Christmas quiz: 20 questions-questions

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This is my 20th Christmas Quiz, which I guess makes it a holiday tradition.

I can’t say 20th annual, since I did the last in 2017, my last Christmas as a full-time columnist. But I figured I would still recognize the milestone, even if it mostly means I’m old.

Is there a punishment glutton who thinks he’s taken the 20?

Bill Blanc (MONICA CABRERA / THE MORNING CALL)

I encourage you to involve the children, as they are more likely to know some of the above answers than you and they need a break from virtual learning.

Bets are encouraged. Have the loser do the dishes.

Let’s get started. No glance at the answers, which I pasted at the end.

1. The final version of “The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You)” was recorded by this man, who introduced the song in 1946:

A. Eminem B. Frank Sinatra vs. Bing crosby D. Nat King Cole E. Old King Cole.

Did Frank Sinatra perform

Did Frank Sinatra perform “The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You)”? (GAB Archives / Redferns // Getty Images)

2. NOT a Christmas villain:

A. Hans gruber B. Mr. Potter vs. king herod D. Scut Farkus E. Bumpus hounds F. Harry and Marv G. General Waverly H. Professor Hinkle.

Was Mr. Potter a Christmas villain?

Was Mr. Potter a Christmas villain? (Pictures from RKO radio)

3. The Grinch’s abused dog is called:

A. Prince B. King vs. Max D. Cindy lou E. Fifi.

Do you remember the name of the Grinch's dog?

Do you remember the name of the Grinch’s dog?

4. The abominable snow monster from “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” is also known as:

A. Bomb B. buzz vs. Bungle D. Charlie in a box E. Bigfoot.

The Abominable Snow Monster decorates a boat during a parade in Newport Beach, Virginia.

The Abominable Snow Monster decorates a boat during a parade in Newport Beach, Virginia. (Don Leach / Daily Pilot)

5. When does tradition suggest that the wise men arrived to worship Jesus?

A. December 24 B. December 25th vs. December 26 D. January 1st E. January 6.

The Magi, or Three Kings (Nelson Matos, William Cintron and Ramone Rodriguez) arrive at SteelStacks with Einstein the Camel during the ArtsQuest celebration of El Dia de los Reyes on January 5, 2020.

The Magi, or Three Kings (Nelson Matos, William Cintron and Ramone Rodriguez) arrive at SteelStacks with Einstein the Camel during the ArtsQuest celebration of El Dia de los Reyes on January 5, 2020. (JANE THERESE / The Morning Call Special)

6. True-False. Scrooge is visited by four ghosts.

Kelsey Grammer played Ebenezer Scrooge in a TV movie "A Christmas Carol: The Musical."

Kelsey Grammer played Ebenezer Scrooge in a TV movie “A Christmas Carol: The Musical”. (NBC)

7. NOT a fact about eggnog:

A. Legend has it that George Washington loved to serve him B. December 24 is National Eggnog Day vs. Led to an 1826 riot at the United States Military Academy D. Cousin Eddie drinks it E. Originally from France at the beginning of the 16th century.

Eggnog is a traditional holiday favorite.

Eggnog is a traditional holiday favorite. (kajakiki / E + via Getty Images)

8. The word Chanukah means:

A. Devotion B. Light vs. Festival D. Oil E. New Year.

Hanukkah was celebrated from December 10-18 this year.

Hanukkah was celebrated from December 10-18 this year. (SAFIN HAMED / Getty)

9. Which Bible prophet predicted that a virgin would give birth to a son named Emmanuel (or Emmanuel, depending on the Bible version)?

A. Noah B. Isaiah vs. Jeremiah D. Ezekiel E. Jonah.

A prophet predicted in the Bible that a virgin would give birth to a son named Emmanuel.

A prophet predicted in the Bible that a virgin would give birth to a son named Emmanuel. (Cloth)

10. Festivus is celebrated:

A. December 25th B. December 24 vs. 23 december D. January 6 E. October 31.

Frank Costanza (Jerry Stiller) explains the meaning of Festivus in a scene from an episode of 'Seinfeld' from 1997.

Frank Costanza (Jerry Stiller) explains the meaning of Festivus in a scene from an episode of ‘Seinfeld’ from 1997. (NBC Universal / Courtesy)

11. This Army buddy and TV host helped Bing Crosby get the word out to the troops in “White Christmas”:

A. Ed harrison B. Ed sullivan vs. Tom bergeron D. Merv Griffon E. Phil Davis.

The 1954 film

The 1954 film “White Christmas”. (Photo provided / ArtsQuest)

12. Everything Mariah Carey wants for Christmas:

A. You B. His two front teeth vs. Hippopotamus D. Snow E. Ryder BB gun red.

Mariah Carey's classic Christmas song, originally released in 1994, is a regular on the Billboard Hot 100 list every year.

Mariah Carey’s classic Christmas song, originally released in 1994, is a regular on the Billboard Hot 100 list every year. (Mat Hayward / Getty Images for American Brewery Sugar Factory)

13. People would throw (or drape, if they listened to their mother) this over their Christmas trees:

A. Snow B. Spaghetti vs. Tinsel D. Mistletoe E. Asbestos.

The official White House Christmas tree is seen in the Blue Room in 2019. Washington Post photo by Jabin Botsford

The official White House Christmas tree is seen in the Blue Room in 2019. Washington Post photo by Jabin Botsford (The Washington Post)

14. All the kids wanted this cassette teddy bear for Christmas in the mid 80s:

A. Elmo B. Ruxpin teddy bear vs. Smoke D. Care Bears E. Bitten.

tickle me elmos

tickle me elmos (WILLIAM THOMAS CAIN / AP)

15. Legend has it that Kevin’s neighbor in “Home Alone” killed people with:

A. Ryder BB gun red B. Chopped vs. Snow shovel D. Reinforced candy canes E. Machine gun while cackling maniacally.

Roberts Blossom played the role of

Roberts Blossom played the role of “Old Man Marley” and Macaulay Culkin was Kevin in “Home Alone”. (Ronald Grant / Everett)

16. This runaway animal terrifies the Griswold family in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”:

A. Reindeer B. Wolverine vs. Squirrel D. Senator Ted Cruz E. Dog.

Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo starred in

Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo starred in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”. (Warner Bros.)

17. The real Saint Nicholas was born in what is now:

A. Turkey B. Egypt vs. Russia D. New Tripoli E. Israel.

Sinterklaas in a Brooklyn museum to celebrate St. Nicholas' Day.

Sinterklaas in a Brooklyn museum to celebrate St. Nicholas’ Day. (handout)

18. His Christmas poem has had a huge influence on our modern image of Santa Claus:

A. Dr. Seuss B. Clarence clemon vs. Clement Clarke Moore D. Samuel clemens E. Arthur Clarke.

The poem

The poem “The Night Before Christmas” had a great influence on our portrayal of Santa Claus. (Dream time / TNS)

19. NOT an actual fact about “Silent Night”:

A. Created on Christmas Eve 1818, accompanied by guitar B. Originally from Austria vs. Sung by troops on both sides during the Christmas Truce of World War I D. Sung by children at the end of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” E. The words were written two years before the music F. Some people have mistakenly attributed the melody to Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven.

Members of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Allentown sing

Members of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Allentown sing “Silent Night” by candlelight during the church’s last Christmas Eve service. (CHRIS KNIGHT / MORNING CALL SPECIAL)

20. Prime Minister Hugh Grant dances to this song in “Love Actually”:

A. “Jump” B. “Long live the wind” vs. “Good King Wenceslas” D. “Old fashioned rock ‘n’ roll ” E. “Feelings.”

Hugh Grant played the British Prime Minister in the film

Hugh Grant played the British Prime Minister in the movie “Love Actually”. (Handout)

OK, let’s see how you did it. The answers are: 1.D 2.g 3.VS 4.B 5.E 6.T 7.E 8.A 9.B ten.VS 11.A 12.A 13.VS 14.B 15.VS 16.VS 17.A 18.VS 19.D 20.A.

The tradition has been served. Merry Christmas.


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