It’s almost Christmas!

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Christmas is a wonderful time of the year for many reasons. Most importantly, we are celebrating the birth of Jesus and all it means to those who are Christians. During this time of the year, there seems to be renewed kindness to each other as many try to help other people, more than usual. There is also room in all this celebration for a little humor about all of us and Christmas traditions.
Here’s to all the women in the world! According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, while both male and female reindeer grow antlers in the summer each year, male reindeer drop their antlers at the beginning of winter, usually late November to mid-December. Female reindeer retain their antlers until after they give birth in the spring. Therefore, according every historical rendition depicting reindeer, every single one of them (including Rudolph, Blitzen and the other seven) had to be a girl. We should’ve known … only women would be able to drag a fat man in a red velvet suit all around the world in one night and not get lost!
Now take this Christmas Holiday Quiz. You should know most of the answers! They are at the end of the quiz.
1. What is the biggest selling Christmas single of all time?
2. What was Scrooge’s first name?
3. What carol contains the line “O tidings of comfort and joy”?
4. Name the three reindeer whose names begin with “D.”
5. In what city did Miracle on 34th Street take place?
6. In The Night Before Christmas, where were the stockings hung?
7. What color is the Grinch?
8. In the movie “The Santa Claus,” who starred as the substitute Santa Claus?
9. What holiday drink contains sugar, milk, and eggs?
10. What popular bite-sized chocolate candy comes wrapped in red and green foil at Christmas?
11. What one reindeer is never mentioned in “The Night Before Christmas?”
12. Name the two reindeer whose name begins with “C?”
13. What carol contains the words “Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la?”
14. What glittery bits of metal are hung on a Christmas tree?
15. What were Frosty’s last words?
16. On what street did a Santa Claus miracle occur?
17. Counting Rudolph, how many reindeer are there?
18. Why did Rudolph never get to join in?
19. What three characters sing “The Chipmunk Song?”
20. Traditionally, does the oldest or youngest family member open the first present?
21. What holiday film annually appears on television more than 300 times?
22. What is Frosty’s nose made of?
23. What country started the tradition of exchanging gifts?
24. Name the reindeer whose name begins with “B?”
25. Visions of what, dance in children’s heads?
26. How many times is the name of Santa Claus used in “The Night Before Christmas?”
27. What is the most popular tree topper?
28. What snack is often left out for Santa?
29. What cola company was known for its ads featuring a big, smiling Santa?
30. What men’s grooming appliance became a sled for Santa in commercials of the sixties?
31. What do most elves wear on the tips of their shoes?
32. After red and green, what are the two most popular Christmas colors?
33. What two words are normally pre-printed on gift tags?
34. Where was Mommy when she was kissing Santa Claus?
35. Where did Santa land his sleigh in “The Night Before Christmas?”
36. What is the name of the first reindeer Santa calls in “The Night Before Christmas?”
Answers:
1. “White Christmas” 2. Ebenezer 3. “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” 4. Dasher, Donder, Dancer 5. New York 6. By the chimney 7. Green 8. Tim Allen 9. Eggnog 10. Hershey’s Kisses
11. Rudolph 12. Comet and Cupid 13. “Deck the Halls” 14. Tinsel 15. “I’ll be back again someday” 16. 34th Street 17. Nine 18. Reindeer games 19. Alvin, Theodore, and Simon 20. The youngest child
21. “It’s a Wonderful Life” 22. A button 23. Italy 24. Blitzen 25. Sugarplums 26. None 27. Angel 28. Cookies 29. Coca-Cola 30. Norelco Electric Shaver
31. Bells 32. Silver and gold 33. To, From 34. Underneath the mistletoe 35. Upon the roof 36. Dasher
Now, here’s some poignant humor: It was the day after Christmas at a church in San Francisco. The pastor of the church was looking over the lawn when he noticed that the baby Jesus was missing from among the figures. He hurried outside and saw a little boy with a red wagon and in the wagon was the figure of the little infant Jesus. So he walked up to the boy and said, “Well, where did you get your passenger, my fine friend?”
The little boy replied, “I got Him at church.”
“And why did you take Him?”
The boy explained, “Well, about a week before Christmas I prayed to the little Lord Jesus and I told Him if He would bring me a red wagon for Christmas I would give Him a ride around the block in it.”
Merry Christmas, everyone!
(Melanie Behrens – melb@marysvillejt.com)



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