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Christmas Quiz: Day Twenty Four

2011-12-24T03:24:00.947-06:00

Have you been with me since December 1st when we started this crazy endeavor? If so, well, pat yourself on the back, you made it all the way to the end. Here are the final questions of the Family Circle Christmas Quiz!B24: What is the name of the little girl who asked a newspaper editor, "Is there really a Santa Claus?"Wha-? Did that make national headlines or something?"Virginia"If you say



Christmas Quiz - Day Twenty Three

2011-12-23T03:23:00.569-06:00

Almost there, folks! Have you been keeping your own score? Here are a few more Christmas-related questions for ya...B21: The Three Wise Men brought Jesus three gifts. What were they?Hey, I over-answered this a while back didn't I? Gold, frankincense and myrrh.B22: What is the name of the little crippled boy in Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol"?Tiny TimB23: How many years ago was Jesus born?Oh



Christmas Quiz - Day Twenty Two

2011-12-22T03:22:00.520-06:00

We are almost there! More Christmas-related questions for you, courtesy of an ancient Family Circle magazine quiz that my packrat hubby saved back in 1984.B18: What were the creatures doing in the poem "A Visit from St Nicholas"?sleeping?Technically, weren't they "not stirring"?Yup.B19: Who first saw the star of Bethlehem, the Three Wise Men or the shepherds?I'll go with the Magi.Yup. The answer



Christmas Quiz: Day Twenty One

2011-12-21T03:21:01.164-06:00

Continuing with Christmas-related questions, seeing as it's December and all...B15: Where is Christmas Island?Near Easter Island?Turns out there are two Christmas Islands. One is in the Pacific Ocean south of Hawaii, the other in the Indian Ocean. I did not know that; did you?B16: What cactus plant blooms only at Christmas?No idea.A Christmas Cactus.Seriously?B17: Name two food items that people



Christmas Quiz: Day Twenty

2011-12-20T03:20:00.493-06:00

Hey hey hey, we're moving along nicely... here are more of the Christmas-related questions from an ancient issue of Family Circle magazine.B12: Name the three spirits who visited Scrooge on Christmas Eve.The ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future.B13: Who plays with a pinata at Christmas, and what is inside?I dunno.. Winnie the Pooh? Blackbirds??! LoL!(Looks at answers)Oh.I thought there



Christmas Quiz : Day Nineteen

2011-12-19T03:19:00.629-06:00

Still here? It's Day Nineteen of the Christmas-related trivia questions taken from a 1984 Family Circle magazine.B10: What did Mary ride to the stable where she gave birth to Jesus?A donkey? Mule? [a donkey]B11: How many turtle doves did the true love in the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas"?Heh. Five?Nope. Two.Oh well.Today's score: 1 / 2 = 50%Score to date: 30.5 / 37 = 82%We're doing this up



Christmas Quiz - Day Eighteen

2011-12-18T03:18:00.091-06:00

Any of you gonna have any difficulty with any of there questions?B8: What do Dutch children leave out for Santa to fill with presents?A sock? A little sack? Oooh ohhh wait... how about their shoes/clogs?!(Yep, their clogs or shoes is the answer)B9: Who are Santa's helpers?Elves.Or, singular and with a diminutive added, that would be the family pet of The Simpsons :)Today's score = 2 / 2 = 100%



Christmas Quiz - Day Seventeen

2011-12-17T03:17:00.822-06:00

More Christmas-related questions on this seemingly never-ending Christmas Quiz I decided to subject not just myself to, but my reader(s) [if any, haha] too!And on we go.....B6: Who's "nipping at your nose" when you go outside in winter?Jack FrostB7: What kind of Christmas does Bing Crosby always dream of?the White varietyEasy peasy.Today's score = 2 / 2 = 100%Score to date: 27.5 / 33 = 83%Hey, my



Christmas Quiz : Day Sixteen

2011-12-16T03:16:00.294-06:00

A long time ago, back in 1984, Family Circle magazine featured a Christmas Quiz, which got saved by my packrat now-hubby. The yellowed pages somehow ended up with me a few years ago. This year I am finally going through them, and will be 'free' to put them in the paper recycling bin, once I go through all the questions here on this blog. So on we plod.B3: What do bad boys and girls get for



Christmas Quiz - Day Fifteen

2011-12-15T03:15:01.070-06:00

Wheee! We are halfway through this bad idea I had, rejoice, rejoice!! :) Here are the "B-side" questions.B1: Who was chosen to guide Santa on Christmas Eve?I assume you mean Rudolph?B2: Where is America's national Christmas tree?Wha-? At the Rockefeller Center skating rink thingy, perhaps?NOPE! Turns out that the official National Christmas Tree is the General Grant, a giant 40-foot-base sequoia



Christmas Quiz - Day Fourteen

2011-12-14T03:14:00.812-06:00

Today's questions are sooooooooooooooooooo easy, they are not worth the pixelson your screen to read them.A25: What date is Christmas Day?December 25thA26: Name three words Santa says when he's happy.Well it's the same word, just repeated twice: "Ho, ho, ho!"Today's score: 2 / 2 = 100%Score to date: 21.5 / 26 = 83%Tomorrow we start the "B" questions, also 26 of 'em. Are you looking forward to



Christmas Quiz - Day Thirteen

2011-12-13T03:13:00.910-06:00

"Are we there yet?"... Not quite halfway, sorry!A23: What do people hang on their front doors at Christmastime?WreathsA24: What is another name for the log you put on a fire at Christmas?A yule log?(brief consultation of the answers) ... Yup!Today's score: 2 / 2 = 100%Score to date: 19.5 / 24 = 81%Puzzled at what's going on? I am featuring Christmas-related trivia questions taken from a Family



Christmas Quiz - Day Twelve

2011-12-12T18:45:15.803-06:00

More quiz questions!A21: Does Santa live in the South Pole, North Pole, Greenland or Siberia?North PoleDuh.A22: In the Bible story about the first Christmas, why did mary and Joseph go to Bethlehem?Another blank for me... To escape persecution? No wait, that might have come after Jesus was born. Bah, no idea.Oh."They went to Bethlehem to be counted and taxed, following the king's order"Okay.:



Christmas Quiz - Day Eleven

2011-12-11T03:11:00.258-06:00

'Tis the season to be folly, ha ha ha ha ha haha ha haaaa! Here's another Christmas-related question:A20: What present did the little drummer boy give Jesus?Dammit! Trying to run the song through my head, but the lyrics I have are "I've got some gifts for you, they're up in my bum" ... thanks Family Guy! :p I'm gonna have to take a stab at "the gift of a song? Or a tune?"The answer says "He



Christmas Quiz - Day Ten

2011-12-10T03:10:01.013-06:00

Always going forward, 'cos we can't find reverse! :) No, we're not Star Trekking across the universe, we're trudging through a whole bunch of Christmas-related questions culled from an old issue of Family Circle magazine.A18: Name a famous Christmas ballet children enjoy.Not that I've ever seen it or know anything about it: The NutcrackerA19: What is another name for "Christmas pie"?I have no



Christmas Quiz - Day Nine

2011-12-09T03:09:00.790-06:00

Still here? It's Day Nine of the Christmas-related trivia questions taken from a 1984 Family Circle magazine.A16: What do Christian churches call the 28days before Christmas?The advent, right? That's when you have that countdown calendar with a piece of chocolate behind each day, right? I suppose I should look up what the significance of this 'countdown' is, because I'm sure it's not because of



Christmas Quiz - Day Eight

2011-12-08T03:08:00.379-06:00

Day Eight of Twenty Five or so of Christmas-related trivia questions taken from a Family Circle magazine dated December 11th 1984. Why? Just because.A15: What was the magic signal Santa gave before he went up the chimney in the poem "A Visit from ST Nicholas"?I don't think I've ever read/heard said poem, so I have no idea. Therefore I'm going to guess "a clatter" as in "there arose such a clatter



Christmas Quiz: Day Seven

2011-12-07T03:07:00.673-06:00

Yawwwwnnnnn what *have* I gotten myself into?? Here are a few more questions from that Christmas Quiz from an ancient issue of Family Circle magazine:A13: What is a crèche?If I'm not mistaken it means crib (or 'baby's sleeping place) in French.The official answer says "A crèche is a replica of the stable where Jesus was born."Really? A hop to wikipedia's disambiguation page tells of THREE



Christmas Quiz: Day Six

2011-12-06T03:06:00.785-06:00

Continuing with this way too simple Christmas Quiz...A11: If someone wished you "Joyeux Noël," would you be in Haiti, Switzerland, Canada or France?These are all francophonic (is that a real [English] word?) countries, so you could be in any one of them.A12: What famous snowman do you sing about at Christmas?Frosty! [Not to be confused with that dessert from Wendy's!]Today's score: 2 / 2 = 100%



Christmas Quiz: Day Five

2011-12-05T03:05:00.562-06:00

A9: What was Scrooge's favorite saying in Charles Dickens' story "A Christmas Carol"?Bah, humbug, what sort of question is that? Teeheehee :)A10: Name two places Santa puts presents for children.In socks hanging by the fireplace, and under the Christmas tree.



Christmas Quiz: Day Four

2011-12-04T03:04:01.424-06:00

Today's questions are *such* a challenge... NOT!!:A7: What song contains the phrase "fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la"?Deck the Halls. ... with boughs of holly.A8: Who is the singing chipmunk known for his Christmas songs?There's only one singing chipmunk that I know of: Alvin!!Wow, I sure hope they vary -- or at least increase! -- the difficulty level of these questions! My score for today is another



Christmas Quiz: Day Three

2011-12-05T13:37:24.876-06:00

More Christmas-related questions ...A4: Who are the Magi?My answer: According to the tale, they were the three wise men who understood the signs and followed the star to the manger where Jesus was born, bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.Magazine's answer: The Magi is another name for the Three Wise Men who visited the Baby Jesus.Did you know that in the Gospel of Matthew, the number



Christmas Quiz - Day Two

2011-12-02T03:02:00.409-06:00

Here's a question for ya:A3: What happens when you stand under the mistletoe?Have you actually done this? I totally know this from movies, perhaps even books, but I swear I've never seen this happen in real life: you get to (of *have* to, depending, LoL!) kiss the person who's under the mistletoe with you.Oh funny, the official answer is "You get kissed."I know they provide as succinct an answer



Christmas Quiz - Intro & Day One

2011-12-01T03:01:54.074-06:00

From now until the 25th, I will be featuring Christmas-related trivia questions taken from a Family Circle magazine dated December 11th 1984 (yes, you read that right!), and my responses to them.Just because!!Here goes!A1: Name the red flower commonly used as a Christmas decoration.Ummm... poinsettas? Nope, spellcheck tells me it's spelled poinsettias. I've never had to actually pronounce/say



Best of Springfield (IL) 2010: Part Two

2011-01-31T08:08:03.286-06:00

Last week I features the multiple-category winners within the Illinois Times' 2010 "Best of Springfield" feature, specifically in the 2010 Food and Dining category. This week, let's take a look at some of the other winners, shall we? Here they are, in no particular order....Best Outdoor Dining: PANERAThere are at least two locations, but it sounds like the one on South Dirksen has a patio with a