A Christmas Quiz

A Christmas Quiz

By Ken K. Gourdin

No, we should never forget “the reason for the season.” That does not, however, mean we cannot also have a little fun while we’re at it! To that end, I have put together the following quiz. Take the quiz, and see how you do. (Feel free to provide feedback in comments: Were the questions too easy? Too hard? What other Christmas-related subjects should I cover, perhaps, in a quiz for next year?) There are 25 questions numbered Q1 through Q25, after which the answers appear, numbered A1 through A25. (You should be able to answer some of these if you have been following the blog this month!) Enjoy!


Q1 In the song, The Twelve Days of Christmas, on the tenth day, what did “my true love” give ten of to me?
Q2 Red and green are colors commonly associated with Christmas. What other Christmas “color” did one pioneer of rock-and-roll sing about?
Q3 What gifts did the three wise men bring to the young child Jesus?
Q4 In the song, Rudoph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer, who is the fourth reindeer mentioned?
Q5 Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of what two groups?
Q6 In the song, It Came Upon The Midnight Clear, “the world in solemn stillness lay” to do what?
Q7 In what conflict was there an informal “Christmas Truce” when men on opposing sides reportedly exchanged gifts and sang Christmas carols to one another across the lines?
Q8 In The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, one potential reason for why the Grinch hated Christmas has to do with his heart. What is it?
Q9 Who wrote the text of the well-known Christmas hymn, I Heard The Bells on Christmas Day?
Q10 On cans of what brand of soft drink does a painting of Santa Claus appear this time of year?
Q11 Who wrote the well-known Christmas song, Here Comes Santa Claus?
Q12 On Christmas Eve 1968, Frank Borman, James A. Lovell, Jr., and William A. Anders delivered a Christmas message from an unusual location by reading from the book of Genesis in the Holy Bible. Where were they?
Q13 In the film It’s a Wonderful Life, at the end of the film, what does Zuzu say happens every time a bell rings?
Q14 What short Christmas film features Jimmy Stewart in his final role, along with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir?
Q15 In the song The Little Drummer Boy, what does the Baby Jesus do to the Little Drummer Boy at the end of the song?
Q16 In the Jose Feliciano song, Feliz Navidad, what do the following three Spanish words and phrases mean in English? (1) Feliz Navidad; (2) Prospero ano; (3) Felicidad?
Q17 The English carol Silent Night has been translated from what other language, and what is its original title in that language?
Q18 What two articles of clothing, mentioned by the narrator, are his wife and he wearing in A Visit From Saint Nicholas, also known as The Night Before Christmas?
Q19 Who is the first “Who” the Grinch meets in Dr. Seuss’s The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, and what was she doing?
Q20 What well-known phrase does Tiny Tim, from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, utter?
Q21 Who wrote a letter to The New York Sun asking if Santa Claus is real?
Q22 In the song, I’ll Be Home for Christmas, where will Christmas Eve find the singer?
Q23 In the song, White Christmas, for what do “children listen”?
Q24 In A Visit From Saint Nicholas, also known as The Night Before Christmas, what happened as the narrator “drew in [his] head and was turning around”?
Q25 What do candy canes represent?


A1 Ten lords a leaping
A2 Blue (Elvis Presley, Blue Christmas)
A3 Gold, frankincense, and myrrh (see Matthew 2:11 in the Holy Bible)
A4 Vixen
A5 Sailors and children
A6 Hear the angels sing
A7 World War I
A8 It was “two sizes two small”
A9 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
A10 Coca-cola
A11 Gene Autry
A12 Orbiting the moon aboard the Apollo 8 spacecraft
A13 An angel gets his wings
A14 Mr. Krueger’s Christmas
A15 Baby Jesus smiles at The Little Drummer Boy
A16 (1) Merry Christmas; (2) Happy (prosperous) new year; (3) Happiness
A17 German (Stille Nacht)
A18 His wife is wearing a kerchief, and he is wearing a cap
A19 Cindy-Lou Who, who had gotten out of bed for a cup of cold water
A20 “God bless us, every one!”
A21 Virginia O’Hanlon
A22 “Where the love light gleams”
A23 “To hear sleigh bells in the snow”
A24 “Down the chimney Saint Nicholas came with a bound”
A25 Shepherds’ staffs

About kenngo1969

Just as others must breathe to live, I must write. I have been writing creatively almost ever since I learned to write, period! I have written fiction, book- and article-length nonfiction, award-winning poetry, news, sports, features, and op-eds. I hope, one day, to write some motivational nonfiction, a decent-selling novel, a stage play, and a screen play.
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