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Christmas Past

Test your festive knowledge of past Christmases

  1. Which song was the 1973 UK Christmas number one: Wizzard’s 'I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day', or Slade’s 'Merry Christmas Everybody'?
  2. Which decade in the 1800s saw Tom Smith invent Christmas crackers, the first commercial Christmas cards and also the publication of A Christmas Carol?
  3. Which film premiered on UK TV on 25 December 1989 and remains the single most-viewed Christmas Day film in the UK?

  4. On Christmas Day, 1991, who formally resigned in a televised speech?
  5. In the 2015 John Lewis Christmas advert what item was received via a hot-air balloon?
  6. In 2001, "Time Magazine" named which American 'Person of the Year'?
  7. In the 1970s, which company sold the Party Seven bulk tins of Red Barrel bitter?
  8. In 1656 Dutch astronomer Christiaan Huygens created what sort of clock?
  9. Planned as a free hand out in the run up to Christmas 1955, which book became ‘The best-selling annual publication’ in history?
  10. The Raleigh Chopper was a child's dream bike in the 1970s, but can you remember the manufacturer of its 3-speed and 5-speed gear hubs?
  11. On Christmas Eve 1989, Charles Taylor overthrew the president of which country?
  12. What gets thrown out of the door on St Knut's Day? It's a Swedish holiday on January 13th.
  13. On 25 December 1967 Paul McCartney announced his engagement to which lady?
  14. Who showed us to make an advent crown from wire coat hangers and tinsel, with a lit candle at each corner?
  15. On 24 December 1989, which country's dictator, Manual Noriega, sought asylum at a Vatican embassy?
  16. George Washington led his strong army across which river on the night of the 25th of December?
  17. Which film premiered in the UK on 26 December 1975?
  18. The Man Who Invented Christmas is a 2017 Christmas biographical film about who?
  19. Prunella Scales and Jane Horrocks featured in several Christmas adverts for which company?
  20. What did the The Toy Retailers Association name as toy of the Year in both 1980 and 1981?


  1. Slade’s 'Merry Christmas Everybody'
  2. 1840s
  3. Crocodile Dundee
  4. Mikhail Gorbachev (President of USSR)
  5. A telescope ('Man on the Moon' advert)
  6. New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani
  7. Watneys
  8. The pendulum clock
  9. Guinness Book of Records
  10. Sturmey Archer
  11. Liberia
  12. Christmas tree
  13. Jane Asher
  14. Blue Peter (obviously before the health and safety)
  15. Panama
  16. Delaware River
  17. Jaws
  18. Charles Dickens
  19. Tesco
  20. Rubik's Cube