History of Christmas in America: Engaging Presentation & Trivia Game


Explore the fascinating history of Christmas with this engaging presentation and trivia game, perfect for middle school teachers, captivating students with origins, customs, and festivities – suitable for any class setting.

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Immerse your students in the captivating story of Christmas in America with this enthralling, educational presentation crafted for middle school teachers. Explore the rich tapestry of Christmas customs and their evolution, spanning from the ancient Middle East and Europe to the shores of the United States. This comprehensive teaching resource artfully weaves together the history of beloved symbols such as the Christmas tree, mistletoe, festive wreaths, and the timeless carol “Jingle Bells.”

Ignite their curiosity by exploring the origins of Nativity, Saturnalia, Yuletide, and more. Unearth intriguing tidbits about momentous events like George Washington’s Christmas crossing of the Delaware during the American Revolution and the Christmas truce between soldiers in World War I.

The presentation also encourages inclusivity by inviting students to share their unique family traditions, be it Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Ramadan, or Chinese New Year.

Ideal for history lessons or as a timely December treat, this versatile resource effortlessly integrates into any class curriculum. Inspire thought-provoking discussions and expand the scope of instruction with each captivating slide.

Ease of use is paramount: simply click on the linked file, hit “Slide Show,” and embark on a cultural adventure. This presentation and trivia combo creates a harmonious blend of learning and entertainment, perfect for a festive season class or as an introduction to diverse global celebrations.

Introduce your students to the enchanting world of Christmas history and foster a deeper understanding of cultural heritage with this stimulating and accessible teaching aid.

History of Christmas Teaching Resource: great activity for dedicated teachers
Slides that teach the history of Christmas


But the fun doesn’t stop there! We’ve also included an exciting and interactive trivia game, designed to reinforce the lessons your students learn in the first half of the presentation. The game is challenging and engaging, with questions that cover a wide range of topics related to Christmas. Correct answers allow students to move forward, while incorrect answers send them back to try again. This game can be played as a full class, or you can share the Google Slides version of the activity with students and let them play in groups or individually.

History of Christmas in America teaching resource is perfect for the holiday season!
Engaging trivia questions that tests students’ knowledge


And the best part? Our presentation is not just for history class! Whether you’re a social studies teacher, English teacher, art teacher, or drama teacher, you can easily incorporate the presentation and trivia game into your curriculum. Our versatile teaching resource is ideal for students in grades 7-9 and can be adapted for younger or older students.

If you’re looking for an entertaining and informative way to teach your students about the history of Christmas, our comprehensive teaching resource is just what you need. Order now and discover the rich cultural heritage behind this beloved holiday with your students!


  1. PowerPoint file (includes presentation and trivia)
  2. Link to Google Slides version


Our comprehensive teaching resource comes in two versions: PowerPoint and Google Slides. When using either version, it’s important to view the resource in “Slide Show” view to fully immerse your students in the presentation and for the trivia to work properly.

To get started, begin by teaching your students about the fascinating history of Christmas using the first part of our presentation. Engage your students by asking them questions and expanding on each slide, encouraging them to participate and ask questions of their own. This interactive approach is sure to keep your students fully engaged and immersed in the rich cultural history of the holiday.

Once you’ve completed the history lesson, it’s time for the exciting and interactive trivia game! This fun game is designed to reinforce the lessons learned from the first part of the presentation, and can be played individually or in teams. You can even keep score on a classroom board, adding a fun competitive element to the learning experience.



Visit the Lessons in Humanities blog and learn about the History of Christmas by reading “From Winter Solstice to Mistletoe

A lesson on the History of Christmas


For more information on the history of Christmas plus a library of primary sources that can supplement this resource, visit the Library of Congress.

If you have any questions, please contact us at info@lessonsinhumanities.com

Additional information

Grade Level

7th, 8th, 9th, 10th

Resource Types

PowerPoints, Google Slides


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