Christmas Customs Around the World

Test your knowledge of Christmas customs from around the world.

Quiz

Test your knowledge of Christmas customs from around the world.

1. In Belgium, St. Nicholas pays how many visits to each house?

  • One
  • Two
  • Four

2. Brazilians celebrate Christmas partly by:

  • Baking cakes made from corn flour
  • Giving candles to the poor
  • Enjoying the balmy weather outdoors

3. Christians in China call Santa Claus Dun Che Lao Ren, which means:

  • Christmas Old Man
  • Winter Festival Spirit
  • Firecracker-Red Suit

4. Which country is home to the killantzaroi, goblins that appear only during the 12-day period between Christmas and Epiphany?

  • The Netherlands
  • Greece
  • Jamaica

5. In Mexico, the pastorelas are

  • Reenactments of Mary and Joseph's search for an inn
  • Festive garlands made from poinsettia vines
  • A type of meat pie made with lamb, tomatoes, and chilis

6. In Israel, special celebrations are held at the site of Jesus's birth. In which town or city do these celebrations take place?

  • Nazareth
  • Jerusalem
  • Bethlehem

7. The first nativity scene was displayed in 1223 by St. Francis of Assisi in which country?

  • Italy
  • England
  • Turkey

8. In Sweden, the Christmas season begins on December 13, the feast day of St. Lucia. On this day it is traditional for the eldest daughter in every family to:

  • Wear an evergreen wreath with seven lighted candles on her head
  • Begin preparing the lutefisk (dried cod) for Christmas dinner
  • Set up the Christmas crèche

9. In Syria, Christian children receive their gifts from whom?

  • The Christmas genie
  • St. Catherine
  • A camel

10. In which country is a Yule log-shaped cake called a "Bûche de Noel" traditionally served?

  • Spain
  • Barbados
  • France

11. Bonus: Orthodox churches that follow the old Julian calendar will celebrate Christmas on:

  • December 6
  • January 6
  • January 7

Your Results:

1. In Belgium, St. Nicholas pays how many visits to each house?
Two

2. Brazilians celebrate Christmas partly by:
Enjoying the balmy weather outdoors

3. Christians in China call Santa Claus Dun Che Lao Ren, which means:
Christmas Old Man

4. Which country is home to the killantzaroi, goblins that appear only during the 12-day period between Christmas and Epiphany?
Greece

5. In Mexico, the pastorelas are
Reenactments of Mary and Joseph's search for an inn

6. In Israel, special celebrations are held at the site of Jesus's birth. In which town or city do these celebrations take place?
Bethlehem

7. The first nativity scene was displayed in 1223 by St. Francis of Assisi in which country?
Italy

8. In Sweden, the Christmas season begins on December 13, the feast day of St. Lucia. On this day it is traditional for the eldest daughter in every family to:
Wear an evergreen wreath with seven lighted candles on her head

9. In Syria, Christian children receive their gifts from whom?
A camel

10. In which country is a Yule log-shaped cake called a "Bûche de Noel" traditionally served?
France

11. Bonus: Orthodox churches that follow the old Julian calendar will celebrate Christmas on:
January 7

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