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Christmas Timeline Challenge (Free Printable)

Christmas Timeline Challenge

This Christmas Timeline Challenge is second in my 12 Days of Christmas Party Game Series. But I’ve got to warn you, today’s game is seriously cerebral.

I first created this timeline test for a party we hosted decades ago for old college friends. But we’ve since used it with homeschool classes and physician groups, as well. It provides the perfect challenge for folks who love to learn. If that describes you, read on!

Christmas Timeline Challenge

The object of the game is to place 21 events in chronological order in a fixed amount of time. You can allow guests to work individually, as couples, or in teams. Set the timer for 5-10 minutes and go to it.

Our original version was extremely challenging. It just included a list of events and a timeline on which to place them… no additional clues.

For this post, I’ve altered the game to make a matching version, which might be a little bit easier for guests who would rather not have to have to think too hard.

Whichever version you use, you’ll find that the fun (and educational) part of the game is the “grading.”

Scoring Your Christmas Timeline Challenge

Instead of just reading out a list of answers, I like to lead a little discussion. I’ll say, “Okay, which of these events happened first?” and guests will call out their guesses. If somebody gets it right, I’ll throw them a peppermint or a candy kiss, then elaborate on the event by reading the details from the answer key.

Then we’ll move on to “What happened next?” and repeat the process.

We usually have at least one history buff who does very well. And we always award a prize to the person with the most correct answers, although this is admittedly a little tricky to judge: if a guest gets one event out of place, but everything is in the correct order thereafter, we only count it as missing one, even though his numbers (or letters) may be off for several events following. Does that make sense?

You may click here to print the matching game. Click here for the advanced version. The answer key is included with the test.

I hope you’ll give this Timeline Challenge a try, even if you just work through it yourself or with your family. Let me know how you do — especially if you get 100%. We’ve seen some folks get really close (90-95%), but I can’t remember anybody ever getting them all!

If you love Christmas games as much as we do, be sure to check out our other Christmas games (linked below) or visit my Christmas Party Games Pinterest Board.

Other Christmas Games in this series

  1. Ice Breaker Bingo
  2. Christmas Word Scramble
  3. Pop Quiz on Party Preparedness
  4. Who Gets What? Matching Game
  5. Put the Baby in the Manger
  6. Merry Christmas Word Find
  7. Christmas Carol Quiz
  8. 12 Days of Christmas Sing-a-Long
  9. Who Wore It Best? Matching Game
  10. Holiday Photo Scavenger Hunt
  11. Christmas Travel Bingo
  12. How Well Do You Know Your Christmas Carols?

Want more? Then follow the link below to download 12 of my newest Christmas party games (with answer keys) in a single click!

12 Days of All New Party Games

Can you think of a holiday game we should add to our collection? If so, leave a comment below and tell us about it!

Know friends or family who’d enjoy playing our Christmas games? We’d love it if you’d send them our way by emailing a link or sharing on social media (see share buttons below). Thanks!

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  1. Dear Flanders Family:
    I am delighted by this discovery, to find so many Jesus is the reason for the season related activities for a Christmas Soiree with my missionary unit in the AME church Sunday afternoon. Your families’s lifestyle, traditions, and journey have not only been touched by angels, but wonderfully blessed. I’m saving the Flander’s Christmas Family practices in my favorites. I’ve even found age appropriate chores, and things to do for every month of the year worthy of incorporating into our family traditions like Kwanzaa the day after Christmas until New Years.

    Thank you for opening the doors to your life for others to glean from your best practices. Actually, I started a literacy blog but it doesn’t move as efficiently or effectively as yours. I was an assignment to do a genre study in library school to motivat readers to read the books or follow the same formatted element of study for a book that they are reading. It was about giving readers a safe place virtually or physically to read and think and be literate. Read, Baby , Read didn’t get an “A” but it got a “B”.

    Blessed wishes,

    1. Thanks, Lorinda. I’m glad you found us. I tried to check out your literary blog, but got a 404 message, so I took the link out. Congratulations on your B. Blogs take lots of time and work, so getting a B after one semester’s work sounds fantastic to me. If you enjoyed doing it, I hope you’ll pick it up again someday.

  2. Just came across your blog! I don’t usually read blogs but I love yours! Love all the games too! Hope you get all your unpacking done in time for Christmas!

    1. Thanks, Judy. That’s gonna take another Christmas miracle, but I’ll give it my best shot. I appreciate your encouragement!

  3. You have Caesar Augustus and the Wise men mixed up on your answer sheet… Caesar Augustus was circa 4AD(M,N,O) before Christ’s birth and the wise men didn’t come until later, circa 6AD (P).

    1. Thanks, Laura. I have them listed as 6 BC and 4 BC though (not 4 AD and 6 AD), so the answer sheet does have everything in the correct order, even though those dates are only best-guess approximations. We know that Herod the Great died sometime between 4 BC and 2 BC, and we know Jesus was born before his death, since he slaughtered the babies in an effort to kill the Messiah. (For a more detailed explanation of why I listed the dates I did, follow this link.)

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