Challenge your friends and family to a few good-natured Christmas games of trivia. Learn the rules and try some of our fun variations on this holiday gathering favorite.

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You may love your Christmas tree, but do you know when the tradition of decorating an evergreen started? What do you know about the legend of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer? Learn the answers to these questions and more -- and liven up your holiday get-together -- with a fun Christmas game of holiday trivia.

Holiday Trivia Game Rules

Holiday trivia takes a little prep work, but it's simple to play and appropriate for a range of ages -- all you really need is a love of the season. Before you can play, you have to assemble a collection of easy and not-so-easy questions related to the holidays. Search various terms on the Internet, including "holiday trivia," "Christmas trivia," and "Christmas history."

After you've gathered interesting facts, statistics, and figures, sort them into different types of questions.

  • Some of the questions should be open-ended (Example: What are two other names for Santa Claus? Answer: Saint Nick and Kris Kringle). 
  • Others can be true or false (Example: The first Christmas tree appeared in the United States. Answer: False).
  • More questions can be fill-in-the-blank (Example: What country has the tradition of filling children's clogs with candy and treats on December 5? Answer: The Netherlands).

To play the game, you'll need to print or write out your questions on slips of paper with the answers on the back of the questions. Give each person or team a number (or simply go left to right) and have guests draw one question each. The party host reads the question and waits for an answer; a right answer gets a point. The first person or team to reach a predetermined number of points wins the game.

How many people do you need?

Holiday trivia is a great Christmas game for both small groups and large gatherings. For parties with six or more people, you may want to break up into teams; fewer people in attendance can play on their own as individuals. Another idea: Group a child with an adult to even out the odds for the younger attendees.

Does the game have any limits?

You can set as few or as many limits as you like. Consider setting a time limit after each draw for teams or individuals to answer a question. Answers that are close could get a half-point when tallying points -- the game limits and other rules are up to you.

How does someone win?

Once a person or team reaches the level of points needed to win, dole out a few small, holiday-theme prizes. They can be goofy or more serious. You also could have prizes for the worst answer, least amount of points, or most inventive answer. The point is to reward participation -- and to have fun!

Try these fun holiday trivia game variations:

  • Make all the questions about movies, decorating, music, or food.
  • Print all the questions on cardstock and give every guest one to fill out and answer before the party's end.
  • Use different colors of paper to denote easier or harder trivia questions. For example, questions for kids could be printed out on a different color paper.
  • Does your family have hilarious holiday lore from Christmases past -- like the year the dog accidentally knocked over the tree? Throw a few of those into the mix of questions to share memories and laughter.

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