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The World's Toughest Holiday Quiz (or is it???)

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You think you know the holidays? Well, here's the hardest, most meticulously researched, make-you-rush-to-Google …

Oh, never mind. Just have fun!

1. What holiday song has sold the most copies (in single and album form) since 1940?

A. “White Christmas”
B. “Jingle Bell Rock”
C. “Let It Snow”
D. “Do You Hear What I Hear?”

2. In the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” how many lords a- leaping are there?

A. 11. They refuse to be outdone by the 12 pipers piping.
B. 9. But only because the 10th got a run in his tights.
C. 10. Lords only leap in even numbers, naturally.
D. None. Leaping is far too undignified, thankyouverymuch.

3. Which of Santa's nine reindeer shares his name with a former presidential candidate?

A. Vixen
B. Rudolph
C. Prancer
D. Dasher.

4. Name the four ghosts in Charles Dickens' “A Christmas Carol.”

A. Brad Pitt, Elvis, Bruce Willis and Casper
B. Ebenezer Scrooge, the Grateful Dead, Christmas Past and the Hound of the Baskervilles
C. The creepy little girl from “The Ring,” the Canterville Ghost, Hamlet's father and Ghost Rider
D. Christmas Past, Christmas Present, Christmas Yet to Come and Jacob Marley

5. Which two states had the highest revenues in Christmas tree sales in 2006?

A. Alaska and Washington
B. Oregon and Washington
C. Oregon and North Carolina|
D. Rhode Island and Hawaii

6. About how many candy canes are produced in the United States in a year?

A. None, silly. They're produced at the North Pole.
B. It depends: How many elephants can 11 elves eat, if an elf even could eat an elephant?
C. Between 20,000 and 50,000, not including the ones with green stripes only.
D. Almost 2 billion.

7. In the original version of the song “Frosty the Snowman,” recorded by Gene Autry and the Cass County Boys in 1950, what was Frosty's nose made of?

A. A button
B. A carrot
C. An icicle
D. None of the above. He wore a pair of those disguise glasses with a nose and mustache attached.

8. What winter-themed song was the 25-millionth download from Apple's music Web site, iTunes, in December 2003?

A. Alvin and the Chipmunk's “Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree,” from their 1994 album, “A Very Merry Chipmunk”
B. Comedian Adam Sandler's “The Hanukkah Song”
C. Frank Sinatra's version of “Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow”
D. Twisted Sister's heavy-metal version of “Silver Bells” from their 2006 “Twisted Christmas” album.

9. In the 1946 film “It's a Wonderful Life,” what is the name of the character played by James Stewart, and what town does he live in?

A. Clark Griswold; Springfield
B. Doris Walker; Manhattan
C. Kevin McAllister; Chicago
D. George Bailey; Bedford Falls

10. According to the International Bartenders Association, what should be mixed with eggnog?

A.. Warm chocolate chip cookies
B. Vodka, as a tribute to its Russian heritage
C. Brandy
D. Chestnuts and an open fire

11. Taking into account time-zone changes, how many hours does Santa Claus have to deliver his gifts all the way around the world?

A. Well, if Santa covers “x” distance over the course of “h” hours taking into account the variable magical elvin powers, then … uh … can someone pass the eggnog?
B. Santa does not concern himself with such trivialities.
C. Well, in some places – such as Germany – Santa delivers his gifts on Dec. 6, so this is a trick question.
D. If Santa were to begin on Christmas Eve on the west side of the international date line and head west, he would have about 36 hours to deliver his gifts before dawn on Dec. 25.

12. In Dr. Seuss' 1957 book, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” the Grinch steals all the presents from Whoville. Where does the Grinch live?

A. Mount Crumpit
B. His Emerald Castle in Groz
C. Bah-Humbugopolis
D. In a trash bin with Oscar the Grouch

13. In Tchaikovsky's ballet “The Nutcracker,” Clara helps the Nutcracker by throwing what at the Mouse King?

A. An old banana
B. Her slipper
C. A fruitcake
D. A Yule log

14. There are two towns named “Santa Claus.” Where are they?

A. Indiana and Georgia.
B. Both in Alaska. Otherwise we would have found the elves' workshops by now.
C. Both in California. Those Hollywood types always give things funny names. Towns … children …
D. Wisconsin and Minnesota.

15. In the Hanukkah song, “Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel,” what is the top made of?

A. Whittled wood
B. Delicious latke
C. Clay
D. Lead paint, imported from China



1. A. Irving Berlin's “White Christmas,” first recorded by Bing Crosby in 1942.

2. C. There are 12 drummers drumming, 11 pipers piping, 10 lords a-leaping, nine ladies dancing, eight maids a-milking, seven swans a- swimming, six geese a-laying, five golden rings, four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves and, of course, a partridge in a pear tree.

3. B. Rudolph “Rudy” Giuliani ran for (but did not win) the 2008 Republican nomination for president. Perhaps a candidate named Prancer Claus might have fared better.

4. D. Elvis isn't dead, silly.

5. C. North Carolina sold $134 million worth and Oregon sold $121 million worth in 2006. Artificial Christmas trees have been outselling the real deal for the past 15 years.

6. D. 1.76 billion in 2006.

7. A. Later depictions often show him with a carrot nose.

8. C. In the words of Seattle Times music critic Patrick MacDonald: “Frank lives on!”

9. D. The other answers are from “National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation,” “Miracle on 34th Street” and “Home Alone,” respectively.

10. C. But upon further inspection, we think A and D would work as well.

11. B and D. Or A and C. He's magic, OK?

12. A. The ridiculously steep, 3,000-foot high mountain is just north of Whoville.

13. B. But we suppose a fruitcake would have worked as well.

14. A. Don't you wish you lived there?

15. C. Here's the chorus: “Oh, dreidel, dreidel, dreidel/I made it out of clay/Oh, dreidel, dreidel, dreidel/Now dreidel we shall play!”

c)  Herald; Rock Hill, S.C.. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.  

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