Merry Christmas, readers! Today we offer you a gift — a fun, challenging quiz all about Christmas. Share it with family and friends or savor it by yourself.
1. Who first recorded “Frosty the Snowman”?
2. In “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” by Dr. Seuss, what is the most likely reason the Grinch hated Christmas?
3. Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell sang “Silver Bells” as a duet in what movie?
4. What language was “Silent Night” originally written in?
5. Bright Eyes released “A Christmas Album” of traditional songs in 2002. What charity benefited from the album's sales?
6. What film introduced the song “White Christmas”?
7. Why can't grownups hear the sleigh bells in “The Polar Express”?
8. Walter Afanasieff and Mariah Carey's “All I Want for Christmas Is You” was featured in what movie?
9. Complete the song lyric: “I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus ... ”
10. “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” is one of the oldest Christmas hymns still sung during Advent. Although the author is unknown, the song predates what year?
11. Judy Garland introduced “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” in what 1944 film?
12. Maroon 5's one recorded Christmas song was written by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. What is that song's name?
13. How old was Brenda Lee when she recorded “Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree”?
14. Tom Hanks stars as Santa Claus in “The Polar Express.” What Caldecott-winning children's author wrote the book that the movie is based on?
15. Complete the song lyric: “They never let poor Rudolph ...”
16. The melody of “What Child Is This” is what popular tune?
17. So far, what has been the only Christmas movie nominated for a best picture Oscar?
18. According to “The Night Before Christmas” by Clement C. Moore, how many reindeer did St. Nicholas have?
19. “A Christmas Story” is a 1983 classic. Each Christmas, what television network features 24 hours of continuous play of the movie?
20. “O Holy Night” was translated into English from what language?
21. Who directed “It's a Wonderful Life” starring James Stewart as George Bailey?
22. Who wrote “It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas?”
23. Mel Tormé and Bob Wells wrote “The Christmas Song,” which begins “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire.” Who first recorded it?
24. What is the only Christmas song to win an Oscar?
25. In “The Polar Express,” what did Santa give the boy as the first gift of Christmas?
26. What well-known Christmas song did James Pierpont compose in 1857?
27. Complete the movie line: “You'll shoot ...”
28. What is the name of the town in “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” by Dr. Seuss?
29. “Adeste Fideles” is the original Latin version of what song?
30. Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern starred in the first of what became a holiday movie franchise. What was the title of this first film?
31. Bing Crosby made famous what World War II song by Kim Gannon, Walter Kent and Buck Ram, who wrote it to honor soldiers overseas?
32. Complete the song lyric: “Santa Baby ...”
33. “Do You Hear What I Hear?” includes the lyrics “Pray for peace, people everywhere!” What was happening in the news that made the lyrics especially poignant?
34. Complete the movie line: “I believe ... I believe ... ”
35. What does Jo want to buy herself for Christmas in “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott?
36. Complete the song lyric: “Feliz Navidad. Feliz Navidad. Feliz Navidad. ...”
37. Complete the movie line: “What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store ...”
38. “Scrooged,” a 1988 modern retelling of Charles Dickens' “A Christmas Carol,” stars what actor as Frank Cross, a television executive?
39. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas” and “Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree” were all written by the same person. Who?
40. Complete the movie line: “Every time a bell rings ...”
1. Gene Autry and the Cass County Boys in 1950.
2. The Grinch hated Christmas because his heart was two sizes too small.
3. “The Lemon Drop Kid.”
5. The Nebraska AIDS Project.
6. “Holiday Inn.”
7. Adults don't believe in Santa Claus.
8. “Love, Actually.”
9. “underneath the mistletoe last night” from “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.”
10. 800 A.D.
11. “Meet Me in St. Louis.”
12. “Happy Christmas (War Is Over).”
13. Her voice belied her age of 13.
14. Chris Van Allsburg.
15. “join in any reindeer games” from “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”
17. “Miracle on 34th Street” was nominated in 1947 but lost to “Gentlemen's Agreement.” “Miracle,” about a department store Santa, won Oscars for Best Supporting Actor (Edmund Gwenn), Best Adapted Screenplay (George Seaton) and Best Story (Valentine Davies).
18. The 1823 poem lists eight reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner (also spelled Donder and Dunder) and Blitzen (also spelled Blixem and Blixen). The names of Donder and Blitzen derive from Germanic words for thunder and lightning, respectively.
20. French (Cantique de Noël).
21. Frank Capra.
22. Meredith Wilson composed it while writing “The Music Man.”
23. Nat King Cole was the first African-American singer to introduce an American Christmas standard.
24. “White Christmas” won in 1942 for the movie “Holiday Inn.” Irving Berlin wrote the music and lyrics.
25. The boy received a silver bell from Santa's sleigh.
26. “Jingle Bells,” also called “One-Horse Open Sleigh.”
27. “your eye out, kid!” Santa to Ralphie in “A Christmas Story.”
28. The town is Who-ville.
29. “O Come, All Ye Faithful.”
30. “Home Alone.”
31. “I'll Be Home for Christmas.” Although written about 70 years ago, it remains widely recorded. Hit singles of this song include covers by Frank Sinatra, the Brothers Four, the Carpenters, Barbara Mandrell, Amy Grant and Josh Groban. A version by Brian McKnight reached No. 14 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart in December 2008. A version by Kelly Clarkson peaked at No. 7 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart in December 2012.
32. “Hurry down the chimney tonight” from “Santa Baby.”
33. The Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962.
34. “Even though it's silly, I believe,” said by character Susan Walker in “Miracle on 34th Street.”
35. Jo wanted to buy herself a book.
36. “Prospero año y felicidad” from “Feliz Navidad.”
37. “What if Christmas perhaps means a little bit more,” from “The Grinch.”
38. Bill Murray.
39. Johnny Marks.
40. “An angel gets his wings,” Zuzu tells her father in “It's a Wonderful Life.”
Sources: Aura Sewell of the Omaha Public Library; About.com; MetroLyrics.com; imdb.com; Wiki.answers.com; hymnsandcarolsofchristmas.com
TALLY YOUR POINTS
All 50 correct:
Come on, Santa, you have an unfair advantage.
Every time you sneeze, an angel gets its wings.
You may be an elf, but have you considered dentistry?
No, Jacob Marley is not Bob Marley's grandpa.
That's right. Christmas is on Dec. 25 again.
You're not the Grinch, but you two have hung out.