Door 18: Christmas Quiz Time!

You might need to QUIZ upon a star to get all the answers right!


It’s that time of the year again – that’s right, Christmas quiz time! Let us know how many you get right!


 

  1. 1 When was the term "Xmas" invented?

    1. 1020
    2. 1021
    3. 1022
    4. 1023
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Most scholars agree that the first appearance of this abbreviation for Christmas dates back to 1021, when an Anglo-Saxon scribe saved himself space by writing "XPmas".

  2. 2 Which country did eggnog come from?

    1. America
    2. England
    3. Germany
    4. Spain
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    Wrong!

    Nobody seems to know the exact origins of eggnog, but it originated in England centuries ago. According to reports into its origin, it originally was a wintertime drink for the British aristocracy. The name evidently came from two words – grog, another word for rum, and noggins, a word for the small wooden mugs that the drink was served in.

  3. 3 Who designed the first Christmas card?

    1. Henry Cole
    2. John Horsley
    3. WH Smith
    4. JK Rowling
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Bit of a tricky question this time! The custom of sending Christmas cards, as we know them today, was started in the UK in 1843 by Sir Henry Cole - a senior civil servant. Sir Henry had the idea of Christmas Cards, and approached his friend John Horsley, who was an artist. John Horsley designed the first card and sold them for 1 shilling each.

  4. 4 True or False: the first Christmas tree appeared in Australia

    1. True
    2. False
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Germany is credited with starting the Christmas tree tradition as we now know it in the 16th century when devout Christians brought decorated trees into their homes.

  5. 5 True or False: "Jingle Bells" was always intended to be a Christmas song.

    1. True
    2. False
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    False! The now-classic holiday tune "Jingle Bells" was written in the mid-19th century by James Pierpont while he experienced homesickness from living in Savannah, GA. Though debated, some believe it was originally written for the Thanksgiving program at his father's church.

  6. 6 True or False: Christmas was once outlawed in America

    1. True
    2. False
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    True! From 1659 to 1681, the Puritans did not allow Christmas to be celebrated, going so far as to officially outlaw celebrating the date. Christmas wasn't designated a national holiday until almost two centuries later, in 1870.

  7. 7 How many gifts in total were given in “The Twelve Days of Christmas” song?

    1. 362
    2. 363
    3. 364
    4. 365
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Yes, we sat there and counted it all up. No, we're not ever getting the time we wasted back.

  8. 8 What is the best selling Christmas song of all time?

    1. Silent Night
    2. Jingle Bells
    3. White Christmas
    4. All I Want for Christmas Is You
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    "White Christmas" by Bing Crosby holds the Guinness World Record for the best-selling Christmas single of all time. Interestingly, the most recorded Christmas song of all time is "Silent Night," according to Time!

  9. 9 True or False: There was once a 'real-life' Santa Claus.

    1. True
    2. False
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    True! The Christian bishop Saint Nicholas was the inspiration behind the jolly man we all know and love. St. Nicholas, a generous, gift-gifting clergyman, lived in modern day Turkey and devoted his life to helping the poor.

  10. 10 What is the highest grossing Christmas movie of all time?

    1. Home Alone
    2. The Grinch
    3. A Christmas Carol
    4. Elf
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Surprisingly (or perhaps unsurprisingly to some), the 2018 release of The Grinch is the highest grossing Christmas movie of all time. With a gross of $512.3 million in just two years, the Universal feature starring the voice of Benedict Cumberbatch smashed the previous record holder, Home Alone, which brought in $476.7 million internationally.

Door 18: Christmas Quiz Time!

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    (Get it? Quizard? Wizard? I'm proud of that one.)

    Wow! Your Christmas knowledge is unmatched, and it shows! 

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    So close! I reckon if you did the quiz again you'd definitely get them all right. 

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    Not bad at all! Although you'll need to study up a bit more if you want to earn those imaginary higher ranks. Just think - why settle for bronze, when you could get silver or even gold?

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    Tough luck! But you know, I don't think it's a bad thing that you didn't get many questions right. If anything, it just means you're using your time more productively than learning random facts about Christmas. Unlike me, that is, who has learnt more about the festive season while putting together this quiz than any normal human should...

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