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Printable Christmas Brain Teasers


Here are two fun printable Christmas brain teasers for older students and adults. Please see my Cryptogram Basics below if you're not familiar with solving these fun puzzlers. Otherwise, let's get started!

Cryptogram #1 - Christmas Quotation

Christmas Cryptogram #1 is a famous holiday quotation. One of two printable Christmas brain teasers on this page.

A well-known Christmas song is the inspiration for this interesting quotation. See the printable page which contains both puzzles, or read the text here: 



‘DZNWY.’                        ---PNOU   TFLCPM   (1904-1977)

Cryptogram #2  - Fictional Christmas Characters

Fictional Christmas Characters - Printable Christmas Brain Teaser Cryptogram

Think about all the interesting fictional characters that are part of the Christmas season as you decode this list. Use the printable page, which contains both puzzles shown above, or work from the text shown here: 

  3.  UAL.   XBKQL
  4.  SNOW  SNU
  6.  SED   YANOXE
  9.  MKLEDA

You can get both of these Christmas cryptograms here.

Cryptogram Basics 

In any type of standard cryptogram puzzle, one letter of the alphabet is substituted with another letter. The same substitution is used throughout a single puzzle. 

When you're solving cryptograms, remember that if A = Z, it will always equal Z in that puzzle. But you should not assume that Z = A. It probably does not. Each of these puzzles uses a different code.

If you'd like more information, please read these cryptogram tips.

More Printable Christmas Brain Teasers

Holiday Word Scramble - Spellers of all ages are sure to enjoy solving this "Happy Holidays" word scramble puzzle!

Letter to Santa - Find all the mistakes in Bobby's heartfelt letter to Santa Claus in this free Christmas worksheet.

Christmas stocking tricky word search puzzle

Christmas Word Searches - Two very non-traditional word search puzzles that you're sure to love. Look closely for special words hidden inside Christmas stockings.  The first puzzle, you'll try to find out how many times STOCKING is spelled. In the second, you'll do the same for TOYS. These puzzles are a bit tricky, and oh, so much fun! 

The Birth of Jesus Crossword - Celebrate the true meaning of Christmas with this engaging crossword puzzle. The clues come from the Gospels of Matthew and Luke in the New Testament.

You may also be interested in our Christmas bulletin board ideas.

More Brain Teasers for You

We have lots of brain teasers that you can use any time of year, at Level One (easier) and Level Two (more difficult). Here is a small sample:

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12 Free Brain Teasers with answers right on the web. Quick-thinking spelling word play exercises that are fun for all ages. Complete word transformations and more!  Level 1

Mystery Words - Printable worksheets, especially for kids. They'll need to carefully read the directions, use critical thinking skills and spelling skills to find the mystery words.  Fun and challenging!  Level 1

Brain Teaser Questions and Answers - Quick word transformations, brainstorming and word play challenges - Level 2

The Message  & Reply - Two REALLY difficult letters with hidden messages. Good spelling skills are the key to uncovering them!  Level 2


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