How Much Do You Know About Christmas?

By: Annette

How Much Do You Know About Christmas?
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About This Quiz

It's the most wonderful time of the year, but how much do you know about Christmas? It's celebrated around the world, and it's rich with tradition and meaning, but in this quiz, we're going to go a step further. So, haul out the holly, we're getting our Christmas on.
What calendar traditionally helps you count down to Christmas?
iCal
Day Planner
Advent Calendar
The Advent calendar is the traditional way in which folks count down to Christmas, starting on the first day of December. The calendar has little windows with chocolate inside!

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Where was Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer born?
Montgomery Ward
Montgomery Ward department store sold coloring books with Rudolph as a main character. This was in 1939.
Target
Walmart

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How long have Christmas trees been sold in the U.S.?
Over 150 years
For over 150 years Christmas trees have been sold in America. The first tree was sold in 1850.
About 50 years
20 years

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Why do we give presents at Christmas?
It's a bartering system
Because we can
Because of the Wise Men
Giving gifts is to remind us of the gifts the Wise Men gave to baby Jesus. These included frankincense, gold and myrrh. No Lego.

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Why do people have Midnight Mass?
So they can start the party early
So they don't have to get up the next morning
Because Jesus was born at midnight
Churches around the world have Midnight Mass because it's believed that was when Jesus was born. This is also when the bells are rung.

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Which of these is a Christmas color?
Red
Green
Gold
All of the above
Red, green and gold are the three traditional colors of Christmas. Each color has its own significance: red for the blood of Christ, green for rebirth and gold for the warmth of the sun.

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Where did the first Christmas tree come from?
Egypt
Iran
Germany
The Germans are thought to have started the Christmas tree tradition. This was back in 1531.

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A monk named ______ came up with the idea of Santa Claus?
St. Nicholas
A monk named St. Nicholas came up with the idea of Santa. The monk lived in the third century, in what is now known as Turkey.
Barnabas
Claude

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What kind of pudding is Christmas pudding?
Plum
Christmas pudding is a plum pudding. It is served in Britain at the end of Christmas dinner. It was originally made with beef or mutton!
Orange
Vanilla

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What's the best-selling song of all time?
The Twelve Days of Christmas
Thriller
White Christmas
Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" is the best-selling single of all time. Irving Berlin wrote it, and it was first performed on radio in 1941.

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In the U.K., people believed that girls could discover their _____ on Christmas Eve.
True love
It was once believed in the U.K. that when girls baked a "dumb cake" on Christmas Eve, it would reveal the initials of their future love! Seems an odd superstition.
Calling in life
Past lives

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What's the most famous Christmas novel?
Santa: The Biography
A Christmas Carol
"A Christmas Carol" was written by Charles Dickens. It is performed as a stage play across the country at Christmastime.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas

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What kind of costumes do carolers wear?
Victorian
Traditional carolers wear Victorian costumes. This is because Christmas caroling was very popular in Victorian England.
Georgian
Regency

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When did Christmas become an official holiday‚Äč in the United States?
1995
1915
1870
It was on June 26th of 1870 that Christmas became an official holiday. Oklahoma was the last state to agree.

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What kind of tree is the Christmas tree?
Oak
Evergreen
Christmas trees are evergreen trees. They take about 15 years to grow to full height!
Spruce

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What is a yule log?
The log where you note Christmas gifts to be purchased
A fruitcake
A large log to be burned
The yule log is the large log that was burned during the 12 days of Christmas. Did it seriously burn all 12 days?

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How long has the White House put up an official Christmas tree?
Since 1969
Since 1987
Since the Great Depression
The White House has been putting up its Christmas tree since the Great Depression. It was the wife of President Herbert Hoover that began the tradition.

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When was the first Christmas card sent?
1985
1978
1843
The first Christmas card was actually sent in 1843. It was in the U.K., and the card depicted people helping the poor and enjoying Christmas dinner.

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What does the X in X-mas stand for?
Nothing
Nobody knows
Christ
X actually stands for Christ! It comes from the Greek word. Some people think you should never use Xmas, from the mistaken belief that it represents secular laziness.

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How many Christmas trees are sold in the U.S. each year?
1,000
1 billion
25-30 million
There are actually 25-30 million Christmas trees sold in the U.S. each year! That means real, living trees.

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Who answers the letters to Santa?
Santa
Elves
The United States Postal Service
The U.S. Postal Service will send your child a letter "from Santa," postmarked from the North Pole. You must send your child's letter and your response "from Santa" to the proper address to make this happen.

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What did the candy cane originally look like?
A heart
All white
The candy cane was originally all white. It was invented in Germany in the 19th century. Those Germans do love Christmas!
All green

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Two weeks before Christmas, which of these is quite common?
Utter happiness
Ill health
Breakups
The two weeks prior to Christmas is actually a popular time for breakups. I guess the holiday season puts a strain on romance.

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Who was the precursor to Santa Claus?
Odin
Odin was the precursor to Santa Claus. He was known for his flying horse, but no presents! Odin was a Viking god.
Hercules
Moses

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Where was the first artificial Christmas tree created?
Alaska
Poland
Germany
They first created a fake Christmas tree in Germany using dyed goose, turkey or ostrich feathers. Artificial trees are now quite popular.

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How many rent-a-Santas‚Äč are there in the United States?
Fewer than 1,000
About 20,000
There are truly about 20,000 Santa's for hire in the U.S. Have you ever seen the movie "Bad Santa"? It's a must.
Over 1 million

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What Christmas food was a status symbol in Georgian England?
Fruitcake
Rhubarb crumpets
Mince pie
Mince pie was a status symbol in Georgian England! Rich people would have their pies made in little fun shapes.

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Who condemned Christmas in America?
The Scientologists
The Jews
The Puritans
The Puritans were not crazy about Christmas. In fact, they made it totally illegal for some time.

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Christmas shopping makes up how much of U.S. retail sales?
1/93
1/6
Christmas shopping actually makes up one-sixth of retail sales. That's a lot of presents!
98%

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How many Christmas cards are sent each year in the U.S.?
1.3 billion
In the U.S. alone, 1.3 billion Christmas cards are sent each year! Of course, with computers, that's changing.
3.1 million
31,000

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Who created the association of Christmas and snow?
The Victorians
During Victorian times, they were going through a mini Ice Age! That, and the Dickens story "A Christmas Carol," led the Victorians to associate Christmas with snow.
The Germans
The Haitians

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Where is the Christmas Pickle Capital of the World?
Michigan
Berrien Springs, MI, is the Christmas Pickle Capital of the World! The Christmas pickle is an ornament hung on the tree, and the first child to find it gets a present.
Berlin
Florida

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What do they put on their Christmas trees in Poland?
Spiders
In Poland, people actually believe that spiders are a symbol of goodness. They decorate their trees with spiders and spider webs. According to legend, a spider once wove a blanket for baby Jesus.
Rats
Goblins

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What do the British wear at Christmas dinner?
Bowties
Crowns
The British actually wear crowns at Christmas dinner. These are kept in tubes called Christmas crackers.
Red noses

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When did December 25th become the official day of Christmas?
1900
1700
350 A.D.
It was a mere 350 years after the death of Jesus that the 25th was claimed as Christmas Day. It was Pope Julius who claimed that it should be celebrated in that day.

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