Teenie, tiny things about Christmas.

Monday, December 23, 2013

We are getting seriously close to Christmas, and I thought I'd share some of the things I have gathered over the years (of course I have it on a list in my computer! Do you really think I could remember all of this trivial information from year to year?)

If you read this and are not a Christian, please don't be offended. This blog is meant in the Spirit of Love and Good Will. If you have another religion you want me to read about on your blog, please direct me. I'm passable for a non-Jew, because I taught Saturday and Sunday school with a Rabbi so children of both religions could recognize how many things we have in common. First and foremost to Christians is that Christ is the most important Jew we recognize.

We'll start out with some of the simple things:

1. We all know Rudolph has a shiny red nose, but does he have antlers?
2. The movie, " Miracle on 34th Street," is in what city?
3. Which country introduced us to eggnog?
4. The most popular thing to put on the top of a Christmas tree is?
5. Name the three reindeer whose names begin with "D".
6. McDonald's puts what holiday image on bags during the Christmas season?
7. Frosty the Snowman first debuted on which TV station?

OK, enough of the simple ones. These are considered "Medium Challenges".

8. On this day every year, the largest government mailing takes place?
9. How much did it cost to send a Christmas card within the same city early in the Victorian era?
10. "The Twelve Days of Christmas" has how many verses?
11. What state was the last state of the contiguous 48 states to declare Christmas a legal holiday?
12. What automobile manufacturer was born on Christmas Day 1878?

Now is the time to get serious, these should be challenging, at least after number 13.

13. This is in two parts. A. Which NFL player is known as "St. Nick"? B. Which NFL player is from Santa Claus, Indiana?
14. What city name do the states Kentucky, Indiana, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut and Georgia have in common?
15. When Mary told Joseph she was pregnant, what did he do?
16. Approximately how old was Jesus when the wise men (Magi) from the east arrived with their gifts?
17. When and where did the habit of hanging stockings begin?
18. If St. Nickolas is real, where was he born?
19. How did the custom of putting colored balls on trees begin?
20. What does an upside down Christmas tree signify?
21. Are those people who use Xmas insulting the Christian religion?

1. Yes
2. New York
3. England
4. An Angel, followed by a "Shining Star".
5. Dasher, Donder, Dancer. Just checking to see if you were awake. However, in the original, Donder is correct. You don't want to know what they did to Blitzen.
6. Trees
7. CBS

7 points available

8. December 26
9. Nothing!
10. Well duh? 12
11. Oklahoma
12. Louis Joseph Chevrolet

10 points available

13. A. Nick Foles
B. Jake Cutler
14. Bethlehem
15. He considered breaking the engagement quietly.
16. 2 years old.
17. An old story dating back to third century Turkey suggests that St. Nicholas would throw coins down the chimneys of poor women who couldn't afford dowries. The legend continued that the money would land in stockings that were hung over the fire to dry.
18. The true story of Santa Claus begins with Nicholas, who was born during the third century in the village of Patara. At the time the area was Greek and is now on the southern coast of Turkey.
19. From the eleventh century, religious plays called "mystery plays" became quite popular throughout Europe. These plays were performed outdoors and in churches. One of the most prevalent of these plays was the "Paradise play." The play depicted the story of the creation of Adam and Eve, their sin, and their banishment from Paradise. The play would end with the promise of the coming Savior and His Incarnation (cf. Gen. 3:15). The Paradise play was simple by today's standards. The only prop on stage was the "Paradise tree," a fir tree adorned with apples. From this tree, at the appropriate time in the play, Eve would take the fruit, eat it, and give it to Adam. Eventually. other round fruits were added (oranges, lemons, peaches, limes, etc.) Since only the very rich could afford to buy fresh fruit from the Mediterranean, the custom of putting up colored balls began.
20. The Christmas tree was first used by Saint Bonafice of Devonshire in the seventh century to explain the holy trinity to pagans. The Christmas tree was originally hung upside down so that pagans knew the tree was not simply a floral decoration but was instead a symbol of Christianity. By the 12th century, Christians across Europe were customarily hanging their tree upside down. Eventually, the tradition was replaced with the upright Christmas tree, so that the tree pointed toward heaven. The upside down tree and the standing tree mean the same thing.
21. No. Regardless of the many rumo0rs that float around, the use of Xmas was once very common. The Greek X is the recognized symbol for Jesus. Therefore, Xmas literally means, Christ's Mass.

30 points available

Total points possible are 47

45-47 correct means you are a Christmas genius!
41-44 indicates that the celebration of Christmas is very important to you.
38-41 means Christmas is probably a long standing tradition in your family.
35-37 might mean you weren't exposed enough at Christmas as a child.
33-36 indicates you have a passing knowledge of Christmas trivia, but
28-32 means you need help.
27 and Below makes me wonder if you're a pagan, or simply a direct linear descendant of Scrooge!

So how did you all do? Questions 1-7 are worth one point for each correctt answer. Questions 8-12 are worth 2 points and questions 13-21 are worth three points for each correct answer, except for Question 13 which is woth 6 points
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