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Test your knowledge of Christmas

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.

The answers:

1. Indiana.

2. Germany.

3. “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.”

4. Jesus.

5. Illustrator Thomas Nast.

6. “Vacation.”

7. A Red Rider BB gun.

8. St. Nicholas.

9. Eggnog.

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.”

15. Six.

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.

Merry Christmas!

Copyright Dec. 17, 2008. This “Everyday People” column appeared in The North Scott Press, Eldridge, Iowa.

 
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Posted by on December 18, 2008 in Uncategorized

 

Historic harvest

The harvest on Jerry and Bonnie Boldt's farm west of Davenport always ends with the hand-picking of the last of the corn crop in honor of deceased ancestors and others. This year's harvest took on special meaning, though, because the farm has now been in the Boldt family for 100 years. The hand-pickers this year were (l-r) Mike Fink, Jared Boldt, Jake Peeters, Jorden Boldt, Kaylee Wulf, Bonnie Boldt, Kylie Boldt and Jerry Boldt.

The harvest on Jerry and Bonnie Boldt's farm west of Davenport always ends with the hand-picking of the last of the corn crop in honor of deceased ancestors and others. This year's harvest took on special meaning, though, because the farm has now been in the Boldt family for 100 years. The hand-pickers this year were (l-r) Mike Fink, Jared Boldt, Jake Peeters, Jorden Boldt, Kaylee Wulf, Bonnie Boldt, Kylie Boldt and Jerry Boldt.

 

Each year on the last day of the corn harvest, Scott County farmer Jerry Boldt and his helpers pick the last few rows of corn by hand in honor of his ancestors and some others. That includes Boldt’s great-grandfather, Claus, the first Boldt to occupy the farm located west of West Lake Park. Claus Boldt picked his entire crop by hand.  

Any harvest is, of course, important to a farmer. But the 2008 harvest, which ended Nov. 29, was especially meaningful to Jerry Boldt, who occupies the family farm with his wife, Bonnie.

This year marked the 100th year the farm has been owned by the Boldt family. 

Claus Boldt rented the farm and moved onto the land in 1878, says Jerry Boldt. Jerry Boldt’s grandfather, Herman Boldt, signed the papers to buy the place in 1908. He was followed on the farm by Jerry’s late parents, Walter and Margaret Boldt.

Jerry Boldt grew up on the farm and guesses he’s been involved in about 40 harvests there.

“I don’t remember not doing it,” he says.

Most of those four decades Boldt harvested the crop by himself. In recent years, other folks, including his sons Jared and Jorden, have been involved. This year wife Bonnie and the Boldt’s two granddaughters, Kaylee Wulf and Kylie Boldt, came to the field to participate in the harvest’s historic hand-picking conclusion.

“Harvest is kind of special,” Boldt says as he scans the corn, which stands between two massive Deere combines facing one another, about to be hand picked. “You’re glad to be done with it but sort of sad to see it end.”

Claus Boldt raised wheat in addition to corn. Herman also raised a lot of potatoes. “That’s why we’re here today,” Boldt says, “because they put in their time.”

As the hand-picking takes place, Boldt reverently dedicates individual ears to deceased family members, neighbors and friends.

“This ear’s for you, Claus,” he’ll say, for example, as he throws an ear of corn into one of the parked combines. “It gets kind of emotional at times,” he admits.

Boldt always pauses a bit and contemplates over the last ear picked by hand.

“Back in the old days,” he says, “if you picked a hundred acres by hand, when you got to the last ear it must have been pretty special. That’s why I sort that last ear out from the others.”

This was a good year, Boldt says of the 2008 corn crop. The last bad year? He says it was 1988 because of a drought.

“It was hard to find a last ear to pick,” he jokes.

The ears are ice cold, and the hand-picking ceremony will be followed by lunch to celebrate the end of the harvest. The meal traditionally features hot chili to warm the cold farm workers.

Boldt says he never knows for sure where the harvest of corn will end, with the last few stalks standing, awaiting hand-picking. This year, though, he arranged for that to be on a hill north of the farmhouse and south of Locust Street.

Those stalks, now picked clean, will proudly stand aloft in the harvested field until its planting time in 2009, serving as a reminder of this special 100th harvest.

Copyright Dec. 10, 2008. This article and photo appeared in The North Scott Press, Eldridge, Iowa.

 
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Posted by on December 18, 2008 in Uncategorized