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Christmas Vocabulary

Based on the definitions, guess these words you might hear around Christmas-time.
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First submittedFebruary 3, 2014
Last updatedAugust 4, 2017
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Definition
Word
Scene that depicts the birth of Jesus
Nativity
Trough where the baby Jesus was laid
Manger
Present-filled sock
Stocking
Dairy and egg beverage
Eggnog
Red-leaved Christmas plant
originally from Mexico
Poinsettia
Time of year that starts on the fourth
Sunday before Christmas
Advent
Four letter word for the three wise men
Magi
Aromatic resin used in incense,
given by the above
Frankincense
Myrrh
Decorative cord that can be
hung around a tree
Garland
Definition
Word
Horn of plenty
Cornucopia
Ring-shaped plant decoration
Wreath
Beverage of hot mulled cider;
"And to you your _______ too"
Wassail
Pagan festival now a synonym for Christmas
Yule
Holiday celebrating the wise men's visit;
Usually on January 6th
Epiphany
Decorative plant with toxic red berries
Holly
Silvery strips used to decorate trees
Tinsel
Decorative plant to kiss underneath
Mistletoe
Horse-pulled vehicle to travel over snow
Sleigh
Another word for tree branch
(think: Deck the Halls)
Bough
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level 73
Feb 4, 2014
Can you please accept creche for nativity and you have myrrh spelled incorrectly.
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level ∞
Feb 4, 2014
Crèche will work now and I fixed the spelling. Thanks.
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level 28
Feb 9, 2014
Very nice quiz! 20/20
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level 62
Dec 6, 2014
Got all of them except for Wassail. I've never heard that term before.
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level 76
Jan 9, 2017
Nor I.
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level 78
Dec 9, 2017
Wassailling is a fairly big event in the cider county of Somerset UK. It is held to ward off evil spirits and protect the apple harvest.
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level 45
Dec 9, 2017
im from the uk and my dads from somerset and only time ive ever heard of it is on an episode of family guy
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level 57
Dec 6, 2014
I tried Saturnalia.....that's one of the pagan/roman festivals too!
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level 44
Dec 6, 2014
Lol I thought of Saturnalia too because of Big Bang Theory...
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level 82
Dec 7, 2014
Right there with you. The only pagan thing around Christmas I could think of - Saturnalia. Although I guess it isn't really a word commonly used..
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level ∞
Dec 11, 2017
Saturnalia is not a synonym for Christmas. Yule is. For example, the word Yule appears in many Christmas carols. Saturnalia does not.
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level 66
Dec 9, 2017
Ditto. When I looked up Saturnalia on Google, it said, "the ancient Roman festival of Saturn in December, which was a period of general merrymaking and was the predecessor of Christmas." It certainly should be at least a type-in.
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level 57
Dec 6, 2014
you could also add something about Ivy!
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level 66
Dec 6, 2014
Ivy berries are toxic too. The holly and the ivy, when they are both full-grown, can send you to the hospital, while you barf and moan and groan.
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level 79
Dec 9, 2017
That should be a nursery rhyme.
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level 44
Jan 2, 2019
They're not red though.
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level 44
Dec 6, 2014
Hi does anyone know how to put a photo next to your quiz? Like how this quiz has the nativity scene?
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level 75
Dec 6, 2014
The JetPunk team does it when the quiz gets to be in the Home page. As user (either suscribed or casual), you can't. At least, that's what I remember when I asked them.
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level 59
Dec 11, 2017
I think it has something to do with copyright issues
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level 80
Dec 7, 2014
People put garland around a tree? What's the point of that; it's already a tree. I was confused by that clue; at least where I live, garlands are used to decorate doorways and other portions of homes and businesses, but never a tree. Maybe it's different elsewhere?
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level 82
Dec 7, 2014
In Scandinavia it's pretty common to put garlands around trees. Then it's usually silver, gold, red, blue, whatever colour sort of tinsel garlands and not the leafy kind.
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level 77
Dec 9, 2017
The same reason Ed Gein liked to wear human skin, I guess.
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level 46
Dec 10, 2017
omg. Too funny. And Merry Xmas.
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level 83
Dec 8, 2014
Consider adding "Three Kings Day" or "Day of the Kings" for January 6? Everywhere I've lived that celebrated it called it that more often than the current answer. (Actually "Dia de los Reyes," but same thing).
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level 75
Apr 3, 2016
I agree! Please allow Three Kings Day. I've never heard it called Ephiphany.
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level 45
Dec 9, 2017
what about allowing Twelfth Night??
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level 38
Dec 11, 2017
Three Kings' Day (or Dia De Los Reyes) is the celebration of the Epithany in Latin cultures. They are both celebrated on January 6th. It's just a difference in culture, such like "Mardi Gras" and "Carnival" are different words for the same event.
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level 61
Oct 7, 2019
Yes, I tried three kings I had never heard of this epiphany.
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level 44
Dec 9, 2014
Thank you Hunger Game, Only reason I got cornucopia
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level 71
Feb 14, 2018
I've never seen a cornucopia at Christmas; I thought that was strictly a Thanksgiving thing, because of it being filled with harvested foodstuffs.
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level 55
Aug 6, 2015
The ring-shaped plant decoration perplexed me for quite some time. I was trying to think of some kind of ring that's used to decorate a plant. lol
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level 71
Feb 14, 2018
Same here! I'm like, okay, you decorate your tree, you decorate your mantle, you maybe decorate your door, your front yard… but who the hell decorates their house plants?? And specifically with ring-shaped things?!
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level 48
Sep 21, 2017
I love Christmas and I'm Jewish, is that weird?
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level 73
Nov 18, 2017
No.
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level 77
Dec 9, 2017
It's not really a Christian holiday anyway, neither in its original pagan form nor in its contemporary capitalist and commercialized one. And the various family, community and cultural traditions attached to it are mostly faith independent.
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level 49
Dec 11, 2017
I know it's all in vogue in invoke its pagan origins, and I am always among the first to point out it was unlikely Dec 25 would have been the actual birthday, but Christmas - Christ's Mass - is as Christian as it gets. Regardless how faithfully observant the faithful are, or how many non-faithful like to decorate and shop it is a Christian holiday.
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level 77
Apr 24, 2019
It's a pagan holiday with a Christian and Capitalist veneer.
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level 49
Dec 11, 2017
If not for Jewish people we wouldn't have half of our best known Christmas carols.
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level 71
Feb 14, 2018
I'm a Buddhist and I hate Christmas with a fiery passion. But it has nothing to do with religion – it's all about the insane relatives and the domestic drama.
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level 67
Mar 5, 2018
I think you should follow the 'Eightfold Path'
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level 77
Dec 9, 2017
Isn't a cornucopia a Thanksgiving-thing more than a Christmas-thing?
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level 44
Dec 10, 2017
There is actually no evidence at all that there were three wise men. The Bible makes no reference to the number of wise men; merely that they brought three gifts i.e. gold, frankincense and myrrh. For all we know there may have been a fourth who only remembered at the last second but the shops were closed so ended up tagging onto the end of the myrrh
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level 47
Dec 11, 2017
I always thought it was gold, frankincense and mirth!
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level 71
Feb 14, 2018
I personally think mirth would have been a way more practical present. Everyone can use a little mirth; babies in particular really enjoy it! What the hell are you supposed to do with frankincense, especially when you live in a barn?
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level 41
Dec 15, 2018
Trade it to get some cash for better accommodation? :P More seriously though I think it’s meant to be a symbol pointing towards Jesus’ divine status, as it was often burned in worship, meaning that he’d be worshipped somehow later... or so I learned in my church school days *shrugs*
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level 49
Dec 11, 2017
I eventually came up with Yule but not before trying Festivus and Krampusnacht.
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level 53
Dec 12, 2017
Did ok with this quiz and only missed one. Not trying to be controversial but just curious as to why crèche should be used for nativity as this is something I've never heard, I always thought a crèche was a drop off child care service.
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level 70
Dec 14, 2017
A fun fact that I just learned about the three wise men is that there were probably a lot more than just three wise men to show up. The bible does not say there were three magi, just that there were three gifts presented. Also, according to Matthew 2:1 the wise men arrived in Jerusalem. So, every time they have a nativity scene with three wise men it is incorrect. There were probably hundreds of them as well as being there much later than the night Jesus was born.
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level 67
Mar 5, 2018
How can you find that many 'Wise' men?
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level 77
Apr 24, 2019
These other guys showed up to God's birthday party and didn't bring gifts? Not very wise.
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level 10
Mar 20, 2018
Was anyone else surprised when eggnog and stocking received a higher percentage than nativity and manger? Maybe it's just because I'm Catholic, but I was very surprised.
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level 41
Dec 15, 2018
Stocking I’m not so surprised at, but eggnog definitely... I’ve literally never known anyone who drinks it?! But yeah manger I’d expect more people to have known too, because of all the carols it’s mentioned in :|