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We’ve lined up 25 fes­tive ques­tions for the De­cem­ber count­down to Christ­mas. So, who’s the bright­est fairy­light on the tree?

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In which year was the first Christ­mas card printed in Eng­land? a) 1863 b) 1883 c) 1843


Who in­tro­duced Christ­mas car­ols to for­mal church ser­vices? a) Queen Vic­to­ria b) The Arch­bishop of Can­ter­bury c) St. Fran­cis of As­sisi


Which for­eign city gives the City of West­min­ster a Christ­mas tree ev­ery year to adorn Trafal­gar Square? a) Stock­holm b) Ber­gen c) Oslo


Which Amer­i­can Pres­i­dent dec­o­rated the first White House Christ­mas tree? a) Franklin Pierce b) Franklin Roo­sevelt c) Abra­ham Lin­coln


What do red berries rep­re­sent at Christ­mas? a) the bright­ness of life de­spite win­ter’s gloom b) the fruit of the sum­mer har­vest c) drops of Christ’s blood


What is the big­gest sell­ing Christ­mas sin­gle of all time? a) Band Aid: Do They Know It’s Christ­mas? b) Queen: Bo­hemian Rhap­sody c) Bing Crosby: White Christ­mas


In which coun­try did baubles orig­i­nate? a) Spain b) Ger­many c) France


Why was Christ­mas Day par­tic­u­larly spe­cial to WC Field, Princess Alexan­dra and Char­lie Chap­lin? a) It was the day they died b) It was their birth­day c) It was their wed­ding day


In Scots di­alect what is a yule-hole? a) an out­door privy where a guest threw up in or­der to empty his stom­ach for more feast­ing b) a man’s mouth that en­joys a wee dram of whisky as part of the Hog­manay tra­di­tions c) the last hole to which a man could stretch his belt at a Christ­mas feast


With the re­cent ad­di­tion of Ru­dolph, how many rein­deer does Santa have? a) 7 b) 11 c) 9


Which Bri­tish monarch changed the cus­tom­ary Christ­mas fare of goose to turkey? a) Queen Vic­to­ria b) King Ge­orge III c) King Henry VIII


At what time on Bri­tish TV on Christ­mas Day is the Queen’s Christ­mas Mes­sage first broad­cast? a) 3pm b) Mid­day c) 2pm


In which coun­try on New Year’s Eve do you col­lect at each party a ‘cotil­lon’, a kind of party bag con­tain­ing sweets and whis­tles? a) Spain b) France c) Por­tu­gal


In which English county did rev­ellers chalk a sym­bol of a man on a log in a cheery ref­er­ence to the hu­man sac­ri­fices that were once thrown on the bon­fire? a) Corn­wall b) Lin­colnshire c) Dorset


In which year was the Queen’s first speech broad­cast on tele­vi­sion? a) 1967 b) 1962 c) 1957


In which coun­try is your age mea­sured not in years but by how many Christ­mases you’ve lived through? a) The Philippines b) Mex­ico c) Pa­pua New Guinea


What does the word ‘hed­er­ated’ mean? a) get­ting the sack at work just be­fore Christ­mas b) adorned with ivy c) beau­ti­fully wrapped


In which coun­try do some priests ad­vise you to say ‘Happy Christ­mas’, not ‘Merry Christ­mas’, be­cause merry has con­no­ta­tions of get­ting drunk? a) Aus­tralia b) Fin­land c) Den­mark


Who was the first to add lighted candles to the Christ­mas tree? a) The Pope b) Queen Vic­to­ria c) Martin Luther


Why was Christ­mas Day par­tic­u­larly spe­cial to Con­rad Hil­ton, Humphrey Bog­art and Sir Isaac New­ton? a) It was the day they died b) It was the date of their re­spec­tive wed­dings c) It was the day they were born


In which coun­try is ‘kiviak’ a gas­tro­nom­i­cal Christ­mas treat made from the raw flesh of an auk buried un­der a stone in seal­skin for sev­eral months un­til it’s achieved an ad­vanced stage of de­com­po­si­tion? a) Ice­land b) Green­land c) Canada


Hang­ing gifts on trees is sup­posed to stem from what? a) Tree wor­ship of the Druids b) A Ger­man custom that started first with baubles c) The lack of tree dec­o­ra­tions for sale in the First World War


In which coun­try does the ‘con­soada’ feast take place at mid­night on Christ­mas Eve? a) Por­tu­gal b) Mex­ico c) Spain


Why at a tra­di­tional Bul­gar­ian Christ­mas does the fam­ily get to­gether around the ta­ble to sit on the floor? a) As an act of hu­mil­ity on this spe­cial day b) Be­cause dur­ing the Last Sup­per Je­sus and the apos­tles sat on the floor c) Be­cause the ta­ble is tra­di­tion­ally over­bur­dened with of­fer­ings of food


Why is X used as an ab­bre­vi­a­tion for Christ in the word Xmas? a) It is from the Latin for 10 – the orig­i­nal num­ber of apos­tles mi­nus Ju­das b) It is de­rived from the Greek al­pha­bet in which X is let­ter Chi, the first let­ter of Christ’s name c) It is the shape of the cross on which Je­sus hung

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