How much do your older students actually know about Christmas? Sure, they’ve been through half a dozen Christmas parties and they might even remember all the words to Jingle Bells, but do they have the faintest clue what the holiday is about? Let’s find out, shall we?
To play this game, divide the class into teams of three to five students. You can play pub-trivia style, in which teams write down their answers and check at the end, but that takes longer. For shorter game play, students can write the answers quickly, then take turns calling out their answers after a few seconds to think. The shortest way to play is to have students answer instantly, with only the first team to answer getting points. Many of the questions have more than one correct answer – depending on the level of the class, you can give points for any correct answer, or ask for a certain number of answers (name five, 1 point each, for example.)
My questions, in no particular order:
- How do people celebrate Christmas? – exchange gifts, decorate the house, decorate a tree, go to church, write cards, open advent calendars, go caroling, …
- What do people do on Christmas day? – open presents, go to church, eat a big meal, play games
- What’s a traditional Christmas dinner in America/England? – Turkey/goose/ham, stuffing, gravy, roasted/mashed potatoes, whatever else is traditional for you.
- What might people serve for dessert at Christmas dinner? – Christmas pudding / Christmas cake / pie / cookies?
- What is the day before Christmas called? – Christmas Eve
- What is the day after Christmas called (in England/Canada – not so much in the USA)? – Boxing Day
- If someone invites you to a potluck Christmas party, what are you expected to bring with you? – A dish of food to share
- The night before Christmas, children usually leave some food and drink for Santa. What food and drink do they leave him? – Milk and cookies
- What are some common Christmas decorations? – Christmas trees, stars, snowflakes, wreaths, angels, nativity sets, snowmen, Santa, reindeer, stockings…
- What does Santa say? (What’s his catch-phrase?) – Ho ho ho!
- What does Santa drive? – A sleigh, driven by reindeer.
- How many reindeer pull Santa’s sleigh? – nine, but eight is also possibly correct.
- What are the names of Santa’s reindeer? – Rudolph, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner/Donder, Blitzen
- How does Santa get into your house? – through the chimney
- What does Santa fill with presents? – stockings (or shoes, in some countries)
- Where does Santa live? – at the North Pole
- Who is Santa married to? – Mrs. Claus
- What are Santa’s helpers called? – Elves
- Why do we celebrate Christmas? – birth of Jesus, winter solstice, eat good food, spend time with family, spirit of giving
- Where was Jesus born? – Bethlehem, in a manger – I would accept barn as well
- Who visited Jesus as a baby? – three wise men, angels
- What gifts did they bring? – Frankincense, Myrrh, Gold
- How did they find Jesus? – they followed a star (in the East)
- Who were Jesus’s parents? – Mary and Joseph