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1. Alternatively named Christmas Star, what flower was named by the United States' first ambassador to Mexico?


answer Answer: Poinsettia

Interesting Information:
Joel Roberts Poinsett first named the poinsettia in 1828 while he was the U.S. Minister to Mexico. In addition to Mexico, the poinsettia is indigenous to Guatemala. Difficulty: Very Easy.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Snapdragon, Holly, Hydrangea

2. Who played Scrooge in the movie "The Muppet Christmas Carol"?


answer Answer: Michael Caine

Interesting Information:
Based on the book "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens, the Muppet version also featured Kermit the frog as Bob Cratchit, with Miss Piggy as his wife. The film was first released in 1992. Difficulty: Average.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Antonio Banderas, Kevin Costner, David Niven

3. This holiday classic involving Macy's and Kris Kringle was set in New York City during the Christmas shopping season. What is the name of the movie?


answer Answer: Miracle on 34th Street

Interesting Information:
The original film was released in 1947 and featured the nine-year-old Natalie Wood as the little girl who still believed in Santa Claus. The story was retold a few more times in made-for-TV and theatrical releases. Difficulty: Average.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Miracle on 42nd Street, Miracle on 3rd Avenue, Miracle on 5th Avenue

4. Which British Invasion band gave us the holiday classic "Father Christmas"?


answer Answer: The Kinks

Interesting Information:
An interesting song in which the singer is playing Father Christmas at a department store and gets mugged by a gang of kids who aren't interested in any silly toys. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
The Who, The Rolling Stones, The Animals

5. In the 1980s, which British group had hits with "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go" and "Last Christmas"?


answer Answer: Wham!

Interesting Information:
Wham! was a British duo formed in 1981 by George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley. They parted ways in 1986. Difficulty: Easy.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Culture Club, Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet

6. Who are the stars of the romantic comedy adaption of "A Christmas Carol", "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past"?


answer Answer: Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner

Interesting Information:
Connor Mead (McConaughey) attends his brother's wedding only to come face to face with "ghosts" representing all the ex-girlfriends he has dumped, cheated on and jilted. At the end he faces an epiphany and reunites with his first love Jenny (Garner). Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Ryan Reynolds and Eliza Dushku, Ben Affleck and Megan Fox, George Clooney and Jennifer Connelly

7. Which country does the popular Christmas song "Silent Night" originate from?


answer Answer: Austria

Interesting Information:
"Silent Night" (German "Stille Nacht") was written by the Austrian priest Josef Mohr and composed by the Austrian headmaster Franz Xaver Gruber. The English version was first published in 1859 by Bishop John Freeman Young, Bishop of the Diocese of Florida. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands

8. Which country has since 1947 traditionally provided the UK with a Christmas tree for Trafalgar Square in London?


answer Answer: Norway

Interesting Information:
The tree, a Norwegian Spruce, is given by the city of Oslo in thanks for Britain's support for Norway during the Second World War. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Sweden, Australia, Germany

9. If Christmas Day falls on a Sunday, on which day of the week (in the same year) will Hogmanay be celebrated?


answer Answer: Saturday

Interesting Information:
Hogmanay is the name given by the Scots to the New Year's Eve festivities. New Year's Eve (on 31 December) is six days after Christmas (on 25 December), so the celebrations will take place six days after Sunday, which is a Saturday. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Sunday, Monday, Friday

10. Which Charles Dickens novel features a Christmas Party at Dingley Dell?


answer Answer: The Pickwick Papers

Interesting Information:
"The Pickwick Papers" is the first novel written by Dickens. It was published in 1836. Its original title was "The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club". "Oliver Twist" one of the best known classics, was his second novel. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Scrooge, Little Dorrit, Nicholas Nickleby

11. St. Nicholas is known around the world as Father Christmas, but what is he actually the patron saint of?


answer Answer: Sailing

Interesting Information:
St. Nicholas was born in Turkey. He was well known for his work traveling the world and converting countless people to Christianity. It is also why he became a saint. After his death, sailors would pray to him for a safe voyage at sea. His habit of buying gifts for orphans during Christmastime wasn't really acknowledged until long after his death. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Giving, Travel, Orphans

12. In 'The Nightmare before Christmas', who tried to sabotage Jack when he was about to leave to act as Santa?


answer Answer: Sally

Interesting Information:
Sally tried to sabotage Jack because she had a vision of a Christmas tree burning up, signaling that bad things were to happen. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Oogie Boogie, Santa himself, Doctor Finklestein

13. What actor played Luther Krank in "Christmas with the Kranks"?


answer Answer: Tim Allen

Interesting Information:
Tim Allen played Luther Krank in "Christmas with the Kranks". He was a guy whose Christmas got turned upside down when, instead of taking a dream vacation with his wife, he spent it with his family. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Jake Busey, Tom Posten, Dan Aykroyd

14. In which sport would you find a 'Christmas Tree', but not associated with Christmas itself?


answer Answer: Auto racing

Interesting Information:
The Christmas Tree is the name given to the starting lights in drag racing. Usually consisting of seven lights, it has a pre-stage light, stage light, three yellow countdown lights, a green light for go, and a red light for foul. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Badminton, Gaelic football, Water Polo

15. "It's Christmas Time" was a single released in 2008, by which UK rock band?


answer Answer: Status Quo

Interesting Information:
After over 40 years in the music business Status Quo finally released a Christmas song. It reached number 40 in the UK charts and was written by Rick Parfitt and Wayne Morris (who has his own band called Morris). Also included on the CD are live versions of two of their first hits "Pictures of Matchstick Men" and "Ice in the Sun". Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Saxon, Slade, Whitesnake

16. What is the name of the main character in Tim Burton's 'The Nightmare Before Christmas'?


answer Answer: Jack Skellington

Interesting Information:
Fed up with all of the old tricks and treats of Halloween, Jack, wishing for something new, stumbles upon Christmas Town. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Jake Skeleton, Jim Skeletor, John Skelling

17. Which artist composed the lyrics and score for Tim Burton's 'The Nightmare Before Christmas'?


answer Answer: Danny Elfman

Interesting Information:
Danny Elfman also did the music for 'Edward Scissorhands' and 'The Corpse Bride'. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Billy Joel, Randy Newman, Alan Menken

18. The first Christmas stamp was issued in Canada in 1898. In what year did the US issue its first stamp to commemorate Christmas?


answer Answer: 1962

Interesting Information:
The 1898 Canadian stamp featured a map of the world and the words "Xmas 1898". Several other countries began issuing stamps to mark the Christmas season in the following years, but not until 1962 did the US take up the trend. The first US Christmas stamp showed a green wreath, candles, and "Christmas 1962". The US Postal Service has been issuing holiday stamps since then, now including Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and the Muslim holiday Eid. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
1899, 1902, 1947

19. In "A Charlie Brown Christmas", what does Lucy Van Pelt really want for Christmas?


answer Answer: Real estate

Interesting Information:
She reveals this to Charlie Brown as he is seeking the true meaning of Christmas from her psychiatric stand. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Money, To be the Christmas Fairy, A kiss from Charlie Brown

20. In 'The IT Crowd' what is the name of the man who lives in the cupboard, played by Noel Fielding, in the IT department?


answer Answer: Richmond

Interesting Information:
Richmond used to be the right hand man of Denham (the boss) but when he became a goth he was relegated to the cupboard in the IT department. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Rory, Moss, Edgar

21. With what song did St Winifred's School Choir achieve the 1980 UK chart Christmas number one?


answer Answer: There's No-One Quite Like Grandma

Interesting Information:
The St. Winifred's School Choir song was "There's No-One Quite Like Grandma", at the number one spot for two weeks over the Christmas period of 1980. It was one of the last UK Christmas number one singles to achieve one million record sales.
One of the choir, Sally Lindsay, went on to act in the soap opera, "Coronation Street". Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
There's Only One Like Grandpa, There's No-One As Good As Daddy, There's Only One Lady Like Mummy

22. Which song, sharing its name with an upbeat Christmas Carol, starts with the line "Jeremiah was a bullfrog"?


answer Answer: Joy to the World

Interesting Information:
"Joy to the World" was written by Hoyt Axton and performed by the band Three Dog Night. It made the number one spot on the US Charts in 1971. Difficulty: Average.
 
Some incorrect choices:
O Come All Ye Faithful, Silent Night, Bullfrog Nights

23. This Swiss Christmas Beer is only brewed on December 6th and matures for over 10 months before bottling. Which beer is it?


answer Answer: Samichlaus

Interesting Information:
As well as being a rare beer, Samichlaus is also among the world's strongest beers at around 14% alcohol by volume. Since 2000, it's been brewed at an Austrian brewery, Schloss Eggenberg. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Budweiser, Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale, Paulaner Salvator

24. Who invented the Christmas cracker?


answer Answer: Tom Smith

Interesting Information:
Christmas crackers were invented by the Englishman Thomas Smith in 1847 in London. He was a confectioner, and his initial idea was suggested by the way bonbon sweets were wrapped in a twist of paper. To increase sales, he thought up the idea of putting a written motto in with each sweet. Then came the 'crackle' and after that the hat and gift (the ideas of his son, Walter) and the cracker evolved from there. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Tom Jones, Jack Robinson, Jack Frost

25. The song "Mary's Boy Child" topped the UK charts at Christmas 1957. Who released it?


answer Answer: Harry Belafonte

Interesting Information:
"Long time ago in Bethlehem/So the Holy Bible say/Mary's boy child, Jesus Christ/Was born on Christmas day..."
Known for his calypso style, Harry Belafonte was born in New York City in March 1927. The song spent seven weeks at the top of the UK charts and was the first to ever sell more than one million copies in the UK. In 1978, it topped the charts for Boney M. Other well-known Belafonte hits included "Banana Boat Song" and "Matilda, Matilda". Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Harry Seacombe, Tony Christie, Tony Blackburn

26. In the 1964 stop-motion Christmas special "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer", who is Rudolph's father?


answer Answer: Donner

Interesting Information:
Rudolph's father is Donner. He is so embarrassed by his son's shiny red nose that he puts a black covering over it. When a blizzard ensues, Rudolph saves Christmas by using his shiny nose the guide Santa to all the Children's houses. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Prancer, Blitzen, Comet

27. What is the name of the dog in the book "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" by Dr. Seuss?


answer Answer: Max

Interesting Information:
The Grinch's dog is named Max. Dr.Seuss was trying to point out the commercialization of Christmas and that the real reason for this holiday is the celebration of life and of love. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Rex, Buck, Jack

28. Many Japanese celebrate Christmas with a special meal from which USA fast food chain restaurant?


answer Answer: Kentucky Fried Chicken

Interesting Information:
Since the 1970s when KFC entered Japan, a successful marketing campaign has firmly linked chicken with Christmas. KFC offers a special Christmas dinner menu complete with Christmas cake and salad. Reservations must be made in advance to ensure a meal as the lines stretch outside the store. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
McDonald's, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut

29. Robert L. May was the creator of which Christmas character?


answer Answer: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Interesting Information:
Rudolph is Santa's ninth reindeer and is responsible for guiding the sleigh with his red nose. He was created in 1939 for a story and the song "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer". He is still commonly featured in Christmas television shows, movies and Christmas novelties. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Santa Claus, The Grinch, Mrs. Clause

30. In the movie "The Nightmare Before Christmas", Jack Skellington has a ghost dog named Zero. What is Zero's nose shaped to look like?


answer Answer: a pumpkin

Interesting Information:
Indeed Zero has a pumpkin shaped nose and it glows a bright orange color. How else could Santa Jack fly on that foggy Christmas Eve? If you look closely at his nose, it looks like the pumpkin is even carved like a Jack-O-Lantern. How fitting that the dog of The Pumpkin King would have this for a nose! Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
a nose, a lightbulb, a Christmas ornament

31. On Christmas 1776, General George Washington conducted a surprise invasion of which state capital occupied by Hessian soldiers?


answer Answer: Trenton, New Jersey

Interesting Information:
Actually, Trenton didn't become the capital of New Jersey until 1790. Trenton was briefly considered as a potential national capital in 1784, but the southern states wanted the capital below the Mason-Dixon line. Washington's surprise invasion occurred in 1776. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
New York, New York, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Newark, New Jersey

32. Who directed the 1993 film "The Nightmare Before Christmas"?


answer Answer: Henry Selick

Interesting Information:
Henry Selick is a stop motion animator. "The Nightmare Before Christmas" was the first film he directed. His other director credits include "James and the Giant Peach", "Monkeybone" and "Coraline". Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Tim Burton, Danny Elfman, Walt Disney

33. If you wanted to see the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, which US western state would you visit?


answer Answer: California

Interesting Information:
Santa Cruz Beach is just one of many great beaches along the coast of California. It has its own little theme park and the food isn't bad either. Difficulty: Very Easy.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Washington, Oregon, Arizona

34. From the German Christmas carol "O Tannenbaum," what is a tannenbaum?


answer Answer: Christmas tree or fir tree

Interesting Information:
Fir trees have inspired many versions of this classic holiday carol. Ernst Anschutz wrote the most popular version in 1824. Difficulty: Easy.
 
Some incorrect choices:
beautiful ornament, twinkling light, garland strand

35. Which British coin was placed in Christmas puddings prior to cooking them?


answer Answer: sixpence

Interesting Information:
It was believed to bring good luck and wealth for the person that found it, for the coming year. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
penny, shilling, half crown
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