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CHRISTMAS TRIVIA XXII

211) Who is the detective in Agatha Christie's Murder for Christmas?


The novel was originally published in the UK as Hercule Poirot's Christmas.

212) In John Grisham's Christmas novel, Skipping Christmas, how does Luther stop carolers from singing on his lawn?


Luther keeps the carolers away by freezing his sidewalk.

213) In The Gift of the Magi, what does Della sell to buy a Christmas gift for her husband?


On Christmas Eve, desperate to find a gift for Jim, Della sells her hair for $20.

214) In The Polar Express, what was the name of the "steepest downhill grade in the world"?


The cotter pin of the throttle sheers off, causing the train to speed up and run out of control as it crosses Glacier Gulch.

215) Gift wrap was invented in what country?


The use of wrapping paper is first documented in ancient China, where paper was invented in the 2nd century BC. In the Southern Song dynasty, monetary gifts were wrapped with paper, forming an envelope known as a chih pao. The wrapped gifts were distributed by the Chinese court to government officials.

216) What did Ralphie's Little Orphan Annie Decoder tell him in A Christmas Story?


After drinking gallons of Ovaltine Ralphie finally receives his long-awaited Orphan Annie Secret Society decoder pin in the mail. He decodes his first message only to find that it's just a crummy commercial telling him to "Be Sure To Drink Your Ovaltine."

217) Which of these Christmas-themed town names isn't real?


There is no Frosty, Alaska. But there should be!

218) What Christmas carol contains the line: "O tidings of comfort and joy"?


God rest ye merry gentlemen
Let nothing you dismay
Remember Christ our Savior
Was born on Christmas Day
To save us all from Satan's pow'r
When we were gone astray
Oh tidings of comfort and joy
Comfort and joy
Oh tidings of comfort and joy

219) In Clement Clarke Moore's "Twas the Night Before Christmas", which reindeer is mentioned first?


He whistled, and shouted, and call'd them by name:
"Now! Dasher, now! Dancer, now! Prancer, and Vixen,
"On! Comet, on! Cupid, on! Dunder and Blixem;
"To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
"Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"

220) When was Christmas declared a federal holiday in the United States?


Christmas was declared a federal holiday in the United States on June 26, 1870.

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