition of sending Christmas cards originated in England in 1843. Sir Henry Cole, a civil servant and entrepreneur, and his friend John Horsley, an artist, are credited with creating the first Christmas card. The idea was to make it easier for people to send holiday greetings without having to write a personal letter to each recipient. The tradition caught on and spread to other countries over the years. Today, sending Christmas cards is a popular way to share holiday cheer with friends and family around the world.

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