Christmas Trivia Q & A

Christmas Trivia

If you need some fun facts to put together a Christmas trivia game for your family, there’s no shortage of surprising knowledge to choose from. In keeping with the holiday spirit, here is a mish-mash of seasonal questions and answers. Enjoy!

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1. What Christmas decoration’s name is derived from Anglo-Saxon words that literally mean “dung on a twig?”

Answer: Mistletoe. This parasitic plant is spread through bird droppings on tree branches.

2. How did poinsettias get their name?

Answer: In 1825, American statesman and amateur botanist Joel Poinsett brought them back from a trip to Mexico, where they grow wild.

3. In what country do many people put up Christmas decorations in September and leave them up through January?

Answer: The Philippines.

4. Which Christmas song has been recorded more than any other?

Answer: “Silent Night.”

5. In total, how many birds are given to the recipient in “The 12 Days of Christmas?”

Answer: 23. (Seven swans a-swimming, six geese a-laying, four calling birds, three French hens, two turtledoves, and one partridge in a pear tree.)

6. Who put up the first ever Christmas light display?

Answer: Thomas Edison, to market his light bulb invention. String lights were invented a few years later.

7. What fairy tale inspired the invention of gingerbread houses?

Answer: Hansel and Gretel.

8. What is the most popular Christmas Eve dinner in Japan?

Answer: Kentucky Fried Chicken.

9. Which fruit was used to fill stockings when the tradition of hanging them first began?

Answer: Oranges.

10. In what year did NORAD start tracking Santa’s location on Christmas Eve?

Answer: 1955.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our selection of trivia questions and answers.

Merry Christmas!

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