Prove your holiday knowledge with 12 Trivias of Xmas quiz

<p><p>Each year, Spin Control leaves politics behind to give readers something a bit lighter to argue about – specifically, who knows more Christmas trivia as they gather ’round the tree, sing carols and sip eggnog. After they’ve been properly vaccinated and boosted, or at least have a recent negative COVID-19 test, of course. Here’s the omicron version of the annual 12 Trivias of Xmas, with answers and scoring at the end: </p></p><p><p><strong>1. In the movie “Elf,” where did Buddy get his name?</strong></p></p><p><p>A. It was on his crib at the orphanage.</p></p><p><p>B. Papa Elf gave it to him.</p></p><p><p>C. Santa gave it to him.</p></p><p><p>D. It was on the label on his diaper.</p></p><p><p><strong>2. Who played Susan, the daughter of the Macy’s executive, in the original “Miracle on 34th Street”?</strong></p></p><p><p>A. Judy Garland</p></p><p><p>B. Natalie Wood</p></p><p><p>C. Shirley Temple</p></p><p><p>D. Margaret O’Brien</p></p><p><p><strong>3. In “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” where will the singer be waiting?</strong></p></p><p><p>A. Underneath the mistletoe</p></p><p><p>B. By the tree</p></p><p><p>C. Near the stockings</p></p><p><p>D. By the fireplace</p></p><p><p><strong>4. Holly is a staple of holiday decorations that dates back to the Norse. What did they think the green leafy plant with red berries would do?</strong></p></p><p><p>A. Bring good crops next year</p></p><p><p>B. Increase fertility</p></p><p><p>C. Chase away evil spirits</p></p><p><p>D. Nothing special; they just liked that it had red and green Christmas colors.</p></p><p><p><strong>5. Bing Crosby first performed “White Christmas” publicly on Christmas of what year?</strong></p></p><p><p>A. 1938</p></p><p><p>B. 1939</p></p><p><p>C. 1940</p></p><p><p>D. 1941</p></p><p><p><strong>6. St. Nicholas, the original Santa Claus, is naturally the patron saint of children, but was so popular that he became the patron saint of other groups, including:</strong></p></p><p><p>A. Soldiers</p></p><p><p>B. Sailors</p></p><p><p>C. Tinkers</p></p><p><p>D. Tailors</p></p><p><p><strong>7. During World War I, British and German soldiers on the Western Front called an unofficial truce, stopped fighting and even sang carols and shared their rations, in:</strong></p></p><p><p>A. 1914</p></p><p><p>B. 1915</p></p><p><p>C. 1916</p></p><p><p>D. 1917</p></p><p><p><strong>8. In “It’s a Wonderful Life,” how much money does George Bailey need to find or borrow to save the Building and Loan?</strong></p></p><p><p>A. $800</p></p><p><p>B. $8,000</p></p><p><p>C. $80,000</p></p><p><p>D. $800,000</p></p><p><p><strong>9. Katie Hnida made history on Christmas 2002 as the first woman to:</strong></p></p><p><p>A. Play in a Division I college football game</p></p><p><p>B. Star as Scrooge on a Broadway production of “Christmas Carol”</p></p><p><p>C. Referee an NHL game</p></p><p><p>D. Do the color commentary for a Zags game</p></p><p><p><strong>10. Puritans in Massachusetts in the 1600s didn’t celebrate Christmas because:</strong></p></p><p><p>A. The Bible doesn’t say Jesus was born on Dec. 25.</p></p><p><p>B. They celebrated St. Nicholas Day on Dec. 6 like the Dutch.</p></p><p><p>C. They were opposed to the revelry that was common in Europe because it distracted from the religious meaning.</p></p><p><p>D. The winters were so cold they wanted everyone to stay inside to stay healthy.</p></p><p><p><strong>11. Some conservative religious groups objected to the inclusion of which holiday character in Leavenworth’s “Village of Lights” parade this year?</strong></p></p><p><p>A. Santa, because the letters can be rearranged to spell Satan.</p></p><p><p>B. The Grinch, because they believe Dr. Seuss hid anti-American messages in his books.</p></p><p><p>C. Ebenezer Scrooge, because his character reflects badly on capitalism.</p></p><p><p>D. Krampus, an Eastern European character who punishes bad children, because of demonic influences.</p></p><p><p><strong>12. Chestnuts are a treat mentioned in “The Christmas Song” and what other popular holiday song?</strong></p></p><p><p>A. “Jingle Bell Rock”</p></p><p><p>B. “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”</p></p><p><p>C. “Sleigh Ride”</p></p><p><p>D. “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”</p></p><p><h3>Answers</h3></p><p><p>1. D. The label on his diapers said “Little Buddy’s.”</p></p><p><p>2. B. All the other child stars would have been too old for the role in 1947.</p></p><p><p>3. A. The tree, fireplace and stockings are mentioned during the song, but mistletoe is the place the singer will wait.</p></p><p><p>4. C. Holly, which stayed green in the winter, was thought to repel evil spirits.</p></p><p><p>5. D. The song was written for the “Holiday Inn,” which premiered in 1942, but Crosby performed it on his radio show in 1941, and it became a big hit when the movie was released the next year.</p></p><p><p>6. B. He is the patron saint of sailors, which is a bit strange because Italian sailors supposedly stole his bones from their original resting place in what’s now Turkey in 1087 and brought them to Italy.</p></p><p><p>7. A. It happened in the first year of the war, and generals made sure it never happened again.</p></p><p><p>8. C. Uncle Billy was supposed to deposit $8,000 – which was a lot of money in 1947 – in the bank but mistakenly gave it to Mr. Potter wrapped in a newspaper.</p></p><p><p>9. A. A place-kicker for the University of New Mexico in the Las Vegas Bowl, Hnida came on to kick a PAT, but missed.</p></p><p><p>She made two the next year.</p></p><p><p>10. C. Christmas celebrations were raucous affairs in the 1600s and the Puritans were so opposed that they punished people who celebrated on the day.</p></p><p><p>11. D. The Leavenworth Chamber invited Krampus Seattle, a group that had attended previous celebrations on their own, and that got caught up in controversy over some other changes.</p></p><p><p>12. C. Although not in the Ronettes’ popular cover version, they are in the second verse of the original and most other versions, at the party of Farmer Gray.</p></p><p><h3>Scoring:</h3></p><p><p><strong>0-3</strong> You could be Scrooge before Marley’s ghost appeared.</p></p><p><p><strong>4-6</strong> You could be Charlie Brown sitting in Lucy’s chair.</p></p><p><p><strong>7-9</strong> You could be the Grinch after his heart grew three sizes.</p></p><p><p><strong>11-12</strong> You could be Linus explaining the meaning of Christmas on stage.</p></p>