Some Christmas questions

December 16, 2013 in Quizzes

santa-quizzerLast Thursday evening I hosted a Christmas-themed quiz in Claremorris, as part of Claremorris Community Radio‘s fundraising drive.

We all had a good night, albeit “we” was quite a small number as not much of a crowd turned up. 🙁

Anyway, for those of you who couldn’t make it, please find attached a sample of the night’s questions and the two picture rounds. We also had a couple of music rounds, obviously, what with Christmas number ones and carols and all that, but I’ll spare you those today.

Anyway, here you go, something to get you in the festive mood. 🙂

A selection box of questions:

  1. It’s a recent Irish tradition and sees people tramping around the big towns and cities wearing Christmas jumpers. It’s called the 12 WHAT of Christmas?
  2. Which Irish county town almost went without lights this Christmas following an argument in which the Chamber of Commerce claimed the Borough council still owed them for last year’s lights?
  3. Which Saint is credited with creating the first nativity scene in the year 1223?
  4. On what date will Christmas Day be celebrated in the Russian Orthodox Church this Christmas season?
  5. Doing so with a cover of the song Leave Right Now in 2005, who is the last Irish person to have a Christmas Number 1 record in Ireland?
  6. What is the name of the German fruit cake containing dried fruit and often marzipan and covered with icing sugar, which is eaten during the Christmas season?
  7. What is the name of the skin that hangs from a turkey’s neck?
  8. The French call it “Buche de Noel”, by what name do we know this Christmas dessert?
  9. A member of the famous rat pack, which American singer, film actor, television star and comedian died on Christmas Day 1995?
  10. Christmas Island is so named as it was discovered on Christmas Day 1643. In what ocean is it located?
  11. Which British author, in the period 1920 to 1940, wrote his children a series of Letters from Father Christmas, which were later published as a book, following his death?
  12. Which comic, who was born in British India but became an Irish citizen later in life, wrote the song I’m walking backwards for Christmas, a number 4 hit in the UK in June 1956?

Complete round – The Twelve Days of Christmas:

  1. Who plays the comic character Alan Partridge in several tv series and in the 2013 film Alpha Papa?
  2. Turtle Doves: Driven by hand pedals, The Turtle (also called the American Turtle) was the world’s first submersible with a documented record of use in combat. In what century was it built?
  3. French Hens: Translating literally as “rooster with wine”, what is the name of the famous French dish of chicken braised with wine, lardons, mushrooms, and optionally garlic?
  4. Colly Birds: The collybird is nowadays known by a much more obvious name. What is it? I’ll give you a clue, it also features in the nursery rhyme ‘Sing a song of sixpence’.
  5. Gold Rings: How many carats of gold is defined as pure gold?
  6. Geese-a-laying: The Flight of the Wild Geese refers to the departure of an Irish Jacobite army under the command of Patrick Sarsfield from Ireland to France, as agreed in the Treaty of Limerick. In what century was that Treaty signed?
  7. Swans-a-swimming: Bella Swan is one of the main characters in what series of books by the author Stephenie Meyer?
  8. Maids-a-milking: The Milkmaid is a famous oil painting, created in the late 1650s by which Dutch painter?
  9. Ladies dancing: The tango is a style of dance which originated in the 1890s in two neighboring countries. Name either of them.
  10. Lords-a-leaping: In what year did the Irish House of Lords sit for the last time?
  11. Pipers piping: A famous tale involving a piper is The Pied Piper of Hamelin. In what country is the town of Hamelin located?
  12. Drummers drumming: Which RTÉ radio presenter used to be the drummer in a show band called The Others?

Picture round 1 – Born on Christmas Day:


Picture round 2 – Santas:


Have a go and I promise I’ll have the answers for you before Christmas Day!

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