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Christmas Origins

Do you think you are a whiz at the history of Christmas? Take our quiz and find out.

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Do you think you are a whiz at the history of Christmas? Take our quiz and find out.

1. What is the Spanish phrase for Merry Christmas?

  • Buon Natale
  • Frohe Weihnachten
  • Feliz Navidad
  • Happy Holidays

2. Advent is traditionally symbolized by what icon of ongoing life?

  • Poinsettia
  • Evergreen wreath and candles
  • Fireplace
  • Christmas tree

3. First used by the Colonial Manhattan Islanders, Santa Claus originated from what Dutch name?

  • Saint Santa
  • Saint Christmas
  • Saint Nicholas
  • Saint Claus

4. Now a Christmas custom, what plant did the Druids first hang in hopes of peace and good fortune?

  • Mistletoe
  • Poinsettia
  • Holly
  • Evergreen

5. The small, concealed pictures in the original 17th century advent calendars were taken from what?

  • The Hebrew Bible
  • The dictionary
  • The Book of Psalms
  • The newspaper

6. During the 17th century, on what continent did the Christmas tree first become a holiday tradition?

  • Asia
  • Africa
  • North America
  • Europe

7. What famous Christmas tale includes these words: "When, what to my wondering eyes should appear...."

  • "'Twas the Night Before Christmas"
  • "Memories of Christmas"
  • A Christmas Carol
  • "The Twelve Days of Christmas"

8. What marks the start of the Christmas season and is known as the feast day of St. Andrew the Apostle?

  • First snowfall
  • Advent
  • Winter solstice
  • Lent

9. Christmas, celebrated on the 25th of December, is also known as the Feast of what?

  • Giving
  • Christianity
  • Nativity
  • Winter

10. What language would you be speaking if you used the phrase Joyeux Noel to wish someone a Merry Christmas?

  • Spanish
  • Swedish
  • French
  • Portuguese

1. What is the Spanish phrase for Merry Christmas?
Feliz Navidad

2. Advent is traditionally symbolized by what icon of ongoing life?
Evergreen wreath and candles

3. First used by the Colonial Manhattan Islanders, Santa Claus originated from what Dutch name?
Saint Nicholas

4. Now a Christmas custom, what plant did the Druids first hang in hopes of peace and good fortune?
Mistletoe

5. The small, concealed pictures in the original 17th century advent calendars were taken from what?
The Hebrew Bible

6. During the 17th century, on what continent did the Christmas tree first become a holiday tradition?
Europe

7. What famous Christmas tale includes these words: "When, what to my wondering eyes should appear...."
"'Twas the Night Before Christmas"

8. What marks the start of the Christmas season and is known as the feast day of St. Andrew the Apostle?
Advent

9. Christmas, celebrated on the 25th of December, is also known as the Feast of what?
Christianity

10. What language would you be speaking if you used the phrase Joyeux Noel to wish someone a Merry Christmas?
French

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