Trivia to get into the holiday spirit!

If you think about it, when was the last time you really thought about the origins of all the holidays we celebrate this season? For the 5th day in the Advent Calendar, have some fun answering questions that will heighten your holiday spirit. To get the full experience, do not scroll to the bottom for the answers until you are done!

Holiday Questions
1) When was the term “X-mas” invented?
2) What does the word “Hanukkah” mean?
3) How much money do Americans spend (on average) for holiday gifts per person?
4) How many days of Kwanzaa are there?
5) Do the majority of Americans get real or artificial Christmas trees?
6) Who was the first U.S. president to recognize Hanukkah in the white house?
7) What are the names of the candle holders for Hanukkah and Kwanzaa?
8) What do people traditionally put on top of a Christmas tree?
9) What are the names of Santa’s reindeer which begin with a “D”?
10) Which U.S. President was featured in the Christmas movie “Home Alone 2”?
11) How many candles are lit during Kwanzaa and what are the colors of these candles?
12) What is one of the most popular foods eaten during Hanukkah?

True or False?
13) Kwanzaa is a religious holiday
14) Jingle Bells was written specifically for Christmas.
15) You are supposed to light all of the candles on the first day of Hanukkah.


Take a guess at the answers to these holiday questions! (Nicole Vital (’22))

If you answered all the questions, see below for the answers.
Answers – Holiday Questions
1) In the mid 1500s by the Greeks (Also, “Christos” in Greek begins with the letter “X”)
2) Dedication
3) About $1,000 per person (total is 1 trillion in the United States)
4) 7 days of Kwanzaa, from December 26th to January 1st.
5) The majority of Americans get artificial trees.
6) President Jimmy Carter in 1979
7) Hanukkah = Menorah. Kwanzaa = Kinara.
8) An angel
9) Dasher, Dancer and Donner
10) President Donald J. Trump
11) 7 candles are lit, 3 are red, 3 are green and the center candle is black.
12) Latkes (potato pancakes).

Answers – True/False
13) False. Kwanzaa is a cultural holiday as it is a celebration of African and African American culture.
14) False. Jingle Bells was originally written for Thanksgiving. It was then adapted for the Christmas holiday, with a couple of verses taken out.
15) False. One candle is lit on the first night.

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