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December Quizzes

Updated on January 5, 2015

Fun December Quizzes And December Trivia For You To Enjoy

If you like quizzes and trivia, you ought to enjoy these December and Christmas themed puzzles.

Christmas time is the most special time of the year for many people, and I thought it would be a great idea to put together some December and Christmas themed quizzes to see how much people knew about the last of the twelve months in the year.

December is no ordinary month of course. Did you know that statistically, one-twelfth of the things that happen during the year, happen in December? Amazing isn't it!

As well as being the month when people celebrate Christmas and Hannukah, it's a month where a lot has happened throughout history, as I will proceed to show you through the quizzes and December Trivia that you will find on this page.

The month of December is also known as being one where many Americans start the month suffering from PBFSD (Post Black Friday Shopping Disorder). Later in the month many suffer from CDWM (Christmas Day Wardrobe Malfunctions) due to overeating, and end the year with NYEH (New Years Eve Hangovers).

But enough of this silliness, and let's get onto the quizzes.

Each of the following quizzes has 3 questions with multiple choice answers.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I did putting them together. If you do like them, please share this lens with your friends, and come back again as I plan to add more quizzes as time goes on.

If some of the questions have you puzzled, you might find some information on them later on this page.

December Quiz #1

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Confused & Bewildered?

Look Below For Explanations About Some Of The Quiz Questions Above. No Cheating Though!

December Quiz #1 Answers

In the movies, who was born on the same day as Jesus?

If you got this wrong, I guess you have never watched Monty Python's "Life Of Brian", where Brian was born in Bethlehem on the same night as Jesus, and was frequently mistaken for him throughout his life.

What event is remembered on 07 December in the USA?

I would be really surprised if anyone in the USA didn't get Pearl Harbor Day, but if you are from other parts of the world, you are forgiven.

King Henry I of England died on 1st December 1135 from what?

King Henry I was the youngest son of William The Conqueror, who invaded England in 1066 and who created The New Forest. Lampreys are a type of Eel of which Henry was very fond (see Wikipedia).

December Quiz #2 Answers

On 4th December 1872 the crew of a British ship boarded another only to find what?

The ship was indeed devoid of all crew, there was nobody on board when she was boarded. The table was set as if they were in the middle of a meal, and there were no signs of anything unusual. The vessel as I am sure you must now be aware was the Marie Celeste.

On 8th December 1980, which well known Beatle was murdered in New York?

I am sure that you guessed the right answer, John Lennon. This was definitely a day when the music died. I wonder what John would have been writing today if he was still alive.

On 12th December 1955, a British engineer patented a new form of transport?

It was indeed The Hovercraft, which was patented by Sir Christopher Cockerell.

December Quiz #3 Answers

On 16th December 1773, there was a nasty incident involving tea in which city?

Yes I know we love our Tea in Britain, and much of our Tea comes from India, but hands up those who didn't figure that this was referring to The Boston Tea Party.

The 17th December 1778 was the birth of English inventor Sir Humphrey Davy, who is famous for inventing?

It was in fact the Miners Safety Lamp, otherwise known as the Davy Lamp. This gave miners warning when there was poisonous or potentially explosive gas in the mines, allowing them to escape a nasty fate underground.

The naturalist Charles Darwin set sail on 27th December 1831 in which ship?

Hands up if you didn't know that Charles Darwin's ship was The Beagle? Back to history class if you got it wrong.

December Quiz #4 Answers

26th December 1943 was a great day for the Royal Navy when they sunk the German battleship Scharnhorst, in which ocean?

It wasn't just the German U-Boats that were a threat to Allied convoys during the Second World War. The German surface ships too could pack a punch and easily send merchant ships or their escorts to the bottom of the ocean. It was imperative that each of these fast modern ships was located, tracked and destroyed, and the sinking of the Scharnhorst was a great boost to British morale.

Christmas Eve in 1508 was a day to celebrate in London, when homes had what, for the first time since the Romans left, over 1,000 years earlier?

The Romans brought piped water, central heating and many other inventions to Britain, however as the Empire faded away, so too did their inventions, and the period between the end of the Roman Empire and the Rennaissance is known as the Dark Ages.

The Americans sent this reply to the Germans on 20th December 1944 from Bastogne?

Well they might have sent any/all of the following to the Germans, but it was the famous response of "Nuts!" to the German request for the American forces to surrender during the battle Of The Bulge that has gone down in history.

December Quiz #5 Answers

20th December 1920 saw a famous comedian become an American Citizen?

Who would have thought that Bob Hope was not born in the USA.

The first Christmas in the New World was celebrated in what way?

I am sure that the crew of Columbus's ship the Santa Maria would have liked a feast or a day of rest, or even a day of football (if it had been invented), but unfortunately for them the first Christmas Day in the New World was spent struggling to keep their ship afloat after it was stranded on a reef, trying to save their stores and equipment.

Christmas Day in 1620 was observed in Plymouth, Massachusetts how?

The Mayflower and her Pilgrim Fathers had reached the New World just four days before, but although you might think that they would be thrilled to be on dry land again, their leaders were not a jolly lot unfortunately. Christmas was seen as a corruption because it occurred at the same time as the pagan Winter Solstice, and so no celebration for those who survived the journey. Instead they began work on building the first house. I don't think I could have handled being a Puritan!

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December Quiz #6 Answers

What activity was banned on Christmas Day in 1659 in the New World?

This was the height of Puritanism, when anyone found guilty of celebrating Christmas in any way or form, even by reading the Book Of Common Prayer, could be fined five shillings. The only musical instruments that were allowed on that day were the Drum, Trumpet and Jews Harp. A strange choice I have to admit.

It was just two days before Christmas in the year 1822 when Dr. Clement Clark Moore made up some verses to tell to his children the following evening. What were they?

It was indeed "The Night Before Christmas", originally known as "The Visit Of St. Nicholas", which was published anonymously the following year.

For Christmas 1856, President Franklin Pierce installed the first Christmas Tree inside The White House. But where did the tradition come from?

If you believe that the Christmas Tree was anything but a German tradition, then I can get you to believe just about any poppycock!

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A single minute a week before Christmas in 1903 went down in the Record Books. What was it?

Well if you didn't have a stab and pick the First Manned Flight, it just proves my point about you falling for a load of bull! On this day Wilbur Wright spent 59 seconds aloft on the coast of Kitty Hawk in North Carolina, and manned flight had begun.

Christmas 1933 was a season of celebration in the USA for what reason?

I guess there is always someone who falls for the wrong answer. The correct one should of course be that people could now legally go out and party, since the Prohibition Era ended on 5th December that year.

On Christmas Eve in 1963, Idlewild Airport ceased to exist. What was the reason?

Did I get you again I wonder? Idlewild Airport in New York was renamed John F. Kennedy International Airport, in commemoration of the late President Of The United States.

December Quiz #8 Answers

On 1st December 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up what?

Rosa Parks was best known for refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white male. Her stand aided the Civil Rights movement in their battle against racial segregation.

On 2nd December 1859, John Brown was hanged for his part in a raid on where?

The song "John Brown's Body Lies A Moldering In The Grave" was written about this failed raid on Harpers Ferry. The increased tension from this action helped bring about the Civil War.

On 3rd December 1960 this play opened on Broadway?

It was as you probably guessed, Camelot, which is nothing to do with Monty Python or Spam or anything else silly, other than dancing knights and a round table. West Side Story would have been a good guess, that opened on Broadway in 1957 though.

December Quiz #9 Answers

Which General said farewell to his troops on 4th December 1783?

After the defeat of the British forces in 1783, George Washington resigned from his post as Commander In Chief of the Continental Army, to prove his opposition to dictatorship. He was later elected as the first President of The United States.

December 10th 1896 was a big day for college sports, when the first inter-collegiate game in which sport was held?

Often recorded as the first official intercollegiate basketball game, Wesleyan University defeated Yale in New Haven, Connecticut.

One of the best loved movies of all time premiered on 15th December 1939. Which was it?

It was the epic Gone With The Wind, loved by some, and then there are others who frankly couldn't give a damn!

December Quiz #10 Answers

For Christmas in 1959, Richard Starkey got a set of drums. We know him better as who?

Richard Starkey is of course best known as Ringo Starr, drummer for The Beatles.

For Christmas in 1939, department store Montgomery Ward introduced for the first time, Rudolph, who was?

Rudolph was the 9th Reindeer, who leads the other eight reindeer who pull Santa's sleigh. Rudolph is in single file, whereas those behind him are two abreast.

It's Christmas Day 1818 in Austria, and an audience is being treated to a rendition of the first known Christmas Carol. Which is it?

It was in fact Silent Night, Holy Night. The lyrics were originally written in German.

I Hope You Enjoyed The Quizzes

I really hope that you enjoyed these. Come back for more soon, and I hope to soon have a suite of these for each month of the year. If you like this idea or have any more Quiz lens suggestions for me, please leave a comment in the Visitors Book.

Thanks to History UK, Historic People/Events In December and Brainy History for helping me with ideas and inspiration for some of the questions.

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    • TonyPayne profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony Payne 

      5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Thanks Marti, I am pleased you enjoyed the quizzes.

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      Marti Lawrence 

      5 years ago from Grain Valley, Missouri

      That was fun! Thanks for sharing and best wishes to you.

    • Scindhia H profile image


      5 years ago from Chennai

      Fun quiz!

    • sha-ron profile image


      6 years ago

      Oh boy, I sure did not know much about Christmas after all.

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      Leah J. Hileman 

      6 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Well done. That was very fun.

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      Baddew Fibes 

      6 years ago

      Fantastic set of quizzes and educational with it. Thank you!

    • writerkath profile image


      6 years ago

      You have such a good sense of humor in wording your quizzes! I chuckled out loud at some of them! :)

    • takkhisa profile image


      7 years ago

      Hard quiz but still great.

    • mrdata profile image


      7 years ago

      Poddys, you prepared well the quiz. Big thanks for your valuable information!

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      Fay Favored 

      7 years ago from USA

      Fun and educational, hum, who'd thought? Merry Christmas. Here's one for you. Was Jesus actually born on December 25th?

    • TonyPayne profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony Payne 

      7 years ago from Southampton, UK

      @Scarlettohairy: I wouldn't have known a lot of these answers either! I enjoy quizzes where you have to think, hope you enjoyed these.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I love that you provided the correct answers! Many of these were really tough!

    • mrsclaus411 profile image


      7 years ago

      I learned something new even if it was challenging.

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      Linda Pogue 

      7 years ago from Missouri

      Fun quizzes! Blessed.

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      7 years ago

      great quiz, thanks.

    • GrowthSpark profile image


      7 years ago

      Good fun, especially liked the info at the bottom, nice touch, thanks!

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      Birthday Wishes 

      7 years ago from Here

      Very nice quizzes and I love the fact that you explain your answers! Awesome lens!

    • maryLuu profile image


      7 years ago

      Thanks for the quiz! You've got my like with the number 900!

    • VspaBotanicals profile image


      7 years ago

      Great lens!1

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      7 years ago

      These were tough - just the way I like them! I couldn't get higher than 2 out of 3 for anything. You did an excellent job coming up with some interesting facts and events. I had fun!

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      orange3 lm 

      7 years ago

      Great quiz! Thanks

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      pinkrenegade lm 

      7 years ago

      These quizzes were a little challenging. I still had fun and learned something.

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      8 years ago

      Fun, interactive lens.

    • profile image


      8 years ago

      Very nice quiz - informative and fun!

      Thanks for sharing and sort of mind exercise! : )

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      8 years ago

      Lots of fun. thank-you

    • Inkhand profile image


      8 years ago

      That was fun, thanks.

    • CruiseReady profile image


      8 years ago from East Central Florida

      Fun stuff, Poddys!

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      John Dyhouse 

      8 years ago from UK

      Hope that this helps you to level 80, LOL. Great fun answering the questions. I started well but the latter quizes mostly stumped me.

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      John Dyhouse 

      8 years ago from UK

      Hope that this helps you to level 80, LOL. Great fun answering the questions. I started well but the latter quizes mostly stumped me.

    • JoleneBelmain profile image


      8 years ago

      Love Christmas... this was a super fun lens, thanks for sharing :)


    • Aquavel profile image


      8 years ago

      Fun quiz. Beautifully presented. I came out about average so I have to go back and study!

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      E L Seaton 

      8 years ago from Virginia

      These were tough but very enjoyable. Thanks for creating them to occupy us.

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      8 years ago

      Great quiz. Interesting to learn what I don't know!

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      anupma lm 

      8 years ago

      Nice quiz. I really enjoyed.

    • writerkath profile image


      8 years ago

      I loved this lens! Got to it a tad late Tony, but it was great fun! I'm ashamed to tell you how many questions I got VERY wrong! :) Even ones from the US (although I DID know that December 7th was Pearl Harbor day...) Happy New Year my friend! :) Hugs, Kath

    • MariaMontgomery profile image


      8 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      Thanks for another fun lens. Happy New Year to you!

    • JohnMichael2 profile image


      8 years ago

      Franz Gruber wrote Silent Night ... his relative 1LT (later BG) Edmund L Gruber wrote the "Caisson Song" which ultimately became the US Army Song

    • katiecolette profile image


      8 years ago

      Thanks for the opportunity to learn some interesting facts and score some points in the process :)

    • lesliesinclair profile image


      8 years ago

      interesting quizzes, and they stumped me often

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      EileenSmith LM 

      8 years ago

      Very interesting and wide-ranging trivia! Good quizzes, and good explanations to boot!

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 

      8 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Fun quizzes - shoudl have done better though!! :>)

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      8 years ago

      Nice quizzes - I didn't even know what a lamprey was!

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      8 years ago

      Great lens and very interesting quizes you made - I learned a lot.

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      Vicki Green 

      8 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      What a fun quiz! I enjoyed this lens since I learned so much about events that happened in December.

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      8 years ago

      By the 9th quiz I was feeling a bit quizzed out so I skipped it and went on to 10. I hate not finishing something I start. I liked the way you gave detailed answers to your answers. Good one.

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Okay I give up...I admit that my brain is absolutely useless at remembering trivial information. The very best wishes for you and Deb this holiday season. Seasonal blessings Poddys.

    • kimbesa2 profile image


      8 years ago from USA

      Like your style in creating this quiz. I learned a lot...thanks!

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      8 years ago

      im so addicted to squid quizzes

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      Bill Armstrong 

      8 years ago from Valencia, California

      Fun thanks

    • agoofyidea profile image


      8 years ago

      Thanks for the quizzes. It was fun and informative. Great lens.

    • Inkhand profile image


      8 years ago

      After this lens I will never look at December as just another passing month.

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      Mary Crowther 

      8 years ago from Havre de Grace

      Amazing lens! Thanks for your hard work on this one!

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      8 years ago

      enjoyed my visit on here, liked your quizzes too!

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      robertsugar lm 

      8 years ago

      I agree. A very good idea!

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      Anthony Godinho 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Great idea for a quiz, Tony. I did ok with a lot of guess work, but learned a few new things! :)

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      8 years ago

      Well, that was a lot of fun. I could have done better, but hey, who would have thought you could die from eating too many lampreys! :-)

    • Gayle Mclaughlin profile image


      8 years ago from McLaughlin

      Thanks for this challenge!

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      8 years ago

      Lol. I only got 7 right on the whole page!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Wow, this was fun and educational. I would make a zero on one set and then 100 on the next. go figure.

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      8 years ago

      This lens was fun and educational. Thanks.

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      Joy Neasley 

      8 years ago from Nashville, TN

      I enjoyed this lens. It was fun.

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 

      8 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      Very well done! Enjoyed taking the quizzes even though my scores weren't always the best!

    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      8 years ago

      Wow ... you really put a lot of work into this. I could have done better on the quizzes, but learned a lot.

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      8 years ago

      What an excellent December through the ages history lesson! My brain got stretched a little here and there...should have gotten the lampreys. I'm wondering if you have a Pop Quiz Clock with easier questions, whew!

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      Zut Moon 

      8 years ago

      Hi: Added a Santa Quiz ... hope that's ok ....

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      8 years ago

      I started off really well and then wasn't doing very well towards the end I had fun though so thank you

    • GeekGirl1 profile image


      8 years ago

      This has really made me like the month of December even more.

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      8 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      This was fun. Thanks Blessed.

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      8 years ago

      cool quizzes.

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      8 years ago

      I did horrible on the quizzes, but had fun!

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      Zut Moon 

      8 years ago

      OK .. I got about half of them right ... so, where's my prize ???

      As to adding a Quiz Link ... does it need to be about Christmas ..if not, do you have a preference on which one I should add here ... Thanks. Thumb up and FB "like".

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      Nathalie Roy 

      8 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      Cool december quizzes, I learned a couple of things

    • Susan300 profile image


      8 years ago

      Fun quizzes! I learn a bunch, too. :)

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      Ann Hinds 

      8 years ago from So Cal

      Could have done better but still am not complaining. I missed the easy ones but got the trick questions right. You're right, December was and is a busy month. Great fun.

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      8 years ago

      ah well, at least a few points - don't tell how i did :-)

    • debnet profile image


      8 years ago from England

      That was fun!


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