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Holiday Trivia Questions

Holiday Trivia Questions

Here comes everyone’s favourite time of the year; holiday party season. Whether you’re getting together with friends and family for Thanksgiving dinner or spending the evening at an office Christmas party, these facts are sure to show everyone that you’ve got the holiday spirit.

Starting with everyone’s favourite excuse to eat too much turkey and watch football all day, here is some Thanksgiving trivia you can recite to amaze your relatives at the dinner table.

Every year the president pardons a turkey on Thanksgiving. Who was the first president to do so?

John F. Kennedy

Which NFL team has won the most Thanksgiving Day games?
The Detroit Lions

Which NFL team has lost the most Thanksgiving Day games?

Also the Detroit Lions

How many calories does the average American consume at Thanksgiving Dinner?

4500

When was the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade?
November 27, 1924

What year was the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade first televised?

1939, locally in New York City

President Calvin Coolidge received an unusual gift on Thanksgiving in 1926. What was it?

A live raccoon, which he adopted and named Rebecca

Most of Australia doesn’t celebrate Thanksgiving, but one area does. Which area is it?

Norfolk Island

The United States isn’t the only country to celebrate Thanksgiving, which other countries do as well?

Canada, Liberia, St. Lucia, and Grenada. All on different days too!

In what year was the first Thanksgiving held, and how long did it last for?
1621, for three days

Which classic Thanksgiving food was banned in 1644 by Oliver Cromwell?

Pumpkin Pie

How many cranberries go into a single can of cranberry sauce?

Approximately 200

While the dates don’t always match up, the next holiday of the season is often Hanukkah, celebrated by Jewish people all over the world.

For how long is Hanukkah celebrated each year?

Eight days and nights

What does the word Hanukkah mean in Hebrew?

Dedication

What four letters of the Hebrew alphabet appear on a dreidel?

Shin, Nun, Gimmel, and Hay

What is the candelabra associated with Hanukkah known as?
A menorah

Where is the largest menorah in the world located?

Grand Army Plaza in New York

What day of the week can Hanukkah not start on?

Tuesday

Who was the first United States President to light a menorah?

Bill Clinton

Which astronaut celebrated Hanukkah while in outer space?

Jeff Hoffman

How many different spellings of Hanukkah are there?

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, 24

Which traditional fried food is commonly associated with Hanukkah?

Latkes (fried potato pancakes)

Hanukkah’s start date varies when using our current calendar, but has a static date in the Hebrew calendar, falling on the 25th of which month?

Kislev

How many lamps did the original menorah in Temple have?

Seven

While it may not be among the more well known holidays of the festive season, Los Posadas has a rich history as a lead up to Christmas in many Latin American countries.

The Latin American holiday of Los Posadas is typically celebrated between which days?

December 16th—24th

Where does the name “Los Posadas” come from?

The Spanish word posada, meaning inn

In what year was Los Posadas first celebrated in Mexico?
1586

At the end of each of the nine nights of Los Posadas, what do children do to celebrate?

Break open star-shaped pinatas

What do the star-shaped pinatas children break open for Los Posadas represent?

The star that led the three wise men to Jesus’ birth site

The yule log, the yule fire, and many other of what are now Christmas traditions originated or have been adapted from the Pagan traditions dating centuries back.

The Winter Solstice, or Yule, is celebrated on which day every year?

December 21st

Which two cultures do Yule celebrations come from?

Germanic-Saxons and Scandinavians

How far back can Yule celebrations be traced?
All the way to the 4th century CE

Which ancient and mysterious structure was built to honour, and celebrate, the Winter Solstice?

Stonehenge

Before carrots and cookies for Santa Claus and his reindeer, children would leave sugar and hay out for which God and his horse?

Odin, and the eight-legged horse Sleipnir

Now known as Christmas trees, Yule trees were initially brought into homes by people in what region of the world?

Northern Germany

Santa Claus is known to bring gifts to good children and coal to naughty children now, but that was not always the case. In German folklore, which Christmas demon would show up to punish those on the naughty list?

Krampus

The Santa Claus we know and love today is based on a real person, St. Nicholas. Which modern country was St. Nicholas from?

Turkey

Kris Kringle didn’t always wear a red and white suit, that came from an advertising campaign from which popular soft drink?

Coca-Cola

In what year was the famous Christmas Tree in Rockefeller Square first lit up?

1933

When were the eight reindeer who pull Santa’s sleigh introduced?
1821

The ninth, and most famous reindeer, Rudolph joined the team in which year?

1939

The best-selling song of all time is which Christmas song?

Bing Crosby’s White Christmas

While milk and cookies are the most common item left for Santa by children, the Swedes have a different custom. What do they leave out for him?

Coffee (in case he gets tired)

Which US state was the last to declare Christmas a holiday?

Oklahoma

Which country popularized the use of Christmas lights?

Germany

What colour on the berries of mistletoe?

White

Which two of Santa’s reindeer were named for weather events?

Donner and Blitzen (Their names are German for thunder and lightning respectively)

Many children use NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) to track Santa’s movements on Christmas Eve. When did NORAD start tracking the Jolly Old Elf?

1955

Which kind of tree is the most popular to use as a Christmas tree?
Nordmann Fir

In Italian folklore, it’s not Santa that drops presents down the chimney. Who does it instead?

A witch known as Befana

December 26th, the day after Christmas, is celebrated by Canada, the United Kingdom, and other Commonwealth nations as what holiday?

Boxing Day

And now, to round out the list, Kwanzaa also starts begins on December 26th. How many of these questions do you know the answer to?

What language does the word Kwanzaa come from?

Swahili

Kwanzaa is a significantly more recent holiday than many, what year was it first celebrated?

1966

For how many days does the Kwanzaa celebration last?
Seven

Which three colours are referred to as “the three colours of Kwanzaa?”

Red, green, and black

Which US state was the first to celebrate Kwanzaa?

California

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