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Seasonal query

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Seasonal query
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So you're down to the stocking stuffers, if you're lucky. But there's still a holiday gathering you should go to, the kids have made last-minute changes to their lists and you've made two trips to the store and still forgot the batteries.

Ask Santa to get them.

Take a few minutes to relax, break off half a Christmas cookie, go back for the other half later, and challenge the kids to take a holiday trivia quiz.

Maybe they'll remember how high Frosty can count but chances are you know that Clement C. Moore wasn't on "Dancing with the Stars."

Now have a whole cookie.

1. Children ages 6 to 11 say the best way to eat a hollow chocolate Santa is head-first, feet-first or belly-first?

2. Who is the coolest holiday character?

3. Ninety-eight percent of us do this at Christmastime. What is it?

4. What is the most popular tree topper?

5. What is the average number of ornaments on a tree? 50, 75 or 100?

6. In "A Charlie Brown Christmas," who is the finest skater: Lucy or Snoopy?

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7. In which "Home Alone" movie does Kevin buy milk, eggs and fabric softener?

8. In Frosty the Snowman, how high can Frosty count?

9. What is the horse's name in "Jingle Bells"?

10. What song contains the line, "Oh, ho, the mistletoe, hung where you can see?"

11. What popular Christmas 1974 gift rested on a bed of straw?

12. In "It's a Wonderful Life," how did Clarence cleverly save George's life?

13. Why was Perry Como turned down for recording "Rudliph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"?

14. In "Rudliph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," what made the squirt gun a misfit toy?

15. What author first gave names to St. Nick's reindeer?

16. Who said to the little lamb, "Do you see what I see"?

17. Who wrote all the music for "Holiday Inn"?

18. How many stanzas make up "Silent Night"?

19. What two Gospels tell the most complete biblical Christmas story?

20. What does the word "Advent" mean?

21. Who told Joseph to name the baby "Jesus"?

22. How many wise men were there?

23. When the wise men brought their gifts to Jesus, where did they find him?

24. What is a manger? A barn, cave or feeding trough?

25. What U.S. city lights the Christmas tree on the Ellipse?

26. In Ireland, what must your name be to snuff out the church Christmas candles?

27. What does Clara throw at the Mouse King?

28. In "How the Grinch Stlie Christmas," what shortcoming made the Grinch so mean?

29. How many horses pull the sleigh in "Jingle Bells?"

30. One of the two known copies of the first individual publication of Clement C. Moore's poem, "'Twas the Night before Christmas," can be found in what city: Peoria, Springfield, Bloomington or Champaign-Urbana?


1. 52 percent say head-first; 26 percent feet-first and 19 percent the unsophisticated belly-first

2. Santa got 42 percent of the vote, followed by reindeer with 29 percent and snowmen at 28 percent

3. Wrap packages

4. An angel

5. 75

6. Snoopy

7. The first one

8. Up to five

9. Bobtail

10. "A Holly Jolly Christmas"

11. The pet rock

12. He jumped into the river first

13. He wanted to cut a line

14. It squirted jelly

15. Clement C. Moore

16. The night wind

17. Irving Berlin

18. Three

19. Matthew and Luke

20. Coming

21. An angel

22. No one really knows, the Bible doesn't say

23. In a house; since the journey took so long, he was probably a couple of years old

24. A feeding trough

25. Washington, D.C.

26. Mary

27. her slipper

28. his heart was two sizes too small

29. One

30. The University of Illinois library in Champaign-Urbana.


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