Another Christmas Quiz!

Test your trivia knowledge for all things Christmas!

  1. 1 There've been some bad Christmas no. 1s, but I reckon this is one of the worst - Mr Blobby! But which year was it?

    1. 1989
    2. 1993
    3. 1991
    4. 1995

    It was 1993. Feels like yesterday for those of us of a certain age...

  2. 2 Which country gives Britain the Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square?

    1. Finland
    2. Sweden
    3. Norway
    4. Denmark

    Norway. And there's nor-way you'll forget that again, will you?

  3. 3 In the poem "Twas The Night Before Christmas", the names of Santa's eight reindeer are given. Which is the letter that the largest number of the names start with?

    1. C
    2. B
    3. R
    4. D

    They are Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen. So the answer is D (and no, sorry, Rudolf is not in there - he's a newcomer!)

  4. 4 In which country is steamed sheep's head a traditional Christmas food?

    1. Norway
    2. Malaysia
    3. Estonia
    4. Iceland

    Norway. Now I love Norway, but I'm seriously not going to visit there at Christmas, hearing that! Makes even sprouts seem appetising in comparison

  5. 5 Turkey forms the centrepiece of the traditional Christmas dinner. But where do they originate?

    1. United States
    2. Turkey (duh!)
    3. Mexico
    4. England

    No, not Turkey! How's that for confusing, eh? The domesticated turkey originates in Mexico. So why isn't it traditional to have turkey tacos, eh?

  6. 6 Here are some initial letters in the first lines of some Christmas carols (example: AIAM = "Away in a Manger"). Except one isn't a Christmas carol. Which one?

    1. WTKOOA
    2. HTHAS
    3. OLTOB
    4. IDWALFC

    Figured them all out? No? You obviously haven't had enough Christmas music inflicted on you yet! They are:- We Three Kings of Orient Are, Hark The Herald Angels Sing, O Little Town of Bethlehem... and I Don't Want A Lot For Christmas (which may be absolutely everywhere but is not actually a carol)

  7. 7 How many presents in total on the 12th day of Christmas (count a "maid a milking" etc as one item - not the lady and the cow separately.)

    1. 78
    2. 83
    3. 144
    4. 66

    78 it is. Which you can figure out by doing 1+2+3+....+12
    (Be glad I didn't ask you for the total for all twelve days!)

    For those of a mathematical persuasion, there's a quicker way than just adding up... hope you used it! (Not that I'm judging or anything)

  8. 8 Which of these is the name Santa goes by in Finland?

    1. Kanakaloka
    2. Mikulas
    3. Joulupukki
    4. Julenissen

    Kanakaloka is from Hawaii, Mikulas from Hungary, Julenissen from Norway and Joulupukki from Finland.

    Now since Santa probably resides in Finnish territory, maybe you need to think how you're addressing him if you want to be on the nice list!

  9. 9 Here are some "facts" about everyone's favourite(?!?) festive veg, Brussels Sprouts. One of them is untrue. Which?

    1. The British eat more sprouts per head than any other nation
    2. An area equivalent to more than 3200 football pitches is devoted to sprout-growing in the UK
    3. Sprouts are a traditional English food, with references dating back to the 13th century
    4. The record for sprout-eating is 31 in a minute

    Actually, sprouts were first mentioned only in the late 18th century.
    So maybe our ancestors rightly regarded them as inedible? They knew a few things back in the day, then!

  10. 10 Which of these is the highest grossing Christmas movie?

    1. Die Hard
    2. The Grinch
    3. Home Alone
    4. Elf

    It's Home Alone, from way back in 1990.

    (Oh, and as the question shows, Die Hard IS a Christmas movie, so there!)

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