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Blaine's Christmas Trivia Puzzle (©1998)

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Choose the correct answer for each question below, and then place its letter in the corresponding space above. The resulting phrase read from left to right will be a message appropriate for the season.

  1. The Grinch attempted to steal Christmas from what village?
  2. F = Merryvalley
    G = Diffendoofer
    E = Who-ville

  3. Who wrote A Christmas Carol?
  4. A = Charles Dickens
    E = Emily Bronte
    R = Mark Twain

  5. In A Christmas Carol, who was Ebenezer Scrooge’s partner?
  6. A = Bob Cratchit
    C = Jacob Marley
    L = Tiny Tim

  7. Which trio of singing "Tamias Striatus" had a #1 single in December 1958?
  8. I = Plácido Domingo, José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti
    N = The McGuire Sisters
    H = Simon, Theodore and Alvin

  9. The editor of which newspaper wrote "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus"?
  10. T = Boston Herald
    S = New York Sun
    C = San Francisco Chronicle

  11. In "A Visit from St. Nick," what were the children dreaming of?
  12. M = Sugarplums
    K = Stockings
    I = Reindeer

  13. In 1818, why did Austrian priest Joseph Mohr write "Silent Night"?
  14. N = To commemorate the signing of the Treaty of Ghent ending the War of 1812.
    S = The bishop was visiting.
    A = The church organ was broken so he wrote a piece that could be played on a guitar.

  15. On the 8th day of Christmas, what did my true love give to me?
  16. G = Eight pipers piping
    E = Eight lords a-leaping
    L = Eight maids a-milking

  17. According to the carol, who looked out on the Feast of Stephen?
  18. N = Frosty the Snowman
    W = Jolly St. Nick
    L = Good King Wenceslas

  19. What’s the name of the angel in "It’s a Wonderful Life"?
  20. J = Clarence
    I = Andrew
    D
    = George

  21. During the filming of "It’s a Wonderful Life," what was used to simulate snow?
  22. I = Cotton balls
    S = Confetti
    O = Bleached corn flakes

  23. Name the department store in "Miracle on 34th Street"?
  24. H = FAO Schwartz
    Y = Macy’s
    C = Marks and Spencer

  25. The Christmas Tree tradition originated in which country?
  26. I = Germany
    E = England
    K = United States

  27. Who composed the music for the "Nutcracker Ballet"?
  28. F = Vivaldi
    I = Dvorak
    S = Tchaikovsky

  29. When is the Twelfth Day of Christmas?
  30. F = December 25th
    S = December 26th
    A = January 6th

  31. When was Christmas first celebrated?
  32. O = 100 B.C.
    T = In the 4th Century
    M = 1965

  33. Why was December 25th chosen as Christmas Day?
  34. R = To compete with a pagan celebration.
    Y = That’s known to be the exact date when Jesus was born.
    H = That’s when Christmas trees are in season.

  35. How did mistletoe get tied to a tradition of kissing?
  36. A = In ancient times it was used to make love potions.
    E = It had been associated with the Scandinavian love goddess.
    K = Eating it makes your mouth pucker.

  37. In the common abbreviation Xmas, what does X represent?
  38. A = The Greek letter Chi which begins Christ’s name.
    I = The cross on which Christ was crucified.
    V = Its origin is unknown.

  39. December 26th was traditionally known as St. Stephen’s Day but is more commonly known, in places like England, as what?
  40. E = Epiphany
    N = The Feast of St. Nicholas
    S = Boxing Day

  41. How long did it take Handel to compose the "Messiah"?
  42. U = 3 weeks
    R = 3 months
    D = 3 years

  43. In Australia, usual Christmas activities include:
  44. Y = Building snowmen
    E = Sledding
    R = Surfing

  45. Who is the nutcracker’s main enemy in the "Nutcracker Ballet"?
  46. E = King of the Mice
    M = Drosselmeyer the Magician
    S = Clara

  47. Which popular Christmas song was first written for Thanksgiving?
  48. E = Joy to the World
    T = Jingle Bells
    D = Frosty the Snowman

  49. What country did poinsettias originally come from?
  50. S = Spain
    O = Mexico
    R = Brazil

  51. "Mele Kalikima" is "Merry Christmas" in what language?
  52. B = Hawaiian
    R = Indonesian
    P = Swedish

  53. When spelling out the names of Santa’s reindeer using Scrabble® tiles, which would have the highest point value?
  54. I = Rudolph
    E = Blitzen
    Y = Vixen

  55. What is the easy to remember address of my personal web site?
  56. C = welcome.to/blaine
    R = www.microsoft.com
    Y = www.nasa.org

  57. What did I do on May 2nd, 1998 while wearing a tuxedo?
  58. H = Sang the Vivaldi Gloria, Duruflé Requiem and Poulenc Gloria.
    I = Bungee jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge.
    M = Took down my Christmas lights.

  59. What did I do on May 10th, June 27th, and September 12th of 1998?
  60. R = Watched reruns of Seinfeld.
    E = Rafted down Tuolumne River, Merced River and Cache Creek respectively.
    T = Took my only showers this year.

  61. What did my sister do on July 11th, 1998?
  62. I = Went to see "Lethal Weapon 4"
    B = Made a snowman and went skiing.
    R = Got married to Jeff.

  63. When my co-workers and I were treated to a cruise on the bay in August 1998, what were we celebrating?
  64. I = Completing our Y2K changes.
    L = Learning what Y2K stands for.
    S = Nothing

  65. What role did I play in the recent production of "Our Town"?
  66. A = Emily Webb
    S = Doc Gibbs
    T = Howie Newsome

  67. What’s the name of my cousin who was born in England on November 24th, 1998?
  68. I = Jeremy
    M = Grace
    H = Amelia

  69. What game did we play after Thanksgiving dinner 1998 at Aunt Dottie & Uncle John’s house?
  70. A = Monopoly
    E = Sequence
    N = Twister

  71. What color(s) are the Christmas lights on my house?

D = Red and green, alternating
E = All white
S = Orange, pink and purple

Answers:  1-E, 2-A, 3-C, 4-H, 5-S, 6-M, 7-A, 8-L, 9-L, 10-J, 11-O, 12-Y, 13-I, 14-S, 15-A, 16-T, 17-R, 18-E, 19-A, 20-S, 21-U, 22-R, 23-E, 24-T, 25-O, 26-B, 27-E, 28-C, 29-H, 30-E, 31-R, 32-I, 33-S, 34-H, 35-E, 36-D
Secret Phrase:  Each small joy is a treasure to be cherished.

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