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Christmas Victorian Quiz

Quiz Questions

  1. Which 1843 book changed the way people celebrate Christmas?
  2. Who gave a series of nineteen Christmas lectures for young people between 1827 and 1860 at the Royal Institution in London?
  3. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert celebrated every one of their 20 Christmases together at which residence?
  4. The name of what dessert is repeated in the lyrics of "We Wish You a Merry Christmas"?
  5. By the mid-1800s what name was a common variant of "St. Nicholas" or "Santa Claus" in the United States?

  6. In Victorian times, postmen were commonly referred to by what nickname due to their red uniforms?
  7. The Victorian era began in which year?
  8. In the Victorian era it was quite common to have clubs for working-class families to save up for what item for the Christmas dinner?
  9. Which American author had a major contribution in the way Americans celebrate Christmas?
  10. Which prime minister gave MPs only four days off at Christmas in 1893?
  11. The four candles of the Advent wreath specifically symbolize the Christian concepts of hope, peace, joy and what else?
  12. Sir Henry Cole commissioned the first commercial what in 1843?
  13. The depiction of what on the first Christmas cards proved to be controversial in Victorian times?
  14. By what title is the 1823 poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas" better known?
  15. What was a good way of preserving the meat in mince pies in a time before fridges, salting, smoking, curing, or drying?
  16. Which 1892 ballet by Tchaikovsky is set on Christmas Eve in a child's imagination?
  17. What was invented by London sweet maker Tom Smith in 1846?
  18. In Victorian England, thousands of what made the annual trip of about 80 miles to London wearing small boots of sacking or leather?
  19. Catholic priest Frederick Oakeley translated the hymn "Adeste Fideles" into which carol?
  20. The woven heart is a traditional Danish Christmas tree decoration. The oldest known Danish heart was made by which person in 1860?
  21. The introduction of what by Rowland Hill encouraged the sending of Christmas cards in Victorian England?
  22. The 1887 edition of Beeton's Christmas Annual had the first image of which fictional character on the cover?
  23. The Christmas game of snapdragon involved pulling sweets from what: (a) water, (b) flames, or (c) a stocking?
  24. "What Child Is This?" is a popular American Christmas carol set in 1871 to the tune of which traditional English folk song?
  25. Previously used for adorning sculptures, what was added to Christmas trees to enhance the flickering of the candles?
  26. What is the more common name for the alcoholic drink also known as spiced wine?
  27. Which Christmassy song published by William Sandys in 1833 was probably traditionally known as "As I Sat On a Sunny Bank" and was particularly popular in Cornwall?
  28. In 1889, American poet Katharine Bates popularized what in the poem "Goody Santa Claus on a Sleigh Ride": (a) Mrs Claus, (b) reindeers, or (c) snowmen?
  29. Charles Darwin wrote in 1877 that the scarity of what in spring had resulted in fewer berries on holly to decorate Christmas hearths?
  30. Prince Albert is often credited with having established the Christmas tree into Victorian England but it was actually Queen Charlotte who introduced the first known tree at Windsor in December 1800, who was the German wife of which king?
  31. "Chill December brings the sleet, blazing fire and Christmas treat" is a verse from which Sara Coleridge poem?
  32. What day became statutory bank holiday in England and Wales in 1871 but did not became a public holiday in Scotland until 1974?


  1. A Christmas Carol
  2. Michael Faraday
  3. Windsor Castle
  4. Figgy pudding
  5. Kris Kringle
  6. Robins
  7. 1837
  8. Goose (Goose Clubs)
  9. Washington Irving
  10. William Gladstone
  11. Love
  12. Christmas cards
  13. Children drinking
  14. The Night Before Christmas
  15. Alcohol
  16. The Nutcracker
  17. Christmas crackers
  18. Turkeys
  19. O Come All Ye Faithful
  20. Hans Christian Andersen
  21. The Penny Post, or modern postal service
  22. Sherlock Holmes
  23. Flames
  24. Greensleeves
  25. Tinsel
  26. Mulled wine
  27. I Saw Three Ships
  28. (a) Mrs. Claus
  29. Bees
  30. George III
  31. The Garden Year
  32. Boxing Day