Can We Guess Your Favorite Era of Christmas Traditions?

By: Teresa McGlothlin

Can We Guess Your Favorite Era of Christmas Traditions?
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About This Quiz

Every year, we have a set of Christmas traditions that we practice. From opening the gifts to decorating, many of them have roots in times that occurred before we were hanging our first ornaments. Once you tell us about the way you celebrate the season, the era of Christmas traditions you love most will shine like a neon tree topper.

Do you make most of your own ornaments like the Victorians? Do you have intentional dietary restrictions like the Tudors? Or, are you just here for the food like those during medieval times? Deck the halls during this quiz, and we'll relate the way you pull off your holiday to the time period you enjoy most. Putting up the mistletoe and wrapping the gifts can say a lot more about it than you realize!

You could be practicing some of your favorite era's traditions without knowing they go back for centuries. Share them with us, and you'll give away the historical time that you love enough to emulate. Will we be able to get it right? Or will we need the Ghost of Christmas Present to intervene? All will be "merry and bright" when you give us the chance to guess! Let's get started.


1 - ski resort Would you enjoy spending the holidays "dashing through the snow" at a ski resort?
I prefer to stay at home and make dinner.
That would be delightful.
No, but a one-horse open sleigh would be cool.
I love traveling during Christmas.

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2 - stocking What is your favorite thing to put inside a stocking?
Oranges
Chocolate coins
A small gift
Lip balm

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3 - old time traditions Which one of these old-timey traditions would you like to see make a comeback?
Yule logs
Handwritten cards
Homemade gifts
Christmas Eve ghost stories

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4 - gifts How fancy do your gifts look when you're finished wrappping them?
If you call cat hair fancy, they are extravagant.
I don't wrap them. The people at the mall do that.
I use gift bags.
They look like something from a magazine.

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5 - chopping tree Could you see yourself chopping down your own tree?
I've done it a few times!
It's easier to get it from a Christmas tree farm.
I think that would be a wonderful tradition to bring back.
I'm fine with my artificial tree.

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6 - holiday dinner When do you start planning your holiday dinner?
I just wait for the invitation.
I start planning in September.
I usually plan it at the last minute.
I save recipes all year.

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7 - pajamas What are you most likely to be found wearing on Christmas Day?
A nice outfit
Matching Christmas pajamas
A T-shirt and yoga pants
Jeans and an ugly sweater

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8 - mistletoe Who might you kiss under the mistletoe this year?
My partner
A family member
Everyone who walks under it.
Santa

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9 - gas station You need a last-minute gift, and the only thing open is the gas station. What are you getting?
A huge chocolate bar
A trucker hat
Their fanciest beverage
A stack of magazines

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10 - The Nutcracker Which character from "The Nutcracker" are you most like?
Mrs. Stahlbaum
Fritz
Uncle Drosselmeyer
Clara

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11 - handmade ornament Would we find any handmade ornaments on your tree?
I have popcorn garlands.
I think there are some salt dough ornaments.
I have a couple of cute kids ornaments.
I buy all of my ornaments.

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12 - Santa Do you call him Santa or St. Nick?
He's Santa Claus.
I call him Father Christmas.
I wish everyone would call him St. Nicholas.
He's Santa without the Claus.

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13 - gifts How many gifts do you usually open on Christmas Eve?
I save all of them until Christmas morning.
We open one special gift on Christmas Eve.
We open all of them on Christmas Eve.
It depends how many parties I go to that night.

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14 - Xmas movie Which of these Christmas movies would you rather watch?
"Elf"
"It's a Wonderful Life"
"The Santa Clause"
"National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation"

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15 - caroling Do you think your neighbors enjoy your caroling?
They love it! They bring us hot chocolate.
My neighbors do the caroling, not me.
My neighbors are not into that kind of thing.
I think they like it. I can see them peeking from behind the curtains.

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16 - chestnuts Have you ever roasted chestnuts on an open fire?
No, but I've made S'mores.
I have eaten them but never roasted them.
It's harder than it sounds!
I didn't know you could actually do that.

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17 - waiting for Santa Do you try to stay up late enough to see Santa bring the gifts?
I know when the gifts have arrived.
I always miss him!
I try, but I fall asleep.
I stay up all night, but I've never seen Santa.

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18 - white Xmas Are you excited when you get a white Christmas?
It's not Christmas without a little snow.
I'm excited when the white stuff is sand.
Ugh! It doesn't make me feel excited.
I get more excited when we get a sunny Christmas.

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19 - mince meat pies How many mince meat pies could you eat in one sitting?
I'll stick to sugar cookies.
I have at least 10 every year.
I've never tried them.
I'm sure I could eat one or two.

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20 - Xmas What is your very favorite part of Christmas?
Giving
Togetherness
New Year's Day
The lights

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21 - Xmas lights Do you drive around looking at the lights or go to a tree-lighting ceremony?
I have my own tree-lighting ceremony.
It's our tradition to drive around looking at lights.
I usually attend a lighting event.
I put up enough lights for the astronauts to see.

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22 - Santa cookies What do you prefer to leave out for Santa on Christmas Eve?
A sandwich
Christmas cookies
A glass of water
A slice of pizza

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23 - Xmas songs Which of these Christmas songs means the most to you?
"Silent Night"
"Jingle Bells"
"White Christmas"
"Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer"

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24 - donate Do you donate anything to charity over the holidays?
I try to donate a little cash.
I always drop off a few toys.
I spend some time volunteering.
I donate my patience to everyone around me.

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25 - board games If you followed the tradition of board games on Christmas, which one would you play?
LIFE
Monopoly
Battleship
Checkers

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26 - holiday spirit In one word, what's your holiday spirit usually like?
Bright
Jolly
Merry
Happy

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27 - Grinch Are you guilty of having a least one Grinch moment every year?
I have a few Scrooge moments.
My heart does get bigger during the holidays.
No way! I wish every day was Christmas.
I think it's only natural.

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28 - gingerbread house How does your gingerbread house usually come out looking?
Like a mansion
Like it's out of the North Pole
Like a stray cat lives there
Like my dog ate half of it

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29 - family at dinner If you could ask for anything you wanted, what gift would it be?
Fairness and equality for all
A new house
A billion dollars and a plane ticket
All of my family at the same dinner table

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30 - ghost of xmas Which ghost of Christmas would you rather have visit you?
The Ghost of Christmas Future
The Ghost of Christmas Past
Let's just skip the ghosts.
The Ghost of Christmas Present

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