1. In 1882, who became the first person to successfully light a Christmas tree, using 80 homemade strings of electric lamps?

  1. First Lady Ellen Arthur

  2. Thomas Edison

  3. Edward Johnson

2. The first fully decorated Christmas tree to be documented was in what city and year?

  1. Amsterdam, 1534

  2. Strasbourg, 1605

  3. Milan, 1640

3. Who is credited with introducing the Christmas tree to England?

  1. Charles Dickens

  2. Clement Clarke Moore

  3. Prince Albert

4. What kind of tree did Prince Albert cut and bring into Windsor Castle to amuse his young wife, Queen Victoria?

  1. fir

  2. pine

  3. spruce

5. What stood on the uppermost branch of Prince Albert’s Christmas tree?

  1. a star

  2. an angel

  3. a candle

6. In America, Christmas trees became popular in the 19th century. Who was one of the first merchants to aggressively promote their use?

  1. James Cash Penney

  2. Messrs. Sears and Roebuck

  3. Catskill woodsman Mark Carr

7. Where and when were coniferous evergreens first used as decorations for the Christmas season?

  1. Northern Europe, A.D. 900

  2. Turkey, A.D. 800

  3. Southern France, A.D. 700

8. In 1843, who mailed 1,000 colored lithographed cards, launching the tradition of exchanging Christmas cards?

  1. Queen Victoria

  2. William Henry Harrison

  3. Sir Henry Cole

9. Some of the earliest Christmas tree ornaments were made of what substance?

  1. wood

  2. wax

  3. tin

10. In Southern Germany, in the late 17th century, ornaments were attached to silver and gold rope and hung from the:

  1. ceiling

  2. stairway

  3. tree

11. In the mid-1860s, the Pennsylvania-German people hung wafer-thin cakes made of almond paste on their Christmas trees. These were known as:

  1. kugels

  2. marzipan

  3. matzebaums

12. The della-Robbia style, which consists of symmetrically arranged foliages, flowers, berries, cones and brightly colored fruits:

  1. is named after Renaissance sculptor, Luca della Robbia

  2. originated in Italy

  3. is popular today

  4. all of the above

13. What botanical is unlucky to bring indoors before Christmas Eve and must be put outside before the Twelfth night (January 5)?

  1. ivy

  2. holly

  3. mistletoe

14. What Christmas story was written by an employee of Montgomery Ward and distributed by the store in 1939, becoming an American holiday standard?

  1. Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer

  2. A Visit from St. Nicholas

  3. The Little Drummer Boy

15. How long has “Xmas,” the common English abbreviation for Christmas, been used?

  1. more than 50 years

  2. more than 500 years

  3. since the birth of Christ

16. What is the most commonly recognized origin of the abbreviation “Xmas”?

  1. The letter “X” stands for the cross.

  2. The Greek word for Christ begins with the Greek letter “chi,” or “X.”

  3. The Old English word for Christmas begins with an “X”.

17. For more than 50 years, “White Christmas” was the worldwide best-selling song in history. In what movie did the song appear and win an Academy Award?

  1. Holiday Inn (1942)

  2. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

  3. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

18. What song overtook “White Christmas” as the worldwide best-selling song in history?

  1. “My Heart Will Go On,” by Celine Dion

  2. “Candle in the Wind ’97” (“Goodbye England’s Rose”), by Elton John

  3.  “We Are the World,” by Lionel Ritchie, Michael Jackson and scores of other singers.

19. What state was the first to declare December 25 an official legal holiday, in 1837?

  1. California

  2. Pennsylvania

  3. Louisiana

20. On Dec. 15, what must you kiss to make all your Christmas wishes come true?

  1. a pomegranate

  2. a Christmas ornament

  3. a frog

21. If you smell a yellow rose the morning of December 17, what Christmas gift will you receive?

  1. a crystal vase

  2. diamonds

  3. perfume

22. What number and color(s) of candles are used in a classic Advent wreath?

  1. nine white

  2. three red, three green, and one black

  3. three violet and one rose-colored

23. Candles were lit on Christmas Eve in European churches and homes for what purpose?

  1. to welcome the Christ child

  2. to light Christmas services

  3. for warmth

24. In the fourth century, who selected December 25 as the permanent date of Christmas?

  1. St. Cyprian

  2. St. Peter

  3. Pope Julius I

25. The Nativity scene was developed in Italy by whom?

  1. St. Gregory of Rome

  2. St. Francis of Assisi

  3. Joseph of Arimathaea


  1. c
  2. b
  3. c
  4. a
  5. b
  6. c
  7. a
  8. c
  9. b

10. a
11. c
12. d
13. b
14. a
15. b
16. b
17. a
18. b

19. c
20. a
21. b
22. c
23. a
24. c
25. b

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