Winter trivia for kids is a fun way to introduce interesting facts about winter and things associated with winter. As the weather gets colder, all sorts of cool things happen like snow storms and several holiday seasons. Winter trivia is a great way to have fun and to learn things you didn't already know.
Winter Trivia for Kids
Winter can encompass all sorts of topics, like winter weather and holidays like Christmas, Hanukkah and New Years.
Did you know:
- It can be as warm as 40 degrees on the ground and still snow.
- According to the "Guinness Book of World Records," the biggest snowflake on record occurred in Montana in 1887. It was eight inches by 15 inches.
- The record for the most snowfall in a 24 hour period in the United States happened in Silver Lake, Colorado in 1921. During that 24 hour period, six feet and four inches of snow fell--which is the height of a very tall man!
- While you may have heard someone say, "It's too cold to snow," there is no truth to this. Snow can always fall if it is cold out and there is moisture in the air.
- The coldest temperature ever recorded on Earth was -128 degrees. The temperature was measured on Antarctica in 1983.
- Every snowflake has six sides.
- The Abominable Snowman is more than an invention of a television Christmas special. While there is no proof that it exists, many people believe that the Yeti, or an abominable snowman, lives in the Himalayas in Nepal. The word Yeti means snow bear, and many people believe the Yeti is related to Bigfoot.
Here are some facts you may not know about Christmas:
- In early England, the traditional Christmas dinner was a pig's head prepared with mustard.
- Seven out of ten dog owners say they buy their dogs Christmas gifts.
- Charles Dickens wrote Christmas-themed stories every year on Christmas, but A Christmas Carol was his only success.
- In 1836 Alabama was the first US state to recognize Christmas as a holiday.
- In the Ukraine, finding a spider on the Christmas tree is considered to be good luck, so fake spider webs and spiders are common Christmas tree decorations in that country.
- Oregon grows more Christmas trees than any other state in the country.
- The first official White House Christmas tree was decorated by President Franklin Pierce.
- Christmas cards were introduced by Hallmark in 1915.
- The United States Post Office processes more than three billion Christmas cards in the mail every year.
Did you know the following facts about Hanukkah?
- In Hebrew, the word Chanukah means "dedication."
- Gift giving was not originally part of the Hanukkah festival; however, the Christmas tradition of giving gifts has become part of the festival.
- Hanukkah always begins four days before the new moon. It can occur anywhere from mid-November to the beginning of January.
- All-told, one Menorah burns 44 candles during the eight nights of Hanukkah.
Kwanzaa is an African festival of family unity that is celebrated during December.
- Kwanzaa runs from December 26 to January 1 every year.
- Kwanzaa was created in 1966 by a professor of black studies at California State University, Long Beach.
- Kwanzaa has seven symbols that represent concepts of African culture. The symbols represent faith, unity, collective responsibility, creativity, purpose, cooperative economics and self-determination.
New Years Trivia
Here are some facts you may not know about New Years:
- Babylonians used to celebrate spring as the start of the new year.
- When Julius Caesar created the Julian calendar, he established January 1 as the start of the new year.
- The most popular New Years resolution in the United States is to lose weight.
- The song sung on New Years Eve, Auld Lang Syne, means "old long ago."
Now you're all brushed up on winter trivia for kids. Enjoy the winter, and impress your friends with all of your new knowledge.