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Christmas Quiz


1. In what century was St. Nicholas first mentioned?

12th Century

4th Century

8th Century

3rd Century


2. Different legends have Santa Claus living in different places. Where does Santa Claus NOT live?

Finnish Lapland


The South Pole

The North Pole


3. When are the '12 Days of Christmas'?

The 12 days after Christmas: December 26 to January 6

The 12 days around Christmas: Christmas Eve to January 4

The 12 days before Christmas: December 14 to December 25

The 12 days beginning with the winter solstice: December 21 to January 1


4. Which of the following stories was NOT written by L. Frank Baum?

The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus

The Wizard of Oz

A Kidnapped Santa Claus

The Gift of the Magi


5. Not all children receive their Christmas presents from Santa Claus. Which of the following does NOT give gifts to children in any country?

An angel

A reindeer

A baby camel

An old woman


6. What is the name of Tiny Tim's father in the story, 'A Christmas Carol'?

Ben Sackett

Bill Cratchit

Bill Hatchet

Bob Cratchit


7. What country did 'Good King Wenceslas' rule?






8. Who was the first English monarch to have a Christmas tree?

Queen Elizabeth

King James VI

Queen Victoria

King George II



9. When is the Feast of St. Nicholas?

December 27th

December 6th

December 25th

December 18th


10. According to the Bible, in which season was Jesus born?






11. Which of the following does NOT mean Merry Christmas?

Froehliche Weihnachten

Mele Kalikimaka

Vesele Vianoce

Chuc Mung Tan Nien


12. Which song was originally written for a Thanksgiving concert?

Jingle Bells

Sleigh Ride

Home For the Holidays

Carol of the Bells


13. Santa's only female sleigh-pulling reindeer, Vixen, has antlers. True or false?

True. But they are really no bigger than slight bumps on their heads.

True. Both male and female reindeer have antlers.

False. Some females have been known to have antlers, but that is extremely rare.

False. Only the male reindeer have antlers.


14. Which of the following statements about candy canes is FALSE?

They were originally made of glass.

They are shaped in the letter 'J' for 'Jesus'.

The red and white colors symbolize Christ's blood and purity.

They were designed to look like miniature shepherd's staffs.



15. True or False:  There was a church built for St. Nicholas?




16. What town is the setting for the perennial Christmas classic 'It's a Wonderful Life'?



Bedford Falls

Bailey Park



17. In what year did a shipload of Italian sailors rescue the bones of St. Nicholas?

1125 A.D.

1187 A.D.

942 A.D.

1362 A.D.


18. Which of the following statements concerning the traditions of the Yule log is FALSE?

It is unlucky to buy a Yule log.

The embers can not be stirred while anyone is eating.

It is traditionally lit after Mass or church services on Christmas morning.

It must be kept burning at least 12 hours.


19. Which of the following holidays DOES NOT occur in December?



Boxing Day

Feast of St. Nicholas


20. What did Frosty the Snowman have for a nose?






21. Which of the following composers did NOT write a popular Christmas carol?

Adolphe Charles Adam

George Frideric Handel

Felix Mendelssohn

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


22. Which traditional Christmas plant is NOT poisonous?





  23. In 1821 a poem was published that mentioned Santa Claus for the first time What was the name of the poem?

The Children's Friend

A Visit From Santa Claus

Santa Claus

Friend of the Christ Child


24. Which of the following characters did NOT appear in a children's version of 'A Christmas Carol'?

Kermit the Frog

Bugs Bunny

Mickey Mouse

Mr. Magoo


25. 'Good King Wenceslas'... he looked out 'on the Feast of Stephen'. When is the 'Feast of Stephen'?

December 12

December 6

January 6

December 26


26. Which of the following people or things is NOT linked to the origin of the Christmas tree?

A spider

Martin Luther

An angel

St. Boniface


27. Which of the following places is NOT a real U.S. city or town?

Snowflake, Texas

Noel, Missouri

St. Nicholas, Florida

Santa Claus, Georgia


28. What major U.S. facility provides up-to-date information every Christmas Eve on the flight path of Santa Claus?

The U.S. National Weather Service

North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD)

The U.S. Geological Survey

International Arctic Research Center


29. According to legend, what did Santa have arranged back in 1901

To have parents help him by buying gifts

To have milk and cookies left for him

Artificial trees

Commercial Christmas tree farming


30. What is the name of the character that Tim Allen plays in the movie 'The Santa Clause'?

Sam Coleman

Sean Cassidy

Scott Calvin

Sherman Cane


31. The celebration of Kwanzaa focuses on Seven Principles called 'Nguzo Saba'. Which of the following is NOT one of the Seven Principles?






32. How many sides does a snowflake have?






33. Which of the following Christmas carols was NOT written by a minister, priest or clergyman?

O Come All Ye Faithful

It Came Upon a Midnight Clear

O Little Town of Bethlehem

Away in a Manger


34. In the Netherlands (Holland), Santa Claus is known as Sinterklaas. How does he deliver candy and gifts to the children there?

He walks, going from door to door

In an oxcart, pulled by a team of oxen

On horseback

In a sleigh pulled by reindeer, of course!


35. What drink was adapted to become the American Christmas drink 'Egg Nog'?

The Scandinavian drink 'Glogg'

The Austrian drink 'Gluhwein'

The German drink 'Biersuppe'

The French drink 'Lait de Poule'


36. What is the total amount of destinations that Santa delivers to?

156 million

1 billion

220 million

1 million


37. What had the greatest impact on the popularity of the Christmas greeting card?


Printing press


Postage stamps


38. Clement C. Moore wrote a very famous Christmas poem. What was it called?

T'was the Night Before Christmas

A Visit From St. Nicholas

A Visit From St. Nick

A Christmas Poem


39. In ancient times, which of the following was NOT a use for mistletoe?

An antidote for poison

A fertilizer

Protection from witches

A good-luck charm


40. In Vivian Walsh's children's book 'Olive, the Other Reindeer," what is Olive?

A reindeer who has no antlers

A moose

A shy young reindeer

A dog


41. Which city, famous for its 'Christmas Market', is also known as 'The Gingerbread Capital 
of the World'?

Geneva, Switzerland

Nuremberg, Germany

Prague, Czech Republic

Bucharest, Rumania


42. Which U. S. President insisted on putting lit candles on the White House Christmas tree, even though it was considered a fire hazard?

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt

Herbert Hoover

Calvin Coolidge


43. How many reindeer does Santa Have?







44. In which two oceans would you find a 'Christmas Island'?

Atlantic Ocean and Arctic Ocean

Atlantic Ocean and Indian Ocean

Pacific Ocean and Atlantic Ocean

Pacific Ocean and Indian Ocean


45. Which of the following actors won an Academy Award for his acting in a classic Christmas movie?

James Stewart

Bing Crosby

Edmund Gwenn

Reginald Owen


46. In which of the following movies did Bing Crosby NOT sing 'White Christmas'?

Blue Skies

White Christmas

Going My Way

Holiday Inn


47. Who was the most famous 'Scrooge' of radio?

Brace Beemer

William Conrad

Orson Wells

Lionel Barrymore


48. In the book, 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas', the Grinch is caught in the act of stealing a Christmas tree. 
Who is this Who who does this?

Candy-Cane Who

Frou-Frou Who

Mandy-Sue Who

Cindy-Lou Who


49. What is the all-time best-selling Christmas recording?

I'll Be Home For Christmas

White Christmas

Frosty the Snowman

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

  50. In 1841, a Philadelphia merchant hired a man to dress up like Santa and climb the chimney of his store. What is the name of the merchant?


Johnny Marks

Robert L. May

Thomas Nast


51. Which U.S. President began the custom of giving Christmas gifts to the White House domestic staff?

Chester A. Arthur

Woodrow Wilson

Abraham Lincoln

Rutherford B. Hayes


52.What is the most popular holiday plant decoration in the United States?



evergreen boughs



53. In Gian Carlo Menotti's opera, 'Amahl and the Night Visitors', what did Amahl offer the Three Wise Kings?

Half a loaf of bread

His crutch

To be their guide

His donkey


54. Santa Claus fills the SHOES of children with toys and candy in all of the following countries except one. Which one?






55. What famous Christmas song did 'Singing Cowboy' Gene Autry write?

Here Comes Santa Claus

Frosty the Snowman

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Holly Jolly Christmas



56.On Christmas Eve, what American government agency tracks Santa's sleigh?






57. How do you say 'Merry Christmas' in Brazil?

Buon Natale

Felices Pasquas

Feliz Navidad

Boas Festas


58. When were electric Christmas lights first used?






59. Was the Ebenezer of the Old Testament like Ebeneezer Scrooge, 'a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner'?

No, he was Abraham's steward.

Yes, he was Ahab's advisor.

No, he was one of Saul's generals.

No, there's no such person in the Bible.


60. In the claymation Christmas special 'Santa Claus Is Coming To Town', who was the narrator?

Boris Karloff, as a storyteller

Fred Astaire, as a mailman

Danny Kaye, as a traveling salesman

Burl Ives, as a snowman


61. Saint Nicholas was a bishop in what is now the country of Turkey. What city was he the bishop of?

Leningrad (St. Petersburg)





62. Which of the following actors did NOT play Ebeneezer Scrooge in a movie or television production called 'A Christmas Carol'?

Alastair Sim

Fredric March

Reginald Owen

George C. Scott



63. Saint Nicholas died in 0343 A.D. and his body was moved in 1087 to protect it from the Saracens. Where is it now?


Leningrad (St. Petersburg)





64.Which of the following songs was NOT introduced in a movie or a Christmas special?

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Silver Bells

We Need a Little Christmas

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer



65. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was a character created in a story written in:







66. The carol 'Silent Night' was first played on what instrument?




Pipe organ


67. In the movie 'Home Alone', Macaulay Culkin plays a boy who is accidentally left alone at Christmas. What is the name of this character?








68. How many candles are on a Hanukkah Menorah (candelabra)?





69. In the ballet 'The Nutcracker', who does Clara help the Nutcracker to defeat?

Herr Drosselmeyer, the magician

The Sugar Plum Fairy

The Rat King

The Mouse King


70.Which of the following saints was the first person to put on a Christmas nativity play?


St. Nicholas

St.Francis of Assisi

St. Boniface




71. Which of the following places is NOT a real U.S. city or town?

Mistletoe, Kentucky

Reindeer, Alaska

Santa Claus, Indiana

Christmas, Florida


72. The tradition of 'mummering' by dressing up in disguises and trying to fool one's neighbors has almost died out as a '12 Days of Christmas' activity. Where is it still practiced?



New Foundland

South Africa




73. Which popular Christmas carol was originally a piece written by King Henry VIII?

What Child Is This?

Good King Wenceslas

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

We Three Kings of Orient Are



74. In many of the northern European countries, elves and gnomes play an important role in Christmas traditions and beliefs. Which of the following countries does NOT have an elf tradition?



The Netherlands




75. Which of the following places is NOT a real U.S. city or town?

North Pole, New York

Christmas, Michigan

St. Nicholas, Minnesota

Sleigh Bells, North Dakota



76.Keeping reindeer did not originate with Santa Claus. Which of the following statements about reindeer is NOT true?

Caribou and reindeer are the same species of deer.

Reindeer can live as long as 30 years.

There are reindeer in Mongolia and Northern China.

Reindeer milk is used to make cheese.



77. In the movie 'Miracle on 34th Street', Kris Kringle is hired to play Santa Claus in what large department store?

FAO Schwarz


Marshall Field's




78. Which of the following children's books is NOT a Christmas story?

The Puppy Who Wanted a Boy


Mr. Putter and Tabby Bake the Cake

The Mighty Santa Fe




79. In which newspaper did the editorial 'Yes Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus' originally appear?

The New York Sun

The New York Times

The Chicago Tribune

The Washington Post



80. 'For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.'  In which book of the New Testament does this verse appear?







81. In the cartoon 'A Charlie Brown Christmas', who is the director of the Christmas play?




Charlie Brown


82. In what year were electric christmas lights first used?






83. Which of the following was not one of the Three Kings?






84. Where did the real St. Nicholas live?






85. Which popular Christmas song was actually first written for Thanksgiving?

Joy To the World

Jingle Bells

Carol of the Bells

Angels We Have Heartd On High


86. In How the Grinch Stole Christmas, the name of Grinch's dog was






87. How many ghosts visited Scrooge?






88. What is Forcemeat?






89. In its a Wonderful Life, what is the name of George Bailey's Guardian Angel?






90. What did the little lamb say to the shepherd boy?

Get Away From Me With Those Shears

Wow, this wool is comfortable

Do you hear what I hear

Baa, Baa


91. Who wrote The Snow Man

Oscar Wilde

Edgar Allan Poe

William shakespeare

Raymond Briggs


True or False 

92. December 25 has always been the date on which Christmas was celebrated.


93. England and the United States have always celebrated Christmas.


94. In the abbreviated form Xmas, X stands for the Greek letter X (chi), representing the Greek word for Christos, for Christ.


95. The Christmas tree is a tradition that originated in America.


96. The United States is the only country that has an official Christmas tree.


97. The use of wreaths and holly at Yuletide is a tradition that began in Rome.


98. The poinsettia plant originated in Mexico and was originally called "Mexican Flame Leaves," or "Christmas flowers."


99. Mistletoe, a parasitic plant that grows on oak trees, was used by the Druids as a charm against evil.


100. The term "carol" probably originated in France, and is a form of their word "carola," meaning a piece of music that can be sung wile moving in a circle.


101. Santa Claus is a term used by children where children await his visit on Christmas even in America, Germany, France, Spain, and Holland, although the names for Sants differ in each country.


102. Santa Claus is actually the name of a place.


103. The reindeer originated as animals drawing Santa's sleigh in England.


104. Reindeer are actually used in some countries to pull sleighs.


105. The Nativity scene originated in Europe, and was especially popular in Italy.


106. The Yule log began in early English pagan holidays, but now represents the warmth of the tie binding members of a family together around the hearth at Christmastime.








And Just for Fun!!

Christmas Riddles


1. What did the Gingerbread Man put on his bed?

2. What is Frosty the Snowman's favorite breakfast cereal?

3. Why did Santa have three gardens?

4. What do you have in December that you don't have in any other month?

5. Spell "hard water" with three letters?

6. What two letters are used by the elves to describe Santa's bag the day after Christmas?

7. Which two letters describe a slippery sidewalk?

8. What do elves learn in school?

9. What do you call a snowman on roller blades?

10. What do you get when you cross an archer with a gift-wrapper?

11. What's the most popular wine at Christmas?

12. Why is it so cold on Christmas?

13. What do you get when you mix a snowman with a vampire?





1: a cookie sheet

2: frosted flakes

3: so he could say HO!HO!HO!

4: the letter D

5: ice

6: mt(empty)

7: ic(icy)

8: the elfabet

9: snow mobile

10: ribbon hood

11: Do i have to eat my brussel sprouts

12: because it's in decembrrrrrrrrrr

13: frost-bite


See if you can name the 27 Christmas Carols using the following clues

1. Bleached Yule
2. Castaneous-Colored Seed Vesicated in a Conflagration
3. Singular Yearning for the Twin-Anterior Incisors
4. Righteous Darkness
5. Arrival Time: 2400 Hours--Weather: Cloudless
6. Loyal Followers Advance
7. Far Off in a Feeder
8. Array the Corridor
9. Bantam-Male Percussionist
10. Monarchial Triad
11. Nocturnal Noiselessness
12. Jehovah Deactivate Blithe Chevaliers
13. Red Man En Route to Borough
14. Frozen Precipitation Commence
15. Proceed and Enlighten on the Pinnacle
16. The Quadruped with the Vermillion Probiscis
17. Query Regarding Identity of Descendant
18. Delight for this Planet
19. Give Attention to the Melodious Celestial Beings
20. The Dozen Festive 24-Hour Intervals
21. Our Fervent Hope Is That You Thoroughly Enjoy Your Yuletide Season
22. Parent Was Observed Osculating a Red-Coated Unshaven Teamster
23. May the Deity Bestow An Absence of Fatigue to Mild Male Humans
24. Natal Celebration Devoid of Color, Rather Albino, As a Hallucinatory Phenomenon For Me
25. Obese Personification Fabricated of Compressed Mounds of Minute Crystals
26. Tranquility Upon the Terrestrial Sphere
27. Have Hitherward the Entire Assembly of Those Who Are Loyal in Their Belief of Christmas




1. White Christmas
2. Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire
3. All I want for Christmas if my 2 front teeth
4. O Holy Night
5. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
6. O Come All ye Faithful
7. Away in a Manger
8. Deck the Halls
9. The Little Drummer Boy
10. We Three Kings
11. Silent Night
12. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
13. Santa Claus is Coming to Town
14. Let it Snow
15. Go Tell it on the Mountain
16. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
17. Whose Child is This
18. Joy to the World
19. Hark, the Herals Angels Sing
20. The 12 Days of Christmas
21. We Wish You a Merry Christmas
22. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
23. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
24. I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas
25. Frosty the Snowman
26. Joy to the World
27. O Come All ye Faithful


Happy Holidays from Spike & Jamie


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