So you think you know a lot about Christmas? Take this quiz and find out. The answers are at the end.
1. Although it was filmed in Cleveland, “A Christmas Story” was set in what state?
2. The Christmas tree is a symbol of the holidays in many countries. In which country did it originate as far back as the 16th century?
3. In the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life,” what book is Angel Second Class Clarence Odbody reading?
4. Christmas celebrates whose birth?
5. Researchers have traced the basic framework of the Santa Claus myth back to works of three people. They are writer Washington Irving, scholar Clement C. Moore and who else?
6. In the 1989 film, “Christmas Vacation,” Clark and Eddie drink from Marty Moose glasses. Marty was the theme park character in what 1983 film?
7. In “A Christmas Story,” what did Ralphie Parker want most for Christmas?
8. Santa Claus resembles what European bringer of gifts?
9. What holiday drink is made of eggs beaten with sugar, milk, cream and often some kind of spirit?
10. Who wrote the following: “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy.”
11. What motion picture, originally a book by Chris Van Allsburg, is about a boy who, while waiting up Christmas Eve hoping to hear Santa’s sleigh, is instead taken on a train ride to the North Pole?
12. What was the bully’s name in “A Christmas Story?”
13. In a 1947 flick, an old man who claims to be Santa ends up institutionalized as insane. Then a young lawyer defends him in court, arguing he is the real thing. What is the name of the movie?
14. For which movie did Irving Berlin compose the song “White Christmas?”
15. In “It’s a Wonderful Life,” how many shots does Bert the cop fire from his pistol at George Bailey?
16. Who were the two bad guys in the “Home Alone” movies?
17. In the song “The 12 Days of Christmas,” what did “my true love” send on the fifth day?
18. In “A Christmas Story,” what does Mr. Parker say is a major award when it arrives?
19. “Christmas Vacation” is the only “Vacation” film in which what Lindsay Buckingham song is not heard?
20. “It’s a Wonderful Life” actress Donna Reed comes from what Iowa city.
3. “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.”
5. Illustrator Thomas Nast.
7. A Red Rider BB gun.
8. St. Nicholas.
10. Francis P. Church. His editorial was first published in “The New York Sun” in 1897 in response to a letter from Virginia O’Hanlon, age 8.
11. “The Polar Express.”
12. Scut Farkas.
13. “Miracle on 34th Street.”
14. “Holiday Inn.”
16. Harry and Marv.
17. Five gold rings.
18. A leg lamp.
19. “Holiday Road.”
20. Donna Belle Mullenger (1921-1986) was born in Denison.
Copyright Dec. 17, 2008. This “Everyday People” column appeared in The North Scott Press, Eldridge, Iowa.