Sorry but the old quizmaster has been a bit grumpy lately. Some folks are fiddling badly with that “government by the people” thing and he don’t like it one bit.
One bit of business to take care of then on with a quiz about winter holidays:
Following a display of butt kissing the likes of which haven’t been seen since the days all powerful kings and which has no place in any democracy, the quizmaster shall henceforth refer to our current president mockingly as “Dear Leader” a title which it seems he would prefer.
With that out of the way, let’s have some fun. Some of these questions I may have asked in the past. My memory ain’t what it used to be either.
1) What year was Christmas first celebrated on Dec. 25?
2) With the date of Christmas set on Dec. 25, the Catholic Church then set the Feast of the Annunciation (announcing Mary was with child) for what date?
3) What political cartoonist is most responsible for our contemporary depiction of Santa Claus?
4) Let’s not forget some of the songs of the season. “White Christmas” was introduced in what Bing Crosby movie?
5) The month of December has and has had many holidays, most dealing with the movement of the sun. What holiday (or what date) does the sun set earliest for the year?
6) The 12 day holiday celebrating the return of the sun in pagan Scandinavia was known as what?
7) What now defunct department store chain created “Rudolph the Reindeer”?
8) A recent entry into Christmas lore is what sneaky little spy for Santa Claus that watches children by day and reports their activities to the big guy at night?
9) Santa Claus first appeared in a commercial for what company?
10) In what year was Charles Dickens “Christmas Carol” published?
11) Ancient Rome celebrated a 12 day feast celebrating the return of the sun that was known as what?
12) “Silver Bells” paints a picture of a bustling downtown scene. The song made it debut in what 1951 movie?
13) The Christmas tree made its first appearance in the White House during whose presidency? (Hint: pre-Civil War)
14) Frosty the Snowman has a nose made from what?
15) “We Need A Little Christmas” sang the title character in what Broadway play that was later a movie?
16) O. Henry relayed a delightful tale of the Christmas giving of a young and nearly penniless couple in what story?
17) What was the name of the downtown department store featured in “A Christmas Story”?
18) “He died seven years ago this very night.” Who was Scrooge speaking of when he stated that in “Christmas Carol”?
19) What Norse (or Germanic) god is thought to be the model for many of the tales of Santa Claus?
20) Christmas has quite a bit of lore on battlefields also. What surprise attack took place on Christmas of 1776 during our Revolution?
Fibber McGee and Molly from 1949, titled “Christmas Decorations” – 30 minutes, but fun.
1) 336 AD or CE
2) March 25th or 9 months previous to Christmas.
3) Thomas Nast
4) Holiday Inn (1942)
5) on St. Nicholas day December 6th.
6) Yule – also spelled Juul
7) Montgomery Ward
8) Elf on the shelf
12) “Lemon Drop Kid” starring Bob Hope
13) Franklin Pierce
14) a button
15) “Auntie Mame”
16) “The Gift Of The Magi”
17) Higbee’s Department Store
18) his late partner Jacob Marley
19) Odin. Odin had an 8 legged horse named Sleipner that could fly.
20) Washington’s attack crossing the Delaware to attack the Hessians at Trenton.
Remember – they can only beat us if we let them.