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Spread that holiday cheer with the perfect Christmas quiz.

I've written plenty of articles on hilarious trivia and games, like Best 80's Movie TriviaFun Icebreaker Games, and Presidential Trivia so it's safe to say that I have pretty extensive knowledge when it comes to quizzes.

So, if you're looking to kick off the best Christmas party games from Gamertelligence.com, do it with trivia questions. They should be number 1 on your list of fun things to do during the holidays.

Let's get the celebrations started!

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Christmas Playable Quiz

Do you love Christmas and know everything about it? This quiz will show you how much you really know:

Exciting Christmas Quiz To Make The Holiday More Fun

Watch a Christmas special, build Frosty the Snowman, decorate the Christmas tree. There are so many traditional activities to get you into the holiday spirit. But this season, if you're looking for a Christmas activity that brings a challenge but is loads of fun, make some room for an exciting Christmas quiz! It will become a new family Christmas tradition, one you'll play for many years to come.

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Easy Christmas Questions Perfect for Kids

Easy trivia is ideal for kids. Christmas quiz questions should be about the things they know and love about the special holiday. So talk about Santa's reindeer, Father Christmas himself, and even argue about how Harry Potter is a great fit for the holiday season!

Whatever the topics, keep the festive season alive by playing Trivia for Kids!

Here are 5 perfect Christmas questions for kids:

1. From what country did the Christmas tree originate?

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Germany

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The tradition of Christmas trees was brought to England in the early 19th century, and they were decorated with toys and small gifts. They also had candies, popcorn strings, and fancy cakes hung by ribbons on their branches. Western missionaries introduced China and Japan to these festive trees in the 19th and 20th centuries. Their trees were decorated with intricate paper designs.

2. Where did the word Christmas originate?

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It originates from the words Cristes Maesse meaning 'Mass Of Christ'.

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Christmas is actually a pretty recent word. The earlier term for it was "Yule" which referred to the feast of the winter solstice. Christmas in other languages is: Navidad in Spanish, Natale in Italian, Noël in French—all denote nativity.

3. The short version of Christmas is also known as what?

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Xmas.

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Did you know people believe shorting Christmas to "Xmas" is an attempt to remove Christ from Christmas? But the "X" in "Xmas" is actually an abbreviation of the Greek name of "Christ", Χριστός (Christos). It starts with the Greek letter Chi. This abbreviation of "Christ" as "X" can be traced back to some written documents dated as early as 1100 AD.

4. What does mistletoe symbolize?

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Love, laughter, and compassion.

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Mistletoe is a plant that grows on trees, and some species are toxic to humans if ingested. The mistletoe berry ripens in December, and the plant stays green, which is why it appeals in wintertime.

5. Where was Jesus born?

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Bethlehem

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A Palestinian town south of Jerusalem in the West Bank, Bethlehem is where the Church of Nativity stands. Within the church, the holy site known as the Nativity Grotto is thought to be the cave that Jesus was born. It's a major Christian pilgrimage destination.

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Fun Questions To Ask About Christmas

Be a kid again, play a Bing Crosby Christmas number, eat lots of Christmas cake, and enjoy a white Christmas, asking fun trivia questions! What runs Santa's sleigh? What's the biggest snowman ever built? Be ready to dish out fun questions to ask!

Here are 5 fun questions to ask:

6. Complete the lyrics: On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me…

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Five gold rings

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The origins of "The Twelve Days of Christmas" song are unknown, but the best known English version was first printed in 1780 in a book for children called Mirth Without Mischief.

7. Name the kings who visited Baby Jesus.

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Casper, Melchor and Balthazar

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Their homage to the infant Jesus became one of the most popular themes in Christian art. Balthasar is said to be the king of Arabia or sometimes Ethiopia, Melchior as a king of Persia, and Casper, sometimes known as Gaspar, as a king of India.

8. Can you name all Santa's reindeer?

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Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, Rudolph

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While raindeers may not fly, they can run as fast as 48 mph (80 km per hour) and can travel quite a bit. They are known to travel up to 3,000 miles (nearly 5,000 km) in a year! And Santa doesn't have to worry about them waking up the kids because they're very quiet, only communicating and vocalizing during mating season.

9. Who stole Christmas?

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The Grinch

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Jim Carrey is famous for his role as The Grinch but did you know he almost quit the movie? It took eight and a half hours for the make-up and prosthetics application process, which he said in a 2014 interview on The Graham Norton Show was like being "buried alive".

10. What does the word "advent" mean?

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Coming

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The first advent calendars were created in 1851 and were handmade. From Germany, Lutherans counted down the first 24 days of December.

Hard Christmas Quiz for Everyone Who's Up For A Challenge

Nothing like a bit of competition with family and friends during the holiday season, right? So why not test everyone's knowledge with a few hard trivia questions?

This might be a great way to let the naughty children redeem themselves... if they get the questions right!

Here are 5 hard quiz questions: 

11. What year was the Christmas card invented?

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1834

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The cards used to be a status symbol; the number of cards you received was a sign of your popularity. They mainly circulated among the wealthy, and sometimes servants were hired to help pile up the points by being sent out to deliver them. The idea was the more you sent out, the more you'd receive in return.

12. What Christian group banned Christmas in Boston from 1659 to 1681?

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The Puritans

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Trees and decorations were said to be unholy pagan rituals, and typical holiday dishes like pudding were outlawed. The Puritans ordered stores and businesses to stay open all day on Christmas Day. Even town criers were sent through the streets yelling, "No Christmas, no Christmas!"

13. What political cartoonist is largely responsible for defining what the modern Santa Claus must look like?

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Thomas Nast

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During the holidays in 1862, the "Father of the American Cartoon" drew Santa Claus visiting a Civil War Camp. Thomas Nast's drawing of Santa Claus first appeared on the cover of the January 3, 1863, issue of Harper's Weekly.

14. In what decade did Coca-Cola start using Santa Claus in advertisements?

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1920

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Coca-Cola developed "Sprite Boy" in 1942, a character who appeared in Coca-Cola ads alongside Santa Claus during the 1940s and 1950s. Sprite Boy was given his name because he was a sprite, meaning elf. Coca-Cola didn't introduce the popular beverage Sprite until the 1960s.

15. In what country did Silent Night originate?

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Austria

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It was Christmas Eve, 1818, when Father Joseph Mohr asked his friend, Franz Gruber, to help him with a poem he had written two years earlier. Gruber, a school teacher, wrote an accompaniment for the poem. That night, the two men sang their song at St Nicholas Church, and it was then that one of the best-loved carols was born.

Christmas Trivia Questions Based on Movies

One of the best parts of the festive season is the incredible number of movies brought out to warm our hearts, make us laugh, and bring us closer together. Ask some movie trivia questions to start a great conversation with the film buffs. Chances are, these aren't just watched during the holidays!

Here are 5 questions based on movies:

16. What’s the name of the town It’s a Wonderful Life takes place in?

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Bedford Falls

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Philip Van Doren Stern decided to give the gift of words to his closest friends for the holidays after years of unsuccessfully trying to sell his short tale, The Greatest Gift, to publishers. He sent out 200 copies of his story as a 21-page card. A producer at RKO Pictures, David Hempstead, got his hands on one of them and paid $10,000 for the film rights. It's a Wonderful Life became the film title.

17. How many Oscars did Miracle on 34th Street win?

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3

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Miracle on 34th Street made the world believe in Santa Claus. In 1985, the movie was one of the first films to be colorized. Maureen O'Hara, who played Doris, was one of the film purists who believed it should have remained black and white. It created quite a controversy.

18. In which state is Home Alone filmed?

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Illinois

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There is a lot of fun Home Alone trivia, including the fact that it was the highest-grossing Christmas film of all time until Jim Carrey's 2018, The Grinch, took the top spot. When John Hughes wrote the film, he had Macaulay Culkin already in mind. Chris Columbus still auditioned over 100 kids for the part, but none proved as good as Culkin.

19. What is the name of the head elf at the North Pole in the movie The Santa Claus (1994)?

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Bernard

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Written by Leo Benvenuti and Steve Rudnick, this comedy-drama film's title was almost going to be Such a Clatter until it was later changed. It starred Tim Allen as Scott Calvin, responsible for Santa Claus falling off his roof. The movie grossed $189 million and has since become a Christmas-time staple after its release in November 1994.

20. What Christmas film features a train that takes children to the north pole?

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The Polar Express

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This animated feature was based on a picture book by Chris Van Allsburg, the author and illustrator famous for the 1981 children's book Jumanji. Both books were awarded the prestigious Caldecott Medal.

Downloadable and Printable List Of Christmas Quiz

Here is a downloadable and printable jpg/pdf list of Christmas quiz (right-click the image and select Save Image As...):

8 Christmas Fun Facts To Share During Christmas Eve

Impress your family and friends by sharing the best fun facts about the special day. You don't have to ask questions or play Christmas trivia; you can simply share fun tidbits.

Here are 8 fun facts:

1. The tradition of hanging stockings comes from a legend about marriage.

Hang your stocking, and they'll be filled with small toys and gadgets, lollies, money, and other small gifts when Santa Claus arrives.

2. Santa's sleigh has to travel 5,083000 mph to deliver presents to all the children in the world.

Thanks to time zone differences, Santa gets 31 hours to deliver all his presents. If his sleigh were real, it would be undeniably the fastest vehicle in the world.

3. Jingle Bells became the first-ever Christmas song broadcasted from space in 1965.

When a Boston music publishing house first printed the holiday song in 1857, it was released under a different title. "One Horse Open Sleigh" was re-released two years later with its more familiar title, "Jingle Bells".

4. Menudo is a staple soup traditionally served at Mexican Christmas dinners.

The soup is made with cow's stomach, or tripe, in a broth with a red chili pepper base. It's traditionally prepared by the entire family and is also believed to be a hangover cure!

5. Known as Christmas caroling today, the Winter solstice celebration actually started in Europe thousands of years ago when people sang pagan songs to celebrate.

The word "carol" means "dance" or a song of praise and joy! The pagans would celebrate as they danced round stone circles, singing their songs.

6. Martin Luther is believed to be the first person to put lighted candles in a Christmas tree.

The 16th-century Protestant reformer, Martin Luther, was said to be walking home one winter evening when he was inspired by the bright shining stars twinkling amidst evergreens.

7. In central European popular legend, Krampus is a half-goat, a half-demon monster that punishes misbehaving children at Christmas time.

Although there are many variations to his appearance, Krampus is commonly described as a hideous and terrifying figure.

8. Leaving milk and cookies for Santa on Christmas eve became popular in the united states in the 1930s during the Great Depression.

It was said to be a teachable moment! Despite the severity of financial issues during this time, parents didn't want their children to stop being charitable and thankful for what they had. They were encouraged to leave out milk and cookies to show their gratitude for the presents they would receive from Santa.

How To Make The Yuletide Party More Fun With Quizzes

Spice up your party by introducing new and old games! And quizzes are perfect because they're suitable for everyone and can be tailor-made for its players. If you want to spice the game up a little to make it extra fun, here are some fantastic ideas:

1. Bring on the prizes!

This holiday is a favorite because of all the presents. For every answer a player gets correct, why not reward them with a small gift.

2. Include a tie-breaker round.

If you're keeping score, sometimes a tie-break round is necessary! You can choose to save some really hard questions for this, or you can incorporate another popular game, like charades, to determine a winner.

3. Consider the order of your questions.

Your family and friends should be having a good time. It's the holidays, after all. Create a great game by mixing up the difficulty levels of your questions. They should be ordered in a way that not too many difficult questions are put together. Scatter them. Your players should also get to feel victory.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you've got more questions about quizzes, then maybe these frequently asked questions can clear up some things.

Why is a Christmas quiz good for a family gathering?

Quizzes are fun. They're great at family gatherings because they're exciting. When they're tailor-made or questions are chosen for the players in mind, quizzes can increase self-esteem and confidence. From kids to grandparents, everybody can get involved. Quizzes are an entertaining way to hang out.

What time should we start our Christmas quiz?

The best thing about a Christmas party game is you can play at any time. You can throw some quiz questions over at your family and friends while having Christmas dinner to keep the conversations alive and interesting, or over a mince pie or Christmas pudding in the afternoon. However your Christmas celebrations are planned out, Christmas trivia is fine to do at any time.

What prizes should I prepare to make people participate in a family Christmas quiz?

Everyone loves a delicious candy cane. Or, if you've had enough of Christmas food, perhaps the winner can choose the Christmas movie. Depending on when you're playing, maybe the person that scores the most points can open a Christmas present early.

Are Christmas quizzes good for virtual parties?

Yes! Yes, they are! Any sort of trivia and question games are suitable for virtual get-togethers. They're easy to host, and anyone can participate.

How can I make everyone answer Christmas quizzes without making them bored?

If people are in a festive spirit, having everyone answer holiday-themed questions won't be an issue. Choose a mix of questions that the participants will know the answer to and some hard ones to challenge them.

What is a great Christmas story to share?

A popular favorite is Charles Dickens' 1843 novella A Christmas Carol. The three spirits visit its protagonist, Ebenezer Scrooge, a cold-hearted miserly person who despises Christmas to show him the error of his ways. The tale is of his redemption. There have been many movies adaptions made too.

More Fun Holiday Trivia Questions

Christmas isn't the only holiday where trivia questions are a fun game to play! If you're having a get-together on any special occasion, it's good to be prepared with some fun activities. Asking entertaining and themed questions is a great option!

  1. Know any spooky facts? If you've got the ghosts, witches, and werewolves around, then Halloween Trivia is what you need.
  2. The family is due to gather for the biggest feast of the year. Why not try some Thanksgiving trivia questions? It's bound to keep the dinner table lively.
  3. Do you smell love in the air? Whether you play with your date or with your friends as you gather as singles, Valentine's Day trivia can help you find a new appreciation for this day of love.

Conclusion

I hope you've discovered a new yearly tradition in our Christmas quiz! While you have your family and friends gathered, give them the gift of entertainment because trivia questions really are surprisingly amusing and so enjoyable! Then find more fun things to do by checking out other Christmas party games on our site here. Merry Christmas!

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