Christmas Quiz #2

  1. In which country, the world's seventh largest by geographical area, is Christmas known as Bada Din (the big day)?
  2. Christmas Island, in the Indian Ocean, is a territory of which country?
  3. 'Three Kings Day' is known by what numerical name (that's 'name', not 'date') in Britain?
  4. The North Pole, said to be Santa's home, is located in which ocean?
  5. 'And all the bells on earth shall ring, on Christmas day in the morning...' is from which Christmas carol?
  6. Marzipan is made (conventionally in the western world) mainly from sugar and the flour or meal of which nut?
  7. What is the technical name of Mistletoe plant genus, and also Latin for glutinous?
  8. Peter Auty sang Walking In The Air in what film?
  9. Which Christmas condiment is made from fruit sometimes referred to as marshworts?
  10. Which American-born English poet, having first names Thomas Stearns, wrote the poem The Cultivation Of Christmas Trees?
  11. Which Christmas slogan was introduced by Clarissa Baldwin of Dogs Trust in 1978?
  12. Which British monarch (born 1865, died 1936) introduced the custom of giving thousands of Christmas puddings to staff?
  13. In the UK it is traditionally believed that eating a what each day of the twelve days of Christmas brings happiness the following year: Sausage; Mince pie; Carrot; or Turkey drumstick?
  14. The fortified wine drink Sherry is named after what town?
  15. In Coldplay's 2010 Christmas single video, the Latin phrase Credo Elvem Etiam Vivere (seen above the stage) loosely means what (combining an ironic rock'n'roll myth, with a seasonal sentiment popularised by Greg Lakes's 1975 Christmas hit)? (And for two bonus points: name the Greg Lake song, and the Coldplay 2010 Christmas single)?
  16. What is the surname of the family in the 1989 film 'National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation'?
  17. Who composed the music known as The Nutcracker Suite, for the Christmas themed ballet The Nutcracker, premiered in St Petersburg, 1892?
  18. Which southern central US state, whose capital city has the same name, was the last to recognize Christmas as an official holiday?
  19. In which country, the largest of its continent, is it said that finding a spider web on Christmas morning brings good luck, and so Christmas trees are decorated with artificial spider webs?
  20. What day of the week was Christmas day in the year 2000 (in the conventional western calendar)?
  21. Charles Dickens is said to have considered the names Little Larry and Puny Pete for which character? (Bonus point: in which Dickens novel did the character appear?)
  22. Under which Puritan leader did the English parliament pass a law banning Christmas in 1647?
  23. Name the two administrative and ex-colonial regions of China for whom Christmas day (as at 2010) remains a legal public holiday, whereas in the main country it is not?
  24. In which European country is it said that malicious goblins called Kallikantzoroi (or Kallikantzari - singular Kallikantzoros) play troublesome pranks at Christmas?
  25. Very loosely related to Christmas, the predatory animal 'uncia uncia' is better known by what name?
  26. Which traditional Christmas plant was once so revered by early Britons that it had to be cut with a golden sickle?
  27. In the song 'The Twelve Days Of Christmas', how many swans were a-swimming?
  28. The first singing radio commercial, which aired in the US on Christmas Eve 1926, was for which brand: Rolex; BMW; Wheaties; or Durex?
  29. What former Egyptian president was born on Christmas day in 1918? 
  30. Driving Home For Christmas was a 1988 hit single for which singer?
  31. Who composed the Lieutenant Kijé orchestral suite, for a 1934 film of the same name, including the Troika movement, commonly used as Christmas theme music, usually with prominent sleigh bells?
  32. In Mexico, it is said that wearing what colour/color underwear on New Year's Eve ensures finding new love the following year: Yellow; Green; Red; or Brown?
  33. The Latin word meaning 'coming' gave us what term which still refers to the coming Christmas period, and also to a particular tradition popular with children?
  34. In which country does Santa have his own personal postcode HOH OHO?
  35. In 2004, the post office of which country (international dialling code 49) gave away twenty million free scented stickers, to make Christmas cards smell like fir trees, cinammon, gingerbread or honey wax?
  36. 'Nadolig Llawen' means Merry Christmas in which western European language?
  37. 'Olive the Other... (what?)', is a Christmas book by Vivian Walsh and J Otto Seibold: Reindeer; Snowman; Otter; or Orangutan?
  38. In which country, an archipelago of 6,852 islands, is it considered inappropriate to send red Christmas cards?
  39. The early pagan religious winter festival celebrated by archaic Scandinavian and Germanic people, later absorbed into Christmas celebrations, is still referred to in what alternative word for the Christmas season?
  40. The surname Chandler derives from the making or selling of what?

Christmas Quiz #2 Answers


  1.  In what country, the world's seventh largest by geographical area, is Christmas known as Bada Din (the big day)? India
  2. Christmas Island, in the Indian Ocean, is a territory of which country? Australia
  3. 'Three Kings Day' is known by what numerical name (that's 'name', not 'date') in Britain? Twelfth Night
  4. The North Pole, said to be Santa's home, is located in which ocean? Arctic Ocean
  5. 'And all the bells on earth shall ring, on Christmas day in the morning...' is from which Christmas carol? I Saw Three Ships
  6. Marzipan is made (conventionally in the western world) mainly from sugar and the flour or meal of which nut? Almond
  7. What is the technical name of Mistletoe plant genus, and also Latin for glutinous? Viscum (hence the words viscous and viscosity, referring to semi-solid/semi-liquid and thick sticky substances - derived from the sticky quality of mistletoe berries, and also an early word for birdlime, a sticky substance made from the berries, used to trap birds)
  8. Peter Auty sang Walking In The Air in what film? The Snowman
  9. Which Christmas condiment is made from fruit sometimes referred to as marshworts? Cranberry sauce
  10. Which American-born English poet, having first names Thomas Stearns, wrote the poem The Cultivation Of Christmas Trees? T S Eliot
  11. Which Christmas slogan was introduced by Clarissa Baldwin of Dogs Trust in 1978? A Dog Is For Life, Not Just For Christmas
  12. Which British monarch (born 1865, died 1936) introduced the custom of giving thousands of Christmas puddings to staff? King George V
  13. In the UK it is traditionally believed that eating a what each day of the twelve days of Christmas brings happiness the following year: Sausage; Mince pie; Carrot; or Turkey drumstick? Mince pie
  14. The fortified wine drink Sherry is named after what town? Jerez (Spain - in Spanish, sherry is called Vino de Jerez)
  15. In Coldplay's 2010 Christmas single video, the Latin phrase Credo Elvem Etiam Vivere (seen above the stage) loosely means what (combining an ironic rock'n'roll myth, with a seasonal sentiment popularised by Greg Lakes's 1975 Christmas hit - and for two bonus points: name the Greg Lake song, and the Coldplay 2010 Christmas single)? I Believe Elvis Lives (Greg Lake's song - I Believe In Father Christmas; Coldplay's 2010 Xmas single - Christmas Lights)
  16. What is the surname of the family in the 1989 film 'National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation'? Griswold
  17. Who composed the music known as The Nutcracker Suite, for the Christmas themed ballet The Nutcracker, premiered in St Petersburg, 1892? Tchaikovsky
  18. Which southern central US state, whose capital city has the same name, was the last to recognize Christmas as an official holiday? Oklahoma
  19. In which country, the largest of its continent, is it said that finding a spider web on Christmas morning brings good luck, and so Christmas trees are decorated with artificial spider webs? Ukraine
  20. What day of the week was Christmas day in the year 2000 (in the conventional western calendar)? Monday
  21. Charles Dickens is said to have considered the names Little Larry and Puny Pete for which character? (Bonus point: in which Dickens novel did the character appear?) Tiny Tim - A Christmas Carol
  22. Under which Puritan leader did the English parliament pass a law banning Christmas in 1647? Oliver Cromwell
  23. Name the two administrative and ex-colonial regions of China for whom Christmas day (as at 2010) remains a legal public holiday, whereas in the main country it is not? Hong Kong and Macau
  24. In which European country is it said that malicious goblins called Kallikantzoroi (or Kallikantzari - singular Kallikantzoros) play troublesome pranks at Christmas? Greece(the name is thought to derive from kalos-kentauros, meaning 'beautiful centaur')
  25. Very loosely related to Christmas, the predatory animal 'uncia uncia' is better known by what name? Snow Leopard
  26. Which traditional Christmas plant was once so revered by early Britons that it had to be cut with a golden sickle? Mistletoe
  27. In the song 'The Twelve Days Of Christmas', how many swans were a-swimming? Seven
  28. The first singing radio commercial, which aired in the US on Christmas Eve 1926, was for which brand: Rolex; BMW; Wheaties; or Durex? Wheaties
  29. What former Egyptian president was born on Christmas day in 1918? Anwar Sadat
  30. Driving Home For Christmas was a 1988 hit single for which singer? Chris Rea
  31. Who composed the Lieutenant Kijé orchestral suite, for a 1934 film of the same name, including the Troika movement, commonly used as Christmas theme music, usually with prominent sleigh bells? Prokofiev (Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev)
  32. In Mexico, it is said that wearing what colour/color underwear on New Year's Eve ensures finding new love the following year: Yellow; Green; Red; or Brown? Red
  33. The Latin word meaning 'coming' gave us what term which still refers to the coming Christmas period, and also to a particular tradition popular with children? Advent (as in advent calendars - the 'coming' basically refers to the birth of Christ)
  34. In which country does Santa have his own personal postcode HOH OHO? Canada
  35. In 2004, the post office of which country (international dialling code 49) gave away twenty million free scented stickers, to make Christmas cards smell like fir trees, cinammon, gingerbread or honey wax? Germany
  36. 'Nadolig Llawen' means Merry Christmas in which western European language? Welsh
  37. 'Olive the Other... (what?)', is a Christmas book by Vivian Walsh and J Otto Seibold: Reindeer; Snowman; Otter; or Orangutan? Reindeer
  38. In which country, an archipelago of 6,852 islands, is it considered inappropriate to send red Christmas cards? Japan (because funeral notices are customarily printed in red)
  39. The early pagan religious winter festival celebrated by archaic Scandinavian and Germanic people, later absorbed into Christmas celebrations, is still referred to in what alternative word for the Christmas season? Yule (or Yule-tide)
  40. The surname Chandler derives from the making or selling of what? Candles


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