Are you a cotton-headed ninny muggins? Or deserving of a major holiday award? There’s only one way to find out!

Gather ‘round the fire and grab a glass of eggnog (or, you know, a beer)—it’s time to put your holiday know-how to the test.


Question 1:

These little guys are a big hit on Facebook this time of year.

We’re talking about Elf on the Shelf: A relatively new holiday tradition in which families “adopt” an Elf scout who keeps tabs on kids—and keeps them on their best behavior—in the weeks leading up to the holidays.

So, what’s the most popular name given to Elf on the Shelf scouts?

A)   Elfie

B)   Jingle

C)   Buddy

D)   Charlie



C) Buddy

According to, Buddy is the name given to more than 30,000 adopted scout elves. And in case you were wondering, the rest of the Top 10 names are:

2) Elfie

3) Jingle

4) Snowflake

5) Jingles

6) Jack

7) Charlie

8) Fred

9) Chippy

10) Sparkle



Question 2:

Buzz’s girlfriend? Woof. But his house? Wow.

Released 24 years ago, Home Alone continues to be a perennial holiday classic, enjoyed by families the world over as they share lovely cheese pizzas and try to go easy on the Pepsi. Where is the McCallister family’s picturesque home actually located?

A)   Indiana

B)   Illinois

C)   Michigan

D)   Pennsylvania



B) Illinois

Winnetka, Illinois, to be exact. According to, the 4,243-square-foot Georgian-style mansion where Home Alone was filmed in 1990 sold for just over $1.5 million in 2012.

Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal.



Question 3:

In France, it’s Coquilles Saint-Jacques, scallops served with herbs and cheese. In Italy, it’s the “Feast of the Seven Fishes,” and in Venezuela, it’s plantain leaves stuffed with capers, raisins, peppers and meat.

But in Japan, a traditional Christmas dinner consists of what?

A)   Ham or Turkey (or Both), Just Like in the US

B)   Sushi

C)   Kentucky Fried Chicken

D)   White Rice with Beef and Vegetables



C) Kentucky Fried Chicken

No, we’re not pulling your (chicken) leg. Thanks to a successful marketing campaign 40 years ago, KFC has become the traditional Christmas dinner in Japan. It’s so popular, in fact, that customers must place their holiday orders two months in advance.



Question 4:

Known as “The Festival of Lights” and the “Feast of Dedication,” this eight-day Jewish holiday is marked by candles, calories (hello, latkes!) and a complicated-to-spell name.

So, tell us, what’s the right way to spell it?

A)   Hanukkah

B)   Chanukah

C)   Hannukah

D)   Trick Question—They’re All Correct



D) Trick Question—They’re All Correct

Actually… and then some. According to, there are no fewer than 14 additional ways to spell it, because there isn’t a direct translation from Hebrew to English. So it’s really a matter of personal preference. But if you like to stay up on trends, go with “Hanukkah,” as it’s now the most widely used.



Question 5:

After gaining popularity throughout the 2000s, the ugly holiday sweater is really having a moment. And, ranging from the subtle to the outrageous, there’s a style for just about everyone—as long as it’s ugly. In 2011, which celebrity wore an ugly holiday sweater valued at over $1,600?

A)   Justin Beiber

B)   Ellen DeGeneres

C)   Beyoncé

D)   Kanye West



A)   Justin Beiber

We know, we know. We totally thought it was Kanye, too. But back in 2011, it was the Beibs who sported a $1,650 red-and-white holiday sweater while performing live on the Today show.