Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas Quiz Part II

Growing up in the sixties and seventies, Christmas began right after Thanksgiving with the showing of "Santa and the Three Bears" and the "Santa Claus, Hollywood Lane Parade".  These two Thanksgiving Christmas traditions marked the the beginning of my needing to "be good" in preparation for Santa. The next few weeks leading up to Christmas would be marked by the Christmas Holiday shows by Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass, including "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer", "Santa Claus is Coming to Town", and "The Year Without a Santa Claus".   These shows helped to mark off the days leading up to Christmas when we would gather as a family and watch other holiday classics, such as "It's a Wonderful Life" and "Miracle on 34th Street".

These shows no longer have the magic for kids today that they once held for my sisters and I.  With the advent of DVD sets, cable repeats during the 25 Days, 30 Days, No I mean 40 Days of Christmas, TIVO, DVRs, You Tube, etc. etc. etc. Kids today can watch these shows anytime they want, 24/7/365.  But, sadly most of them do not.  Most of the students today, may have seen them once or twice, if at all.  Sure the animation is odd and unrefined. The stop-action techniques make the movements awkward. And the songs and jokes are corny.  But these Holiday classics will always bring fond memories of the anticipation of Christmas.  The feeling of putting differences aside to sit with my sisters and lose ourselves in the simplicity of the Holiday Message brought through these holiday gems. 

I must admit that my wife and I still enjoy watching each of these very special shows throughout the holiday season. 

So, in honor of the feelings of Christmas brought to life by these still special T.V. Classics, I further test my students in the Holiday Season with Christmas Quiz Part II.  The majority of these questions come from these shows with some general holiday knowledge at the end.  I am sure that many of you could come up with hundreds of more questions involving "Christmas in Connecticut", "Holiday Inn", "White Christmas" or "The Bishop's Wife".  A few years back, I did succumb to the pressure of my students and included a few questions from "A Christmas Story". I still question this, but it is on the quiz, and my students seem to appreciate it.    

Feel free to copy and paste for your classroom needs.  

The following questions refer to the holiday classics
Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer
1. Who is the miner who helps Rudolph?
2. What does Rudolph’s elf friend want to be?
3. What is the elf’s name?
4. What is the name of Rudolph’s female deer friend?
5. How does the miner survive when he falls off the cliff with the abominable snowman?

Santa Claus is Coming to Town.
6. What animal befriends Kris when he first sets out on his own?
7. What is the name of the town that banishes toys?
8. What is the name of the governing family of that town?
9. What toy does Kris give the mayor of the town?
10. What is Santa’s wife’s name?

It’s a Wonderful Life
11. What town does Harry Bailey live in?
12. What does George wish for everytime he enters the pharmacy? 
13. What does Harry promise to do for Mary after the dance? 
14. What is the name of Harry Bailey’s guardian Angel?
15. What happens when a bell rings?
16. What does Harry Bailey find in his pocket that lets him know he is alive again?  

Miracle on
34th Street
17. Where does Kris work?
18. What does Kris gets stuck in his beard?
19. The district attorney’s son wants a real genuine __________ for Christmas?
20. What department of the government proves Kris is Santa Claus?
21. What does Kris leaves behind in the house to let them know he was there?

A Charlie Brown Christmas
22. What kind of tree does Lucy want?
23. What does Snoopy win an award for?
24. Who explains the story of Christmas?

A Christmas Story
25. What does Ralphie want for Christmas?
26. What ungodly prize does Mr. Parker win?
27. What happens to the kid who was ‘triple dog dared’?
28. What does the teacher write on Ralphie’s essay?
29. What is the name of the bully that Ralphie takes down?

Frosty the Snowman
30. What is the Magician’s name?
31. What are Frosty’s eyes made of?
32. Who is the little girl that travels with Frosty to the North Pole?
33. What what is the refridgerated box car that they travel in, loaded with?

From the Grinch Who Stole Christmas.
34. Who stole Christmas ?
35. Who asks him for a drink of water?
36. What is his dogs name?
37. What mountain does he live on?
The following questions are just general Christmas knowledge.

38. What is all “I” want for Christmas?
39. What are the gifts of the  twelve days of Christmas?
40. How do you say “Merry Christmas” three languages?
41. What are three different names for Santa Claus?
42. What does Alvin want for Christmas?
43. When do Eastern Christians celebrate Christmas?
44. What is the journey of Mary and Joseph reenacted through?

May you have a restful and safe holiday season!

1.     Yukon Cornelius
2.     A dentist
3.     Hermie
4.     Clarise
5.     Because Bumbles bounce
6.     A penguin (In the North Pole?)
7.     Somber Town
8.     Burgermeister Meisterburger
9.     A Yo Yo
10.     Jessica
11.     Bedford Falls
12.     Lasso the moon
13.   A million dollars
14.     Clarence
15.     An angel gets their wings
16.     His daughter Zuzu’s flower petals
17.     Macy’s
18.     Bubble gum
19.     Football helmet
20.     Postal Service
21.     His cane
22.     A shiny pink aluminum tree
23.     Decorating his dog house
24.     Linus
25.     A Red Ryder BB gun
26.     A leg lamp
27.     He stuck his tongue to the basketball pole
28.     You’ll shoot your eye out
29.     Scut Farkus
30.     Professor Hinckle
31.     Coal
32.     Karen
33.   Christmas Cakes and Pies
34.   The Grinch
35.   Cindy Lou Who, who was no more than two
36.   Max
37.   Mount Crumpet
38.     My two front teeth
39.     The Twelve Days of Christmas
a.        12 Drummers Drumming
b.       11 Pipers Piping
c.        10 Lords A Leaping
d.       9 Ladies Dancing
e.        8 Maids A Milking
f.         7 Swans A Swimming
g.       6 Geese A Laying
h.       5 Golden Rings
i.         4 Calling Birds
j.         3 French Hens
k.        2 Turtle Doves
l.         And a  Partridge in a Pear Tree
40.     Merry Christmas, Mele Kalikimaka, Joyeux Noel, God Jul, Feliz Navidad, etc…
41.     Sinterklaus, Kris Kringle, Father Christmas, Babbo Natale, , Pere Noel, Kanakaloka etc…
42.     A Harmonica
43.     January 6th – The Day the Kings Arrive
44.   La Posada

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