Nothing says family gatherings like some friendly competition, which is why we put together some of the best Christmas trivia questions for you to challenge your holiday guests with at this year’s Christmas party. Once dinner is cleared away and the massive array of desserts has been put out, break out these holiday trivia questions to test your friends’ and family members’ knowledge of the most wonderful time of the year. Find out which holiday enthusiast holds the most knowledge about Christmas traditions, including what the most popular Christmas song is and why we hang stockings by the fire.

Or you could turn these questions into a Christmas drinking game for a Christmas game for adults after the kids have gone to bed and liven up the history of Christmas colors or why we have a mistletoe kiss. You can also tack these trivia questions onto other fun family Christmas game ideas for an unforgettable night full of laughter that the whole crew will love. It’s easy to modify some of these questions to make an easy Christmas game for kids. Start brushing up on your holiday trivia knowledge now, so you’ll be ready to stump everyone come December 25.

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When was the term “Xmas” invented?

Answer: While you might think the shortened version of “Christmas” is a modern creation, it actually harkens back all the way to the mid-1500s and the Greek letter X, which is the first letter in (you guessed it) the Greek word for Christ: Χριστός.

2USPS Christmas Deliveries
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How many packages does USPS deliver during the holidays?

Answer: Per estimates from the United States Postal Service, USPS mail carriers delivered more than 28 million packages every day between Dec. 16 and 21, 2019, and averaged 20.5 million packages per day through the remainder of the year. They projected 800 million packages reaching Americans’ doorsteps between Thanksgiving 2019 and New Year’s Day 2020.

3“Jingle Bells”
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True or false: “Jingle Bells” was always intended to be a Christmas song.

Answer: False! The now-classic holiday tune “Jingle Bells” was written in the mid-19th century by James Pierpont while he experienced a bout of homesickness while living in Savannah, GA. Though debated, some believe it was originally written for the Thanksgiving program at his father’s church.

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Was Christmas ever outlawed in America?

Answer: Though you may find it surprising, the answer is yes. From 1659 to 1681, the Puritans did not allow Christmas to be celebrated, going so far as to officially outlaw celebrating the date. Christmas wasn’t designated a national holiday until almost two centuries later, in 1870.

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True or false: George Washington loved eggnog.

Answer: This one is true! The Founding Father even had his own boozy recipe where he forgot to note the number of eggs needed but included the (albeit important) instruction, “Taste frequently.”

6The Colors
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What two things made red and green popular Christmas colors?

Answer: Holly and Coca-Cola. While the tradition of red and green holly dates back to Roman winter solstice celebrations, the Coca-Cola company also played a role. The soda makers popularized the plump and jolly red-suit-wearing Santa in an ad in 1931, Arielle Eckstut, co-author of Secret Language of Color told NPR.

Artificial Christmas Trees
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How many Americans buy artificial Christmas trees?

Answer: More than 80 percent. In 2018, 82 percent of Christmas trees in American households were artificial, while over 95 million households displayed a Christmas tree, according to the American Christmas Tree Association.

8Elf on the Shelf
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Who came up with the idea for Elf on the Shelf?

Answer: Carol Aebersold and her daughters, Chanda Bell and Christa Pitts. They grew up with their own elf, Fisbee, who reported back to Santa every night leading up to Christmas, they told HuffPost. Eventually, the family wrote the children’s book and launched the company that sparked today’s countless ideas for the funniest Elf on the Shelf ideas.

9Christmas Sleigh
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How fast would Santa’s sleigh have to travel to deliver presents to all the children in the world?

Answer: About six million miles per hour, as reported in The Telegraph. Factoring in the number of children who celebrate Christmas around the world (around 700 million) and the total time Santa would have due to time-zone differences (31 hours), Dr. Katy Sheen, a physicist from Exeter University, determined that Santa would travel so fast that his reindeer would break the speed of sound.

Christmas Meal
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Do more Americans eat ham or turkey as their main course on Christmas?

Answer: Both. Though sometimes hotly contested whether ham or turkey should take center stage on your Christmas dinner menu, Americans eat roughly the same amount of each protein (in total pounds consumed) during the holidays, according to Time.

11Christmas Popularity
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Out of every 10 people, how many Americans celebrate Christmas?

Answer: Nine in 10 Americans celebrate Christmas, according to a 2017 survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, and around 55% consider it a religious holiday, while 33% think of it as more of a cultural celebration.

12Christmas Countdown
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Where does the advent calendar tradition come from?

Answer: While the religious advent season celebrated by Christians technically starts four full weeks before Christmas, the celebratory advent calendars most folks use today usually begin on December 1 and date back to the 19th century. The tradition was first started by German Protestants who lit candles or made chalk marks on doors every day during the month of December, according to Mental Floss.

Christmas Spending
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How much do Americans spend on holiday shopping?

Answer: Americans are estimated to spend an average of $942 per person on holiday gifts, for a total of more than $1 trillion.

14Christmas Day
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Why is Christmas celebrated in December?

Answer: Though there’s no specific date of birth mentioned in the Bible, let alone clues that would suggest a wintertime birthday (in fact, some experts think the presence of shepherds hints at a springtime birth), it’s believed that Christians chose this month and date to celebrate Jesus’s arrival to replace a series of pagan celebrations that used to occur in December, according to History.

15Christmas Candy
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How long have candy canes been around for?

Answer: The first record of candy canes in America goes all the way back to 1847 when a German immigrant used them to decorate his holiday tree, according to the National Confectioners Association. (Prior to that, legend says they were invented in 1670 by a choirmaster in Cologne, Germany.) Nowadays, the iconic Christmas candy is a holiday staple with more than 1.2 billion produced and sold each year.


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