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Christmas is finally here! Food, carols, parties, plum cake, fairy lights, the big pine tree spruced up with ornaments – ah, the joy of the season, there’s nothing quite like it! Except, that’s not all what Christmas is truly about, is it?
We all know facts like – ‘December 25th was the day Jesus Christ was born’. We know the story of the ‘wise men’ and who brings presents every year for kids. But take a gander at the following questions to really test your Christmas trivia knowledge!
Ready to Test Your Christmas Knowledge? Let’s Go!
- Which are the traditional colours of Christmas?
- How many ‘Wise Men’ were there and what gifts did they bring with them?
- Which country was Jesus born in?
- What’s the most popular ornament that is placed on top of the Christmas tree?
- Who is the man behind the story of ‘Santa Claus’?
- Name Santa’s original reindeers (Nope, Rudolph isn’t one of them!)!
- Who are the 3 ghosts in the popular Christmas story, ‘A Christmas Carol’?
- What’s the silvery material used to decorate Christmas trees called?
- What’s the poem ‘A Visit from St. Nicholas’ more commonly known as?
- Where was the first Christmas tree put up and originate to give us the common custom that it is today?
- What is the period leading up to Christmas called?
- Who created the very first electrically illuminated Christmas tree?
- How did the shepherds, who visited Jesus on the day of His birth, know where to find Him?
- According to a popular Dr. Seuss book, this character steals Christmas. Who are we talking about?
- What are Santa’s little helpers called? (Hint: One is said to sit on the shelf!)
So, how many did you manage to get out of these 15?
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- Red and Green. The green symbolises the common plants and trees of Christmas-time, such as holly, ivy, mistletoe and so on, while red represents the apple that caused the fall of Adam. Apart from this, there is also speculation that red and green came to be associated with Christmas because they were the colours of the screens that separated the congregation from the altar.
- Although it’s believed that there were 3 Wise Men, there is no mention in the Bible of the actual number. Since the wise men brought with them 3 gifts, gold, frankincense, and myrrh, it was assumed that there were three kings!
- Bethlehem, approximately 10 kilometres south of Jerusalem.
- An angel, to represent the Angel Gabriel or a star, symbolising the Star of David.
- St. Nicholas was a Bishop who was orphaned as a young boy but inherited lots of wealth from his parents. As the legend goes, being the kind person that he was, he would help the poor and distribute gifts secretly to people in need.
- Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen were the original 8 mentioned in the poem ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’. Rudolph ‘the Red-nose Reindeer’ and Olive were additions to this list.
- The Ghost of Christmas Past, The Ghost of Christmas Present, and The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come come and show Ebenezer Scrooge various instances from the Christmases he’s spent!
- Written by Clement Clarke Moore, the poem is more commonly known as ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’.
- The first tree is believed to have been put up in Germany, giving rise to a much-loved tradition!
- Advent is observed on the four Sundays prior to Christmas, and in Latin, it means ‘coming’. It’s a time for waiting and preparing for the coming of Jesus.
- Edward H. Johnson, an associate of the inventor, Thomas Edison, created the first string of Christmas lights. They gained popularity and were used by businesses to decorate their windows, but because they were deemed expensive, it was only after 1930 that electric lights started replacing candles as Christmas decorations in households.
- It is believed that an angel of the Lord appeared before the shepherds and announced to them the birth of Baby Jesus, ‘wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger’.
- The Grinch!
- In American, British, Irish and other such cultures, a Christmas Elf is considered to be Santa’s helper, assisting him with the businesses of the North Pole!
How fun was that? If you managed to score 10 out of 15, well done! That’s quite the trivia knowledge, and you certainly can contest to be a Christmas Elf, if ever the need opens up! And don’t you fret if you didn’t get all the answers; time to brush up on your knowledge with your favourite Christmas stories and movies laid out ready for the holidays!