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True or False: Christmas Quiz


  1. Christmas crackers were developed in Germany in 1847, by a candymaker named Tomas Schmit?
  2. It's a nationwide tradition to eat Kentucky Fried Chicken at Christmas in France?
  3. 'Jingle Bells' was originally written for Thanksgiving?
  4. The poinsettia derives its English name from American politician Joel Poinsett?
  5. Selling Christmas crackers in the UK to a person under the age of 12 is illegal?
  6. If you were born on Christmas Day, your star sign is Sagittarius?
  7. In his plays, William Shakespeare uses the word "Christmas" just three times?
  8. Dick Whittington married his former master's daughter Alice Fitzwarren?
  9. In Scotland, Boxing Day became a bank holiday in 1974?
  10. Elvis Presley's only UK Christmas number one was in 1962 with 'Return to Sender'?
  11. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was first created for an animated film?
  12. Denmark is Europe's largest exporter of Christmas trees?
  13. Santa is represented by 13 figures known as the Yule Lads in Icelandic culture?
  14. The opening words in Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas" were sung by George Micheal in 1984?
  15. On Christmas Island the annual mass migration of the Christmas Island Butterfly is described as an "epic" event?
  16. Channel 4 broadcasts The Alternative Christmas Message?
  17. Robins appeared on the first Christmas cards?
  18. In Eastenders, Den handed Angie divorce papers on Christmas Day in 1986?
  19. Fred Trump, Donald Trump's father, had the unusual middle name of Christ?
  20. Reindeer's antlers are branched bones that never shed and do not grow back?
  21. The film Die Hard follows police detective John McClane who is caught up in a terrorist takeover of a New York skyscraper?
  22. "Marley was dead" are the first words of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens?
  23. Traditionally a silver shilling was put into Christmas pudding to bring good luck to the person who found it?
  24. The church traditionally suggests that it took 12 days between the birth of Jesus and the arrival of the Three Wise Men. Hence, the 12 Days of Christmas?
  25. In Home Alone, Kevin is eight-years-old?
  26. The average 6ft Christmas tree takes between four and six years to grow?
  27. The weight of a standard Quality Street Chocolate tub in 2022 is 600 grams?
  28. "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" was originally a song sung by servants to demand alcoholic drinks from their employers?
  29. "Silent Night" was the first song performed in space?
  30. Shane MacGowan, who composed and sung "Fairytale of New York", was born on Christmas Day?
  31. A nutcracker is a doll that resembles a toy soldier?


  1. FALSE (devloped in London by candymaker Tom Smith in 1847)
  2. FALSE (it's a tradition in Japan)
  3. TRUE (written by James Lord Pierpont, to be sung on Thanksgiving. First published in 1857.)
  4. TRUE
  5. TRUE (the snaps found in the crackers are considered to be small explosives)
  6. FALSE (it's Capricorn)
  7. TRUE (Once at the beginning of Taming of the Shrew and Twice in Love's Labour's Lost.)
  8. TRUE
  9. TRUE (although in England and Wales it has been a bank holiday since 1871)
  10. TRUE
  11. FALSE (Rudolph first appeared in 1939 in a promotional colouring story book created for the Montgomery Ward department store in Chicago)
  12. TRUE (and Belgium is Europe's second largest exporter)
  13. TRUE
  14. FALSE (they were sung by Paul Young)
  15. FALSE (the migration is by the Christmas Island red crab)
  16. TRUE
  17. FALSE (Robins appeared on designs 40 years after Henry Cole asked artist John Horsley to design the first ever Christmas card in 1843)
  18. TRUE (with 30 million people watching)
  19. TRUE (Frederick Christ Trump Sr.)
  20. FALSE (they shed every year and grow back)
  21. FALSE (the skyscrpaer is in Los Angeles)
  22. TRUE ("Marley was dead, to begin with." is the first sentence.)
  23. FALSE (traditionally it was a silver sixpence)
  24. TRUE
  25. TRUE (Kevin McCallister is eight)
  26. FALSE (it takes between six and 10 years to grow)
  27. TRUE
  28. TRUE
  29. FALSE ("Jingle Bells" was first - broadcast during NASA's Gemini 6A space flight in 1965.)
  30. TRUE
  31. TRUE (Nutcracker dolls are also known as Christmas nutcrackers)