Long months of waiting and Christmas is back again bringing gifts, joy and excitement. So while this spirit is on, try out our quiz to see how much you know about this festival.


When was Christmas first celebrated?


Where did the Christmas tree tradition originate?

  • Germany

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  • Israel

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  • New England

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  • Scandinavia

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The poinsettia or the 'Flower of the Holy Night' is a traditional Christmas flower which was brought to America by Joel Poinsett in 1829. Which country did it originally grow in?

  • Canada

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  • China

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  • Mexico

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  • Spain

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A boar's head is a traditional Christmas dish, going back to ancient times when the boar was seen as a symbol of fertility. In another interesting legend, a student of Queen's College, Oxford, is said to have saved his life by killing a boar that came charging at him. he cut off its head and took it back to his college. How did he kill the boar?


St. Nicholas was a bishop. It was the Dutch who first made him into a Christmas gift-giver, and Dutch settlers brought him to America where his name eventually became the familiar Santa Claus. Where did St. Nicholas live?


A writer in an advertising agency named Robert May, invented the ninth reindeer, with a red and shiny nose, while working on a catalogue for the Montgomery Ward Company in 1939. What was the reindeer's name?

  • Rudolph

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  • Werner

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  • Rupert

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  • Johannes

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A small figurine of a goat called 'Julbukk' is a common Christmas decoration in Sweden. What is it usually made of?

  • Sugar

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  • Straw

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  • Wood

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  • Glass

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The carol 'Silent Night' was first sung as part of a church service in Austria. Which instrument was used to play this carol?

  • Harp

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  • A Pipe Organ

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  • Kazoo

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  • Guitar

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Children in North America put stockings out at Christmas time. But Dutch children put out something else to receive their gifts between mid-November and December 6 which is St. Nicholas's Day. What do Dutch children use to receive gifts?


When visiting Finland, Santa leaves his reindeer-pulled sleigh behind and rides on a:


This plant was associated with peace and friendship in ancient Scandinavia, which may account for the customary exchange of kisses beneath its sprig at Christmas. Name this plant.

  • Ivy

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  • Yew

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  • Holly

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  • Mistletoe

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This popular Christmas song was composed in 1857 by James Pierpont, and was actually written for Thanksgiving. Can you name it?


We send Christmas cards to our family, friends and relatives on Christmas. An Englishman sent the first Christmas card in 1843. Can you name him?


Puritan leader Oliver Cromwell, considered feasting and revelry on what was supposed to be a holy day to be immoral. Therefore in 1647, the English parliament passed a law that:


In 1843, this novelist wrote 'A Christmas Carol', the first of a series of annual Christmas books which gave Christmas a modern look, the way we see it today. Can you name him?

  • Drennon

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  • Mark Twain

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  • Charles Dickens

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  • Thomas M. Swayer

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