Christmas quiz

christmas heartIf you feel you’re a bit lacking in Christmas spirit this year, try our just-for-fun seasonal trivia quiz to get you in a festive mood.





A. The first commercially-produced Christmas card made an appearance in London, in which year?

  1. 1843
  2. 1914
  3. 1782

B. ‘Boxing Day’, the 26th December, is so-called because:

  1. It’s the day for tidying empty gift boxes into the rubbish
  2. It’s the day tradesmen and poor parishioners received a ‘Christmas box’, or present of money
  3. It’s named for a place called Boxing

C. How many reindeer does Santa have?

  1. Nine, including Rudolf
  2. Eight, including Rudolf
  3. Twelve

D. The idea of Christmas trees originally came from:

  1. Italy
  2. France
  3. Germany

E. Which Christmas carol was originally written for the US holiday Thanksgiving, not Christmas at all?

  1. The Holly and the Ivy
  2. Jingle Bells
  3. In the Bleak Midwinter

F. Which angel visited Mary with the news of Jesus’ birth?

  1. Peter
  2. Raphael
  3. Gabriel

G. In France, Father Christmas is known as:

  1. Pere Noel
  2. Papa Niege
  3. Pere Pacques

H. In the song ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’, what did my true love give to me on the fifth day?

  1. Turtle doves
  2. Gold rings
  3. French hens

I. The ingredients of eggnog are:

  1. milk or cream, eggs, sugar, vanilla and brandy
  2. eggs, cinnamon, whisky and chocolate
  3. eggs, Cointreau, wine and nutmeg

J. ‘Mistletoe and wine’ was a Christmas number one for which artist?

  1. Elton John
  2. Paul McCartney
  3. Cliff Richard


ANSWERS: A1, B2, C1, D3, E2, F3, G1, H2, I1, J3

If you got 6 to 8 correct answers: you’re Santa’s favourite elf. Merry Christmas to you!

If you got 3 to 5 correct answers: you’re an elf in training. Find that box of tinsel before it’s too late!

If you got fewer than 3 correct answers: You’re Ebenezer Scrooge. Bah humbug!

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