Take the ultimate Christmas quiz

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Test your knowledge of Christmas trivia, from history to pop culture, with this holiday quiz.

Question 1 of 24

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What Christmas-related item did the founders of Hallmark invent?

In 1917, the Hall brothers ran out of tissue paper at their store, so they wrapped gifts with fancy stationery instead.

Question 2 of 24

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What does a Christmas tree symbolize?

Evergreens have historically been brought into homes as a reminder of resiliency and hope for the future. This is true of many cultures, including ancient Egypt and Rome.

Question 3 of 24

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How did the Christmas tree become popular in the U.S.?

In the mid-1800s, Queen Victoria and her German husband were very popular in the United States. Germans had long celebrated Christmas by decorating trees.

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Which two authors can we thank for inspiring the adoption of Christmas traditions in America?

Washington Irving's works about Christmas have been credited with introducing (and possibly inventing) many Christmas traditions. Clement Clarke Moore wrote the famous story "A Visit from St. Nicholas," now known as "'Twas the Night Before Christmas."

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About how many real trees are purchased each Christmas season?

Each year, Americans buy about 30 million real trees and about 12 million fake ones from stores and growers. Real trees are usually grown for at least 15 years before they’re ready to be sold.

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What would a typical medieval Christmas have looked like?

In the Middle Ages, Christians attended church and then partied in a celebration similar to Mardi Gras.

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How was eggnog invented?

The origins of eggnog are a bit muddled, but many believe that the drink derived from a colonial treat called "grog," a catch-all term for any drink made with rum.

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Which of these Christmas-themed town names is not real?

Other real Christmas-y towns: Mistletoe, Kentucky; Christmas, Florida; Noel, Louisiana; Saint Nicholas, Pennsylvania — and there are at least four towns named North Pole.

Question 9 of 24

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Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of:

Saint Nicholas, a Greek bishop who lived in what is now Turkey, is best known for being the patron saint of sailors and children.

Question 10 of 24

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When did Christmas become a federal holiday?

Christmas was not a popular holiday during and after the Revolutionary War, as it was perceived to be an English custom.

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Where did Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer first appear?

Santa’s ninth reindeer was imagined by Robert L. May, who created a booklet for Montgomery Ward as a replacement for the coloring books the store had traditionally given away to children during the holidays.

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Where did Kevin McCallister’s family fly to in 'Home Alone'?

Kevin was left all alone as his parents rushed out the door to catch a flight to Paris. They didn’t realize they had left him at home until they were already on the plane.

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Which Muppet played Charles Dickens in 'The Muppet Christmas Carol'?

Kermit the Frog played Bob Cratchit, while Rizzo played himself alongside The Great Gonzo as Dickens to narrate the story.

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How was Kris Kringle proven to be Santa Claus in 'Miracle on 34th Street'?

Kringle’s proof was that the post office delivered letters addressed to Santa Claus to him, an acknowledgement by the federal government.

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What was the name of the Grinch’s dog?

Poor Max dresses up as a reindeer on the fateful night when Christmas is stolen by his grumpy owner.

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How many cumulative gifts are there in the 12 days of Christmas?

Yep — each verse starts over with all of the previous gifts listed again, so if you added them all up, it would equal 364.

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What did Clark Griswold receive instead of a Christmas bonus in 'National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation'?

As Cousin Eddie says, "It's the gift that keeps on giving the whole year!"

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What is the name of Ralphie’s little brother in 'A Christmas Story'?

In Randy's starring scene, he shows his mother "how the piggies eat."

Question 19 of 24

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How many ghosts visit Ebenezer Scrooge in 'A Christmas Carol'?

Yes, Scrooge gets visits from the three ghosts, but don’t forget who warned him! His old partner, Marley, also appears in ghost form.

Question 20 of 24

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What did Ralphie’s Little Orphan Annie Decoder tell him in 'A Christmas Story'?

Ovaltine? A crummy commercial?! … You finish the rest.

Question 21 of 24

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Finish the lyrics: 'I'm dreaming of a white Christmas…'

Bing Crosby's version of "White Christmas" was the best-selling single of all time. The two different verses are: "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas with every Christmas card I write," and "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas just like the ones I used to know."

Question 22 of 24

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'All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth.' But why?

Famously performed by Alvin and The Chipmunks, this song was actually written by a music teacher after he asked his second-grade class what they wanted for Christmas.

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Who was the original performer of 'Jingle Bell Rock'?

Recorded in 1957, Bobby Helms' rockabilly hit has been covered by dozens of singers and bands in the decades since its release.

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In 'The Polar Express,' what is the 'First Gift of Christmas'?

When he arrives at the North Pole, the young boy who is the subject of "The Polar Express" is chosen by Santa to receive the first gift of Christmas. He asks for one of the reindeer's bells. (Only people who truly believe in Santa can hear it ring.)