Christmas Quiz #1

  1. What is the chemical formula of snow?
  2. US President Franklin Pierce introduced what to White House Christmas tradition in 1856?
  3. Which charity in 1949 was the first to produce a Christmas card?
  4. What red-blooming Christmas plant came originally from Mexico?
  5. Brandy is made from distilling what?
  6. What was Girls Aloud's 2002 UK Christmas number one single?
  7. Which famous comedy double-act partner made the first ever UK mobile phone call, New Year's Day, 1985?
  8. White Christmas, a cake made of coconut, crisped rice and dried fruit, is popular in which country?
  9. Quaid-e-Azam's Birthday is a 25th December celebration in which country?
  10. Who is the narrator in the 2000 film The Grinch Who Stole Christmas?
  11. What was the cyclone named that hit Darwin, Australia, in Christmas 1974?
  12. Pine needles are said to be a good source of which vitamin?
  13. Choirboy Peter Auty sang the film version of which song later recorded as a hit record by Aled Jones?
  14. What drink invented by Francis Showering has a fawn mascot?
  15. What creature, noted for feeding on its berries, is linked by name to the mistletoe plant?
  16. In which Christmas carol does this line feature: "Bring me flesh, and bring me wine, bring me pine logs hither"?
  17. What is the birth sign of people born on 25 December?
  18. The Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus on or around 1 January celebrates specifically what happening to the baby Jesus?
  19. Complete the famous rhyming line which follows: "At Christmas play and make good cheer, ... ?
  20. 'Full of Eastern Promise' is an advertising slogan of what exotically positioned chocolate product?
  21. Which poem written by Clement Moore was originally titled A Visit from Saint Nicholas?
  22. What was the title of the first Christmas TV special Peanuts cartoon?
  23. What celebratory receptacle is falsely claimed to have been modeled on the breast of Marie Antoinette?
  24. Which two states in the US have towns called Christmas?
  25. Which author and creator of Jekyll and Hyde, gave his birthday by formal deed to Anne Ide because she disliked her own birthday of December 25th?
  26. What animal is the Scandinavian Christmas Julbock symbol?
  27. Christmas Crackers was the first Christmas edition of which popular UK comedy series?
  28. What song topped the UK charts at Christmas in 1957 and in a medley version in 1978?
  29. Which hugely popular actor was born on Christmas day 1899?
  30. What British spacecraft was lost on Mars at Christmas 2003?
  31. What was Queen's 1984 Christmas single called?
  32. American cartoonist Thomas Nast is credited with creating the traditional image of which popular Christmas character?
  33. Jackie Wilson's re-issued song Reet Petite became the 1986 UK Christmas number one after helping to advertise what brand?
  34. What is the name of Dorothy Gale's dog in The Wizard of Oz?
  35. Born Christmas day 1908, by what name was gay icon author of The Naked Civil Servant popularly known?
  36. What is a baby Turkey more correctly called, other than a chick?
  37. La Befana is the legendary character who delivers Christmas presents to children in which country?
  38. Who is the central businessman character in the film It's a Wonderful Life?
  39. In technical astronomical terms what is the duration of the winter solstice; an instant, a day, three months, or six months?
  40. What Christmas-time song did James Pierpont compose in 1857?
  41. What is the title of biggest selling Christmas single, globally?
  42. Gwyl San Steffan is the name for 26th December (St Stephen's Day or Boxing Day) in which country?
  43. Which actress singer who charted with Santa Baby and starred as Catwoman died on Christmas day 2008?
  44. What Christmas item takes its name from the old French word estincelle, meaning spark?
  45. Who is regarded as the first Christian martyr?
  46. Kiritimati, the first inhabited place to experience each New Year, is more commonly known as what?
  47. What Paul McCartney hit song video featured the First World War Christmas Truce meeting of German and British soldiers in no-man's land between the front line trenches?
  48. Who was said to have presented the baby Jesus with Frankincense?
  49. In which city was the Salvation Army founded?
  50. When the Julian calendar was switched to the Gregorian calendar how many days were dropped?
  51. What drink advert launched the slogan 'The Right One' in 1970?
  52. What is Virgil Hilts' nickname in the film The Great Escape?
  53. Before the tradition of hanging stockings up at Christmas what did Dutch children hang by the fireside?
  54. In which country is it a tradition to hide all brooms in the house on Christmas Eve?
  55. Who wrote the songs for the 1954 film White Christmas?
  56. Which US President banned Christmas trees from the White House?
  57. How many courses are there traditionally in a Ukrainian Christmas Eve supper?
  58. In the song The Twelve Days of Christmas, how many pipers are there?
  59. From what does the month of December take its name?
  60. What did Scottish students take from Westminster Abbey on Christmas day 1950?

Christmas Quiz #1 Answers

  1. What is the chemical formula of snow? H2O
  2. US President Franklin Pierce introduced what to White House Christmas tradition in 1856? Christmas tree
  3. Which charity in 1949 was the first to produce a Christmas card? UNICEF (originally the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund, now called United Nations Children's Fund)
  4. What red-blooming Christmas plant came originally from Mexico? Poinsettia (Euphorbia Pulcherrima)
  5. Brandy is made from distilling what? Wine
  6. What was Girls Aloud's 2002 UK Christmas number one single? Sound of the Underground
  7. Which famous comedy double-act partner made the first ever UK mobile phone call, New Year's Day, 1985? Ernie Wise
  8. White Christmas, a cake made of coconut, crisped rice and dried fruit, is popular in which country? Australia
  9. Quaid-e-Azam's Birthday is a 25th December celebration in which country? Pakistan(also known as Muhammad Ali Jinnah he is considered the country's founder)
  10. Who is the narrator in the 2000 film The Grinch Who Stole Christmas? Anthony Hopkins
  11. What was the cyclone named that hit Darwin, Australia, in Christmas 1974? Tracy
  12. Pine needles are said to be a good source of which vitamin? C
  13. Choirboy Peter Auty sang the film version of which song later recorded as a hit record by Aled Jones? Walking in the Air (from The Snowman)
  14. What drink invented by Francis Showering has a fawn mascot? Babycham
  15. What creature, noted for feeding on its berries, is linked by name to the mistletoe plant? Mistle thrush
  16. In which Christmas carol does this line feature: "Bring me flesh, and bring me wine, bring me pine logs hither"? Good King Wenceslas
  17. What is the birth sign of people born on 25 December? Capricorn
  18. The Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus on or around 1 January celebrates specifically what happening to the baby Jesus? Circumcision
  19. Complete the famous rhyming line which follows: "At Christmas play and make good cheer, ... ? For Christmas comes but once a year (from Thomas Tusser's instructional poem A Hundred Good Points of Husbandry, The Farmer's Daily Diet, written in 1557 - also the source of 'A fool and his money are soon parted')
  20. 'Full of Eastern Promise' is an advertising slogan of what exotically positioned chocolate product? Fry's Turkish Delight
  21. Which poem written by Clement Moore was originally titled A Visit from Saint Nicholas? The Night Before Christmas
  22. What was the title of the first Christmas TV special Peanuts cartoon? A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
  23. What celebratory receptacle is falsely claimed to have been modeled on the breast of Marie Antoinette? Champage coupe (or champagne saucer, more loosely, champagne glass - the flat saucery one, not the long thin pointy one)
  24. Which two states in the US have towns called Christmas? Arizona and Florida
  25. Which author and creator of Jekyll and Hyde, gave his birthday by formal deed to Anne Ide because she disliked her own birthday of December 25th? Robert Louis Stevenson
  26. What animal is the Scandinavian Christmas Julbock symbol? Goat (precisely a Yule Goat)
  27. Christmas Crackers was the first Christmas edition of which popular UK comedy series? Only Fools and Horses
  28. What song topped the UK charts at Christmas in 1957 and in a medley version in 1978? Mary's Boy Child (Harry Belafonte and Boney M, respectively)
  29. Which hugely popular actor was born on Christmas day 1899? Humphrey Bogart
  30. What British spacecraft was lost on Mars at Christmas 2003? Beagle 2
  31. What was Queen's 1984 Christmas single called? Thank God it's Christmas
  32. American cartoonist Thomas Nast is credited with creating the traditional image of which popular Christmas character? Santa Claus (Father Christmas)
  33. Jackie Wilson's re-issued song Reet Petite became the 1986 UK Christmas number one after helping to advertise what brand? Levi's (Levi Strauss & Co)
  34. What is the name of Dorothy Gale's dog in The Wizard of Oz? Toto
  35. Born Christmas day 1908, by what name was gay icon author of The Naked Civil Servant popularly known? Quentin Crisp (born Denis Charles Pratt)
  36. What is a baby Turkey more correctly called, other than a chick? Poult
  37. La Befana is the legendary character who delivers Christmas presents to children in which country? Italy (Befana loosely means a witch)
  38. Who is the central businessman character in the film It's a Wonderful Life? George Bailey (played by James Stewart)
  39. In technical astronomical terms what is the duration of the winter solstice; an instant, a day, three months, or six months? An instant (in the northern hemisphere between 21-22 Dec each year; in the southern hemisphere between 21-22 June)
  40. What Christmas-time song did James Pierpont compose in 1857? Jingle Bells (or, One Horse Open Sleigh)
  41. What is the title of biggest selling Christmas single, globally? White Christmas (by Bing Crosby)
  42. Gwyl San Steffan is the name for 26th December (St Stephen's Day or Boxing Day) in which country? Wales
  43. Which actress singer who charted with Santa Baby and starred as Catwoman died on Christmas day 2008? Eartha Kitt
  44. What Christmas item takes its name from the old French word estincelle, meaning spark? Tinsel
  45. Who is regarded as the first Christian martyr? St Stephen
  46. Kiritimati, the first inhabited place to experience each New Year, is more commonly known as what? Christmas Island
  47. What Paul McCartney hit song video featured the First World War Christmas Truce meeting of German and British soldiers in no-man's land between the front line trenches? Pipes of Peace
  48. Who was said to have presented the baby Jesus with Frankincense? Balthazar
  49. In which city was the Salvation Army founded? London (1865, orginally the Christian Mission, by William Booth)
  50. When the Julian calendar was switched to the Gregorian calendar how many days were dropped? Eleven
  51. What drink advert launched the slogan 'The Right One' in 1970? Martini
  52. What is Virgil Hilts' nickname in the film The Great Escape? The Cooler King
  53. Before the tradition of hanging stockings up at Christmas what did Dutch children hang by the fireside? Shoes
  54. In which country is it a tradition to hide all brooms in the house on Christmas Eve? Norway (according to legend, witches would steal them otherwise)
  55. Who wrote the songs for the 1954 film White Christmas? Irving Berlin
  56. Which US President banned Christmas trees from the White House? Theodore Roosevelt
  57. How many courses are there traditionally in a Ukrainian Christmas Eve supper? Twelve(each one is dedicated to an apostle)
  58. In the song The Twelve Days of Christmas, how many pipers are there? Eleven
  59. From what does the month of December take its name? Ten (Latin, decem - it was the tenth month of the early Roman calendar)
  60. What did Scottish students take from Westminster Abbey on Christmas day 1950? The Coronation Stone (or Stone of Scone, or Stone of Destiny)


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