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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. Admiration for his philanthropy eventually grew into the legend of Santa Claus.

2) 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.

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


Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was originally created for Montgomery Ward department stores as part of a promotional gimmick. They 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.

4) In the 1965 TV special "A Charlie Brown Christmas", who builds a gray snowman?


In the 1965 TV special "A Charlie Brown Christmas", the ever-filthy Pigpen can't keep his snow clean and builds a gray snowman.

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


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


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

7) In what country are outdoor barbecues a traditional part of Christmas festivities?


In Australia, Christmas comes in the middle of summer and the temperature often hits a sweltering 100 degrees Fahrenheit on Christmas day. During this warm Australian Christmas season, outdoor barbecues have become a part of the Christmas tradition.

8) What year was Santa's wife, Mrs. Claus, first introduced to the world?


Mrs. Claus, Santa's wife, was first introduced to the world in 1889 in the book Goody Santa Claus On A Sleigh Ride by the poet Katherine Lee Bates. In this story, Mrs. Claus pleads with Santa to take her along on the annual Christmas Eve sleigh ride to deliver toys to all the good little boys and girls. She reminds him that she has worked hard all year long raising perfect candy trees and deserves a chance to participate in the fun. Santa finally agrees, and Mrs. Claus's skills come in quite handy. When Santa finds one little boy's stocking that is too tattered to hold presents, Mrs. Claus pops down the chimney and mends the stocking, saving the day. Santa is a whiz when it comes to making toys, but apparently he can't sew!

9) 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.

10) In the classic 1964 TV special "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer", what did Hermey the elf want to be?


In the 1964 TV special "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer", Rudolph teams up with Hermey, an elf who wants to be a dentist. Together, they attempt to save an island of misfit toys.


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