Do you “deck the halls” and love “rocking around the Christmas tree?” Is Christmas your favorite holiday? Think you know all the answers about this holiday season? Test your skills and knowledge in this holiday quiz and see if you really are the ultimate fan of Christmas.
1. Which state was the first to legalize Christmas as an official holiday in 1836?
A. New York
2. What is the most popular best-selling Christmas single?
A. “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby
B. “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” by Gene Autry
C. “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” by Bruce Springsteen
D. “Here Comes Santa Claus” by Gene Autry
3. Who was the author of the famous “A Christmas Carol” starring Ebenezer Scrooge?
A. Philip Van Doren Stern
B. Frank Capra
C. Charles Dickens
D. Mickey Rooney
4. In what country are some streets in the capital blocked off on Christmas Day in order for people to roller-skate to church?
5. In what European country was the first Christmas card made on Dec. 9, 1842?
6. Which famous Christmas song represents the time it took the three wise men to travel to visit Jesus after his birth?
A. “Silent Night”
B. “Mary, Did You Know?”
C. “The First Noel”
D. “The Twelve Days of Christmas”
7. Which real life ruler banned Christmas celebrations in England from 1647 to 1660?
A.. James I
B. Louis XIV
C. Oliver Cromwell
D. James II
8. What famous Christmas song was originally written for Thanksgiving?
A. “Jingle Bells”
B. “Home for the Holidays”
C. “Joy to the World”
D. “Sleigh Ride”
9. When added all together, what is the total number of presents received in the Twelve Days of Christmas?
10. What was Ebenezer Scrooge’s original line before it was switched to “Bah Humbug?”
A. “Bad Christmas”
B. “Bah Christmas”
C. “Ah Humbug”
D. “No Christmas”
11. Do you know an old wives’ tale about Christmas and bread?
A. If you eat blessed bread on Christmas Day, the pure of heart will be able to speak with animals.
B. It is bad luck to throw away bread after Christmas Eve dinner.
C. Bread baked on Christmas Eve will stay fresh forever.
D. Santa Claus was believed to give bread to the poor as his first gift.
12. What is the day after Christmas commonly referred to in Canada?
A. Quiet Day
B. Boxing Day
C. Holy Christmas
D. Quebec Day
13. Statistically, around how many times will you be pushed or elbowed while Christmas shopping?
14. Which country believes that a kind old witch, La Befana, delivers the Christmas presents instead of Santa?
C. Puerto Rico
15. Which Christmas carol was written for a church choir when the organ was broken and they had to use a guitar instead?
A. “Silent Night”
B. “Angels We Have Heard on High”
C. “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly”
D. “The Little Drummer Boy”
16. When did Christmas become a national holiday in America?
A. Dec. 22, 1852
B. Jan. 1, 1795
C. June 26, 1870
D. March 5, 1901
17. What is the average time people spend wrapping Christmas presents?
A. 2 hours and 27 minutes
B. 6 hours and 48 minutes
C. 3 hours and 25 minutes
D. 2 hours and 16 minutes
18. How many times per minute are Visa cards used during the Christmas season?
19. What Christmas movie is played most often on television each year?
A. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”
B. “It’s a Wonderful Life”
C. “A Christmas Story”
D. “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”
20. Who was the first U.S. president to decorate a White House Christmas tree?
A. Abraham Lincoln
B. Theodore Roosevelt
C. Franklin Pierce
D. William Taft
21. What year did Hallmark create and sell its first Christmas cards? (Hint: It was five years after the founding of the company!)
22. How much of their annual revenue do stores make in the month before Christmas?
A. 50 percent
B. 70 percent
C. 35 percent
D. 85 percent
23. What was the most popular Christmas present in 1980?
A. Cabbage Patch Dolls
C. Rubik’s Cube
D. Barbie Dolls
24. In what European country is it customary for the youngest child to watch for the first star to appear before Christmas Eve dinner can begin?
25. Which of the following is NOT an actual city?
A. Mistletoe, Alaska
B. Santa Claus, Ariz.
C. Noel, Mo.
D. Christmas, Fla.
Rachel Wieclaw is a junior at North Tonawanda High School.
ANSWERS: 1. C. Alabama; 2. A. “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby; 3. C. Charles Dickens; 4. A. Venezuela; 5. D. England; 6. D. “The Twelve Days of Christmas;” 7. C. Oliver Cromwell; 8. A. “Jingle Bells;” 9. D. 364; 10. B. “Bah Christmas;” 11. C. Bread baked on Christmas Eve will stay fresh forever; 12. B. Boxing Day; 13. C. 3; 14. A. Italy; 15. A. “Silent Night”; 16. C. June 26, 1870; 17. A. 2 hours and 27 minutes; 18. D. 5,340; 19. C. “A Christmas Story”; 20. C. Franklin Pierce; 21. D. 1915; 22. B. 70 percent; 23. C. Rubik’s Cube; 24. A. Poland; 25) A. Mistletoe, Alaska