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CHRISTMAS TRIVIA

1) The real St. Nicholas was born in what modern-day country?


It is believed that the real St. Nicholas was born sometime around 280 A.D. in Patara, near Myra in modern-day Turkey. According to legend, his extraordinary kindness led him to give away all of his inherited wealth as he traveled the countryside helping the sick and poverty-stricken.

2) Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was created as a promotion for what department store?


Montgomery Ward hired a writer named Robert L. May in 1939 to write a Christmas story which could be given away to holiday shoppers. May's brother-in-law, songwriter Johnny Marks, liked the story and decided to write a song to go with it. The resulting "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer", eventually recorded in 1949 by Gene Autry, has become a Christmas classic.

3) What song does Lucy ask Schroeder to play on his piano in "A Charlie Brown Christmas"?


Schroeder attempts to play several complex versions of Jingle Bells for Lucy with her dismissing each one with a "No, no, no." He plunks out a single key version and she yells "That's it!"

4) In "The Twelve Days of Christmas", there are how many drummers drumming?


There are twelve drummers drumming. According to Catholic tradition, The twelve drummers symbolized the twelve points of belief in The Apostles' Creed.

5) What was the name of the magician with the magic hat in the 1969 TV special "Frosty the Snowman"?


A washed-up magician named Professor Hinkle wants desperately to get his discarded magic hat back after he realizes that it has brought Frosty to life.

6) Eggnog was first consumed in what U.S. city?


According to the historical accounts of Captain John Smith, the first eggnog made in the United States was consumed in his 1607 Jamestown settlement. "Nog" was, apparently, a variation of the word "grog", which refers to any drink made with rum.

7) What English monarch established the Christmas tree tradition in Great Britain?


England didn't get on the Christmas tree bandwagon until 1848, when Queen Victoria set up a tree at Windsor Castle.

8) What is the name of Ebeneezer Scrooge's deceased business partner?


Jacob Marley is now a tormented spirit, forced to wander the earth forevermore as punishment for his greedy, selfish and uncaring attitude towards mankind.

9) Who tried to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville?


In How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, the Grinch attempts to put an end to Christmas by stealing presents from the homes of the nearby town Whoville on Christmas Eve. Despite his efforts, Whoville's inhabitants still celebrate the holiday, so the Grinch returns everything that he stole and is the guest of honor at the Whos' Christmas dinner.

10) Who narrated the classic 1966 TV special "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"?


Although Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss) originally disputed casting Boris Karloff for fear that he would make the Grinch too scary, it turned out to be a perfect match, and "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" became an instant classic.

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