Yuletide trivia quiz

(Answers at the end of the post)

1. What holiday song has sold themost copies (in single and albumform) 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 ofChristmas," how many lords a-leapingare there?

A. 11. They refuse to be outdone bythe 12 pipers piping.

B. 9. But only because the 10th gota run in his tights.

C. 10. Lords only leap in evennumbers, naturally.

D. None. Leaping is far too undignified,thankyouverymuch.

3. Which of Santa's nine reindeershares his name with a former presidentialcandidate?

A. Vixen

B. Rudolph

C. Prancer

D. Dasher

4. Name the four ghosts in CharlesDickens' "A Christmas Carol."

A. Brad Pitt, Elvis, Bruce Willisand Casper

B. Ebenezer Scrooge, the GratefulDead, Christmas Past and the Houndof the Baskervilles

C. The creepy little girl from "TheRing," the Canterville Ghost, Hamlet'sFather and Ghost Rider

D. Christmas Past, ChristmasPresent, Christmas Yet to Come andJacob Marley

5. Which two states had the highestrevenues in Christmas tree sales in2006?

A. Alaska and Washington

B. Oregon and Washington

C. Oregon and North Carolina

D. Rhode Island and Hawaii

6. About how many candycanes are produced in theUnited States in a year?

A. None, silly. They're producedat the North Pole.

B. It depends: How many elephantscan 11 elves eat, if an elfeven could eat an elephant?

C. Between 20,000 and50,000, not including the oneswith green stripes only.

D. Almost 2 billion.

7. In the original version of the song"Frosty the Snowman," recorded byGene Autry and the Cass County Boysin 1950, what was Frosty's nose madeof?

A. A button

B. A carrot

C. An icicle

D. None of the above. He wore apair of those disguise glasses with anose and mustache attached.

8. What winter-themed song wasthe 25-millionth download fromApple's music Web site, iTunes, inDecember 2003?

A. Alvin and the Chipmunk's"Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree,"from their 1994 album, "A Very MerryChipmunk"

B. Comedian Adam Sandler's "TheHanukkah Song"

C. Frank Sinatra's version of "Let itSnow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow"

D. Twisted Sister's heavy-metal versionof "Silver Bells" from their 2006"Twisted Christmas" album

9. In the 1946 film "It's aWonderful Life," what is the name ofthe 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 InternationalBartenders Association, what shouldbe mixed with eggnog?

A. Warm chocolate chip cookies

B. Vodka, as a tribute to its Russianheritage

C. Brandy

D. Chesnuts and an open fire

11. Taking into account time-zonechanges, how many hours does SantaClaus have to deliver his gifts all theway around the world?

A. Well, if Santa covers "x" distance(in kilometers) over the course of"h" hours of nighttime, taking intoaccount the variable magical elvinpowers, then ... uh ... can someonepass the eggnog?

B. Santa does not concern himselfwith such trivialities.

C. Well, in some places — such asGermany — Santa delivers his gifts onDec. 6, so this is a trick question.

D. If Santa were to begin onChristmas Eve on the west side of theinternational date line and head west,he would have about 36 hours to deliverhis gifts before dawn on Dec. 25.

12. In Dr. Seuss' 1957 children'sbook, "How the Grinch StoleChristmas," the Grinch steals all thepresents from a place called Whoville.Where does the Grinch live?

A. Mount Crumpit

B. His Emerald Castle in Groz

C. Bah-Humbugopolis

D. In that incredibly cavernoustrash bin with fellow green grump,Oscar the Grouch

13. In Peter Tchaikovsky's fantasy-ballet, "The Nutcracker," the heroineClara helps the Nutcracker bythrowing what at the Mouse King?

A. An old banana

B. Her slipper

C. A fruitcake

D. A Yule log

14. There are two towns in theUnited States named "Santa Claus."Where are they?

A. Indiana and Georgia.

B. Both are in Alaska. Hel-lo.Otherwise we would have found theelves' workshops by now.

C. Both are in California. Thosecrazy Hollywood types are always givingthings funny names. Towns ... children...

D. Wisconsin and Minnesota.

15. In the popular song, "Dreidel,Dreidel, Dreidel," what is the foursidedtoy that children play with atHanukkah made out of?

A. Whittled wood

B. Delicious, delicious latke

C. Clay

D. Lead paint, imported from China


1. A. Irving Berlin's "White Christmas," first recordedby Bing Crosby in 1942.

2. C. There are 12 drummers drumming, 11 pipers piping,10 lords a-leaping, nine ladies dancing, eight maidsa-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 peartree.

3. B. Rudolph "Rudy" Giuliani ran for (but did not win)the 2008 Republican nomination for president. Perhaps acandidate named Prancer Claus might have faired better.

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

5. C. North Carolina sold $134 million worth andOregon sold $121 million worth in 2006. ArtificialChristmas trees have been outselling the real deal for thepast 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 PatrickMacDonald: "Frank lives on!"

9. D. The other answers are from "National Lampoon'sChristmas Vacation," "Miracle on 34th Street" and"Home Alone," respectively.

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

11. B and D.

12. A.

13. B. But I suppose a fruitcake would have worked aswell.

14. A.

15. C. Here's the chorus: "Oh, dreidel, dreidel, dreidel/Imade it out of clay/Oh, dreidel, dreidel, dreidel/Nowdreidel we shall play!"