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Happy Ho Hos and various other non-denominational holiday greetings!

I got an extra special Christmas present this year. Friend of the Pop Quiz (and occasional top-scorer) Todd J sent me an entire quiz, ready to go! Thanks very much to Todd. I hope he doen’t mind that I’m unwrapping it a bit early, to share with you folks.

1) What common holiday object is a “Tannenbaum”, and in what language?
2) Complete this verse from this classic Spanish/English Christmas song: ““Feliz Navidad, Feliz Navidad, Feliz Navidad, _______ ___ _ _________!”
3) Famous Canadians Bob and Doug MacKenzie tried to sing their own version of “Twelve Days of Christmas” on their Great White North album. They didn’t make it. How far did they get, and what would have been the gift for that number?
4) What does the manager of the Chinese restaurant decapitate at the table during the Parker’s Christmas dinner?
5) Jim Henson’s 1977 TV special, “Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas” is a retelling of what American author’s classic Christmas short story?
6) What iconic British Christmas character has been portrayed by non-Brits Jim Carrey, Kelsey Grammer, and George C. Scott? Actual British actors who have played the role include Patrick Stewart and Tim Curry.
7) In the movie Miracle on 34th Street, a little girl waiting in line to see Kris Kringle is nervous because she doesn’t speak English. Of course, since he is the real Santa Claus, he speaks her language fluently. What language is that?
8) Where do they offer the holiday greeting “Mele Kalikimaka”?
9) In what movie were the main characters served a Scandinavian Christmas feast of roast suckling pig, fresh baked kringlors with a honey pecan dipping sauce, seven-day-old lutefisk, and lamb gookins?
10) Which songwriter of Russian-Jewish heritage, along with Bob Wells, composed the now-standard holiday tune “The Christmas Song” in 1945, during a blistering hot summer?

QM Bill

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