Think you know winter holidays?
Try this holiday trivia quiz.
It’s the holiday season. As you prep for family time galore, take a moment to test your knowledge of these American winter celebrations. Hanukkah starts today and lasts for eight nights, ending at sundown Dec. 28. Christmas is coming up on Dec. 25. And Kwanzaa will be celebrated Dec. 26 through Jan. 1.
1. Hanukkah commemorates which event?
a. the miraculously long-burning olive oil observed during the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem in the 2nd century BCE
b. the founding of the State of Israel in 1948
c. the parting of the Dead Sea by Moses
d. the marriage of Esther to King Ahasueras
2. Christmas commemorates which event?
a. the invention of egg nog
b. the birth of Jesus
c. the birth of Santa Claus
d. a great brainstorming session at Hallmark
3. Kwanzaa commemorates which event?
a. the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863
b. the birth of Nelson Mandela in 1918
c. the birth of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1929
d. It doesn’t commemorate a specific event. It is a celebration of African-American heritage and culture.
4. Which game is associated with Hanukkah?
b. Connect Four
d. Guitar Hero
5. What is gelt?
a. the feeling you have after eating too much chocolate
b. gold-wrapped chocolate coins exchanged during Hanukkah
c. the act of lighting the middle candle, or shamash, on a menorah
d. The forgotten piece of candy in the bottom of a Christmas stocking that stays there until next year
6. True or false: Traditional eggnog contains actual eggs.
7. Which character was invented for a Montgomery Ward coloring book?
a. Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer
b. Frosty the Snowman
d. Buddy the Elf
8. Where does Santa Claus live?
a. North Pole
9. Who created the celebration of Kwanzaa in 1966?
a. Maulana Karenga
b. Richard Wright
c. Maya Angelou
d. Winnie Mandela
10. With which ancient Roman celebration is Christmas associated?
a. the day Aeneas saw the white sow with the 30 piglets
b. the winter solstice
c. the birth of Romulus and Remus
d. the Feast of Wine for the founding of the Republic
11. In Clement Clarke Moore’s “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” how many reindeer pull St. Nicholas’ miniature sleigh?
12. In keeping with tradition, a 74-foot-tall tree was placed where in New York City in late November?
a. Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s front yard
b. Rockefeller Center
c. Times Square
d. the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
13. In the carol “Winter Wonderland,” what snowy personage does the narrator imagine will inquire about his marital status?
a. Frosty the Snowman
c. Albert Einstein
d. Parson Brown
14. In the 1954 holiday classic “White Christmas,” Rosemary Clooney sings a song in which she expresses a wish to wash her hair with what?
a. Egg nog
d. Sunshine Rinso powdered soap
Answers: 1. a – One night’s worth of oil burned for eight nights during the rededication of the temple; 2. b – Whether or not Jesus was actually born Dec. 25, his birth is celebrated on that date; 3. d – Kwanzaa was created to be a celebration of African heritage and culture for African-Americans; 4. c – Dreidel is a game that involves a spinning top; 5. b – Hanukkah gelt (“money” in Yiddish) refers to chocolate coins given to children during the festival; 6. True – Eggnog is made with raw eggs, milk, cream, sugar, brandy/bourbon and nutmeg; 7. a – Montgomery Ward had been buying and giving away coloring books for Christmas every year, and Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer was their coloring book story for 1939; 8. All of the above, depending on your national affiliations; 9. a – Maulana Karenga, a.k.a. Ron Karenga, created Kwanzaa to “give Blacks an opportunity to celebrate themselves and history,” he wrote; 10. b – The winter solstice was observed as the festival of Brumalia by the ancient Romans, generally ending on Dec. 25; 11. c – Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Dunder/Donner and Blixem/Blitzen; 12. b – The tree has been erected in the middle of Manhattan for over 75 years; 13. d – “In the meadow we can build a snowman, then pretend that he is Parson Brown. He’ll say, ‘Are you married?’…”; 14. c – “I wanna wash my hands, my face and hair with snow.”