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CHRISTMAS TRIVIA XI

101) What First Lady started the tradition of selecting a theme for the official White House Christmas tree?


In 1961, Jacqueline Kennedy began this tradition by decorating the Kennedy tree with ornamental toys, birds, angels and characters from the "Nutcracker Suite" ballet.

102) Who plays Charles Dickens in The Muppet Christmas Carol?


Charles Dickens (played by Gonzo the Great) and his friend Rizzo the Rat act as narrators throughout the film.

103) What Christmas movie stars Tim Allen as advertising executive John Pasquin?


In The Santa Clause Tim Allen is Scott Calvin, an ordinary man who accidentally kills Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. Together with his young son, Scott finish Santa's deliveries in order to save Christmas.

104) What U. S. President was the first to decorate a Christmas tree with electric lights?


In 1894, the Cleveland Family decorated their tree with red, white and blue electric light bulbs. It was placed in the second floor Oval Room of the White House and delighted the president's young daughters.

105) In which Christmas movie does rock 'n' roll legend Billy Mack record a Christmas number one single?


In Love Actually, Bill Nighy plays rock and roll legend Billy Mack who records a Christmas variation of The Troggs' classic hit "Love Is All Around". Although he thinks the record is terrible, Mack promotes the release in the hope it will become the Christmas number one single--which it does.

106) What Christmas film was based on John Grisham's novel Skipping Christmas?


In Christmas with the Kranks Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis decide to skip Christmas since their daughter is away, much to the chagrin of their neighbors.

107) What U.S. city banned Christmas in 1659?


Christmas observance was outlawed in Boston in 1659. The ban by the Puritans was revoked in 1681 by an English appointed governor, Edmund Andros, however it was not until the mid-19th century that celebrating Christmas became fashionable in the Boston region.

108) In It's a Wonderful Life, what part of George's house is always broken?


When George is barreling down his tunnel of despair, he arrives home and accidentally pulls loose the top piece of his bannister. This is evidently something that happens all the time at his old house, but he finds it especially irritating in the middle of an epic financial crisis. The broken bannister reminds him of everything he doesn't have. Later, when he gets his life back, his attitude changes. Now, he's able to appreciate everything in his life, including the flaws. This time, when the bannister comes apart, he kisses it before putting it back together.

109) In what country did eggnog originate?


While culinary historians debate its exact lineage, most agree eggnog originated from the early medieval Britain "posset," a hot, milky, ale-like drink.

110) In The Chipmunk Song, what does Alvin want for Christmas?


Alvin mentions not once, but twice, that he would like a hula hoop for Christmas.

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