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Christmas Quizzes & Trivia

You love to receive expensive gifts but how much do you really know about why others give you such nice presents?


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 2. 
    Generally a particular personage traditional to particular regions is credited with leaving gifts. Check those you know to be the 'gift giver'.
    • A. 

      Santa Clause 'Santa'

    • B. 

      Father Christmas

    • C. 

      Saint Nicholas

    • D. 

      Kris Kringle

    • E. 

      Sinterklaas

    • F. 

      Basil the Great, "Saint Basil', Basil of Caesarea

    • G. 

      Yule Goat sans Santa

    • H. 

      The Tomte

    • I. 

      The Nisse

    • J. 

      Pere Noel

    • K. 

      Hello Sailor... you just get in?

    • L. 

      Kristkind

    • M. 

      Jultomten

  • 3. 
    The ill-advised Italians came up with a female witch who flew down chimneys to deliver gifts to the children. Her name is La Benfana. This statement is either True or False
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 4. 
    An elderly Russian woman, one Babouschka, deliberately gave frivolous directions to the Wise Men so's they couldn't find baby Jesus. Later, filled with remorse, she tried, but failed to locate the Wise Men. As a self imposed remedy, on 5 January she travels to every house and leaves gifts by the bedside of each child in the hope that one of them is Jesus. This statement is either True or False
    • A. 

      True~ Just ax any Russian kid

    • B. 

      False

  • 5. 
    In the years 1620 and 1933 both Christmas and New Years days were celebrated in the same year. This is next scheduled to happen in 2012. These statement are either Trues or False
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 6. 
    Three Wise men came from the East. They are believed to have been kings, or Magi, claiming they were guided by the Star of Bethlehem to the 'Manger'. Not many realize they had names. Check the box denoting the correct names of these three Wise Men
    • A. 

      Huey, Dewey, and the irrepressible Louis

    • B. 

      Abrahm, Monachad, and Lasseren

    • C. 

      Balthazar, Melchior, and Caspar

    • D. 

      Winar, Thoraken, and Zentor

  • 7. 
    As everyone knows: there was no room at the inn, thus Mary & Joseph settled for the manger. This fact is never specifically mentioned in the Bible These statements are either True or False
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 8. 
    • A. 

      There is no Biblical record of Mary riding on a donkey or any other animal.

    • B. 

      According to St Matthew: Mary & Joseph lived in Bethlehem all the while, and the Magi found the couple and Jesus in their home.

    • C. 

      According to Matthew: Mary, Joseph and Jesus fled to Egypt, returned to Judea; and fled again to Galilee to the city of Nazareth. Thus Jesus was known as the prophecy fullfiling 'Nazarene'.

    • D. 

      The Gospel of St Luke tells us: Joseph and Mary travelled from Galilee to Bethlehem to record themselves in a Roman Census.

    • E. 

      The events celebrated in Christian traditions have no basis in the Bible. Such traditions seem to have had their earliest beginnings in the 2nd century.

  • 9. 
    Someone had to do it first. Who is generally credited with the development of  the first commercial Christmas Card?
    • A. 

      Count Eric Nollinghammer, Leeds, 1798

    • B. 

      Marquis Edwin d' Trollop, Paris, 1818

    • C. 

      Randall Numocker Boicce, New York, 1882

    • D. 

      Sir Henry Cole, London, 1843

  • 10. 
    The music of many Traditional Christmas Carols are based upon medieval chords and this gives them their unique and characteristic sound. Check the answers that Truly apply
    • A. 

      Good King Wenceslas & The Holly & The Ivy are examples of carols straight out of the Middle Ages

    • B. 

      Adeste Fidelis came along later in the mid-eighteenth century

    • C. 

      Frosty The Snowman was made popular by Burl Ives in 1962

    • D. 

      Interestinly, Martin Luther, a famous reformer comes across as a regular fellow by writing carols and recommending they be sung even in church.

    • E. 

      Jingle Bells was copyrighted in the United States in 1857

  • 11. 
    People, even complete strangers, have asked me 'Sir, what is the main difference between a Christmas Seal and a Christmas Stamp?' As I have always encouraged those with the inquiring mind to seek out the answer themselves, I hand them a card I had printed up some years back with these specific questions and the suggestion they research their local library for the answers. Invariably, these folks seek me out to thank me for helping them 'grow'. Select the one right answer  
    • A. 

      Both Christmas Stamps as well as Christmas Seals are of interest to Philatelists?

    • B. 

      Both Christmas Stamps as well as Christmas Seals are used for Postage in many countries.

    • C. 

      Sir Henry Cole's first Christmas Card was well received.

    • D. 

      Cole increased his output of cards after that first year.

  • 12. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 13. 
    In addition to Martin Luther, another reformer by the name of Charles Wesley placed a high value upon song as a part of worship. Check those that Truly apply
    • A. 

      Among other things Wesley was well respected as a writer of Hymns. He is credited with two of the great four Angelican hymns.

    • B. 

      Wesley wrote thousands of hymns though not a great many Christmas carols. His hynms are still sung today.

    • C. 

      Wesley wrote 'Hark! How All the Welkin Rings'

    • D. 

      Today Wesley's famous composition is known as 'Hark! the Herald Angels Sing'

  • 14. 
    In the early 1800s our Christmas traditions were but a pale shadow of  the way in which we celebrate today. Check all that Truly apply
    • A. 

      Early Dutch settlers espoused St Nicholas or Sinterklaas' flew to homes in a wagon and he filled stockings hung on the hearth with presents.

    • B. 

      In 1821, a New York City printer, one William Gilley published a childern's book containing an anonymous poem mentioning 'Santeclaus'.

    • C. 

      Gilley's Santeclaus was the first mention of the gift-giver being hauled around in a sleigh~ pulled by a single reindeer.

    • D. 

      In 1823 Clement Clarke Moore's 'A Visit From St Nicholas' or as it has come to be called 'The Night Before Christmas.'

  • 15. 
    Thomas Nast was a regular contributor to Harper's Weekly. Nast is creditied with many 'firsts'. Check all that truly apply
    • A. 

      Nast is called the 'Father of the American Cartoonist'

    • B. 

      Nast contributed for many years to Harper's Weekly

    • C. 

      Nast is credited with giving us the modern image of St Nick

    • D. 

      In response to President Lincoln's request Nast drew a cover for Harpers depicting Santa visiting the Union Troops. This cover appeared on 3 January 1863.

  • 16. 
    • A. 

      Mr Pharcellus assassinated the Gimbel's (Philadelphia) in-store Santa Claus using a Daisy Red Ryder carbine-action, two hundred shot Range Model air rifle with a compass and this thing which tells time built right into the stock. Investigators concluded deeth came with hours of the massive attack.

    • B. 

      Mr Church was the newspaper editor that answered Virginia's enquiry.

    • C. 

      The 'Virginia Question' so called grew out of the debate as to whether or no Samuel Langhorne Clemens enjoyed a legal monopoly on the term 'Santa Claus'

    • D. 

      Mrs Virginia O'Hanlon, now 116 years old, still resides in her childhood home. Virginia still has the Sun delivered to her doorstep daily. She still believes in Santa Claus.

  • 17. 
    The names given by Clement Clarke Moore to Santa's Reindeer are: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer,Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donnor, Blitzen; Although some might argue that the original Dutch spelling of 'Dunder' and 'Blixem' should stand~ Dunder means 'Thunder whilst Blixem translates into 'Lightning'  These statements are either True or False
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 18. 
    • A. 

      Mormons as a religion actively celebrate Christmas

    • B. 

      The non-Christian Japanese celebrate Christmas

    • C. 

      Jehova Witnesses attend long solemn sermons on Christmas morning prior to the more merry Christmas celebrations later.

    • D. 

      Less than half the population of Lebanon is Christian. The majority are Muslim. Both religions actively celebrate Christmas.

    • E. 

      The United Kingdom celebrates a rather extended Christmas season although it is considered bad luck to keep a tree after 6 January

    • F. 

      The Pentecostal denominations do not celebrate any religious holiday

  • 19. 
    Prior to 1977 a Philadelphia Firefighter dressed as Santa. At the climax of the Thanksgiving Day Parade sponsored by Gimbels Department Store he climbed the Departments' aerial ladder some 65' to the balcony of the 5th floor. This is where Santa's Land and the Toy department was located. Though why he didn't simply enter through the bronze doors and take either the elevator or escalator was always beyond... some of us. This statement is either True or False
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 20. 
    • A. 

      Glen Miller's composition 'White Christmas' is credited with being the greatest single ever. Over 50 million copies have been sold worldwide.

    • B. 

      Bing Crosby sang the song for the first time publicly on Christmas Day 1941

    • C. 

      Crosby starred in the highest grossing film of 1954 'White Christmas'

    • D. 

      In 2011, Lady Gaga recorded a version of the song for her holiday television special, A Very Gaga Thanksgiving, which was also included as one of four tracks on her holiday EP, A 'Very Gaga Holiday'

    • E. 

      Asker contributed his idiotic version of White Christmas in his 'Yuletide Yell'