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Christmas Trivia Games for Kids

by Kathryn Rateliff Barr

The Christmas season is an opportunity for you to have some fun with your child by digging into the various categories of knowledge that surround Christmas. You can research areas such as Christmas carols, traditions, foods and symbols before challenging friends and family at the Christmas parties. Start early and your kids can win the trivia title this year.

Screen It

From “Charlie Brown’s Christmas,” “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer” and “Frosty the Snowman” your child can probably name and quote some of the dialogue or song lyrics for movies and specials that appear each year. The age of your child can determine how difficult you make the clue, such as “Rudolph’s famous feature” or “what Rudolph does on Christmas Eve.” With younger kids, you can limit your trivia game to a recently watched Christmas program and mix clues from various movies for an older group of kids.

Visual Clues

You can add a visual component to your Christmas trivia games. Show short clips from a video and ask your child to name the movie or hold up pictures or merchandizing elements that will trigger your child’s memory of a traditional toy or tradition. For example, a trivia game focused on Christmas symbols could show a picture of a Christmas tree and ask what traditional items decorate the tree. Your child could list lights, star, tinsel and various types of ornaments.

Melodic Trivia

Christmas boasts a varied collection of music from traditional carols to favorites such as “Jingle Bells,” “Frosty the Snow Man” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” Your child might sing these at school, hear them played constantly on the radio and played on the speakers at stores. Challenge your child to hum the tune, sing the lyrics or supply the song title when playing Christmas music trivia.

Faith Traditions

If your family’s faith practice is Christianity, your child can play Christmas trivia with Nativity elements. You can ask your child to name, write or draw those present at the manger, the gifts of the Magi or the animal Mary rode. This trivia game could reinforce Jesus as the reason for the season and make setting out the crèche an enjoyable and entertaining celebration. For families that incorporate other traditions such as Judaism, Kwanza or pagan elements into the Christmas celebration, you can use trivia question categories based on those traditions, such as “What traditional foods accompany the holiday?” or “What symbols do we use to celebrate the holiday?”

References

  • The Everything Family Christmas Book; Yvonne Jeffery

Resources

About the Author

Rev. Kathryn Rateliff Barr has taught birth, parenting, vaccinations and alternative medicine classes since 1994. She is a pastoral family counselor and has parented birth, step, adopted and foster children. She holds bachelor's degrees in English and history from Centenary College of Louisiana. Studies include midwifery, naturopathy and other alternative therapies.

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