How well do you know your Christmas Traditions?

I started this quiz as part of my research for a game I am making for a Christmas party tonight. I was amazed at how much of the Christmas traditions are actually fairly 'new' and how so many have their origins in either pagan rituals or the Victorian period.

So how much do YOU know? Do you know where Rudolph came from? Do you know the origin of "The Twelve Days of Christmas"? or why people decorate with greenery? Test your knowledge and see if you are a Christmas trivia buff!

Created by: ginny hrushka of Facebook
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  2. What is your gender?
  1. Despite its pagan origin, Christmas was celebrated by most Puritans
  2. Which Victorian author wrote “A Christmas Carol”?
  3. Modern depictions of Santa Claus as a jolly, fat elf clothed in red and white with rosy cheeks and a twinkle in his eye owe their inspiration to:
  4. True or False? All of Santa’s reindeer are male.
  5. True or False? The famous Christmas song Silver Bells was written about the Salvation Army bell ringers.
  6. True of False? The character "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" was originally created as a holiday promotional gimmick for the Montgomery Ward department store chain.
  7. True or False? The Song “The Twelve Days of Christmas” focused on the Feast of Epiphany; the season between December 25th and January 6th.
  8. What was the origin of the abbreviation “Xmas”?
  9. The tradition of hanging stockings by the chimney for Christmas was inspired by:
  10. According to tradition, the first historical personage to decorate a fir tree with lights (actually candles, in those days) to celebrate Christmas was:
  11. True or False? Pets and small children should not eat poinsettias, because they are poisonous and can cause death.
  12. The tradition of "decking the halls" with boughs of holly and other greenery originated from:
  13. What year did the song “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” become popular?
  14. What year was the first commercially-made Christmas card sold?
  15. True or False? Historians have been able to confirm the belief that Jesus was born on December 25th.
  16. Why did Ginny make this quiz?

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Quiz topic: How well do I know my Christmas Traditions?