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December Fun!

Postby Richard + Jela » Tue Dec 02, 2008 2:29 am

As we are now on countdown towards Christmas and New Year, I thought that it would be fun to set up a rolling question, to last through the month. The idea is that I'll post first and then the person who answers, posts the next and so on. Let's see if we can keep it going until the 31st December.

The questions can be anything to do with the holiday season and you can pose a specific quiz type question or seek preferences. Here goes......

In Tchiakovsky’s ballet ‘The Nutcracker’ who is the Nutcraker’s main enemy?



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Re: December Fun!

Postby wendy » Tue Dec 02, 2008 8:29 am

Another fun one... thanks Jela!

The Rat King is the Nutcracker's main enemy, I think...

Next question:
What's the occupation of the elf who befriends Rudolf (in the old TV cartoon show)?

extra credit: what is the elf's name?
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Re: December Fun!

Postby paddyinthepub » Tue Dec 02, 2008 9:04 am

never before coffee

:lol:

Thanks Jela!
Thanks Wendy!
Thanks alot!

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Postby KarenZ » Tue Dec 02, 2008 9:34 am

Do we assume the answers given are correct unless the person who posed the question says otherwise?

Wow....these are difficult...... :oops:

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Re: December Fun!

Postby paddyinthepub » Tue Dec 02, 2008 9:49 am

....and I thought Alex Trebek asked tough questions!!! :D

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Alex Trebek on wikipedia
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Re: December Fun!

Postby bonuela » Tue Dec 02, 2008 3:03 pm

Hermey the Misfit Elf prefers to study dentistry. * thanks Wikipedia!! :P

What it the number one, most common gift exchanged amongst my people at Chanukkah?

Hint: Not a big favorite with the kids as they are functional rather than fun.
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Re: December Fun!

Postby paddyinthepub » Tue Dec 02, 2008 10:23 pm

Going out on a limb here, Alex, uh, Bonnie. :lol:

What are socks?

:oops:
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Re: December Fun!

Postby Patti » Tue Dec 02, 2008 11:08 pm

hmm.. I was thinking money or gift cards??$$

though that would seem more "modern"??
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Re: December Fun!

Postby paddyinthepub » Tue Dec 02, 2008 11:12 pm

buzzer sounds.......aaaaaaaaank!!! :lol:

Alex: No, sorry......what is winter wear? Gloves, mittens, scarves, wool caps.

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Re: December Fun!

Postby AndaleOrbea » Tue Dec 02, 2008 11:13 pm

You guys and gals are cracking me up...

And where do you get these questions? I'm afraid to guess an answer for fear I will have to come up with an extremely thought-provoking question and it's making my head hurt just think about that!

Love you guys and gals.
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Postby paddyinthepub » Wed Dec 03, 2008 12:17 am

I'm with you Dino.....the first 2 out of the box were tough ones......but fun nonetheless!!!

If I ever guess one of the answers I got a doozy planned..... :lol:

Only kidding of course......I'll try to tax the gray matter a bit less...... :D

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Postby KarenZ » Wed Dec 03, 2008 7:16 am

Folks,

I'm glad you're having fun, but I *think* what Jela intended (correct me if I'm wrong Jela) is that if you KNOW an answer you reply and toss out another question. That way it's like a game of tag. :)

So....if someone knows the most common gift exchanged at Hanukkah, please let us know! (Wikipedia didn't help me.) :oops:

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Postby Richard + Jela » Wed Dec 03, 2008 7:51 am

Bonnie - this is my guess and I'll probably be showing my ignorance here but as the festival is to do with lights are candles the answer????

....but thinking about it, I suppose you wouldn't neccessarily give candles to children though???

Still, candles are my best guess.

Karen, you're right in terms of the 'rules' but I 'spect that there will be questions posed that create some debate and it's fun to see what people sometimes come up with. I hope that no-one is going to be put off by the thought that they need to post a question, after the have answered the previous one correctly as the question can be about anything at all related to the holiday season.

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Re: December Fun!

Postby Patti » Wed Dec 03, 2008 10:32 am

Bonnie, I have 3 guesses; menorah, dreidel or gelt.

I also have a question!

What folk singer "appears" in a classic Christmas cartoon?
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Postby KarenZ » Wed Dec 03, 2008 10:51 am

Bonnie,

Can you give us a clue? :)

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What it the number one, most common gift exchanged amongst my people at Chanukkah?

Hint: Not a big favorite with the kids as they are functional rather than fun.
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Postby bonuela » Wed Dec 03, 2008 11:30 am

paddyinthepub wrote:Going out on a limb here, Alex, uh, Bonnie. :lol:

What are socks?

:oops:


We have a winner!!!

When you have 8 nights of gifts, some of them need to be practical. :lol:

I still get socks every year.
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Postby paddyinthepub » Wed Dec 03, 2008 12:05 pm

Bonnie,

OMG!!! What a memory I possess!!! :shock: :lol:

I think I learned about the socks from you here on the forum from holiday's past.... 8)

It occured to me last night there might have been some envy going on when the 12 days of Christmas was written. Was it an attempt to outdo the 8 nights of the Menora? Not sure there's anything to that. But that's not my question. Let's see, I said I'd have a doozy! Patti's is a good one, the folk singer in a cartoon.

I'm going to keep it simple, and not pose a new one, til we get this one answered. :D

I know Burl Ive's might be the voice of that cartoon....

Hmmn......is it, Pete Seeger singing "If I Had a Hammer"

That's my best recollection.......I can almost picture the folk singer now in that toon!!!

Big fun, guys and gals......have a great day!
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Re: December Fun!

Postby Patti » Wed Dec 03, 2008 12:55 pm

Paddy you are 2 for 2!! I was thinking of Burl Ives'....

I always thought the snowman that represented him in Rudolph looked just like him...
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Postby paddyinthepub » Wed Dec 03, 2008 1:27 pm

wow..... :shock:

I'm thinking game show!!! :D

Okay, here goes:

Ellis' story around the holidays involves his family's tradition of shopping and xmas tree hunting on Black Friday. Now, I have no idea why a song popped into my head here, (actually I do) but it did.

Name the band that had quite the career in the 70's, 80's and 90's.....that had a song with the line:

When Black Friday Comes...........

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Re: December Fun!

Postby KarenZ » Wed Dec 03, 2008 1:42 pm

I know! I know! I know! :D

Steely Dan!

(I must confess......credit goes to Google.) ;)

OK.....here's my question...

Who are both the male and female stars of the holiday classic It's a Wonderful Life? :)

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Re: December Fun!

Postby paddyinthepub » Wed Dec 03, 2008 1:49 pm

Way to go, Karen!!! :D

I went to google, too, to make sure I had the lyric right. For some reason it seemed odd that Steely Dan would have a song about the day after Thanksgiving and going shopping. :shock: Sure enough, xmas plays no part in the song. It's more along the lines of the economy and stock market downturn. Appropos!

Coincidentally, Karen, a good friend of my wife's just went to a special screening of "It's a Wonderful Life" in Cleveland, Ohio, and got to meet and take a picture with the woman who played the little girl in the movie. :D

I've lost her name in the movie and in real life, but thought that was cool! 8)

I can only come up with one name right now, so I'll let whoever has both actors in mind answer this one!
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Re: December Fun!

Postby TallManinOregon » Wed Dec 03, 2008 2:56 pm

The two lead actors are of course Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed...

A trivia question from me will need to wait a minute or ten... I'll come up with something!

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Re: December Fun!

Postby TallManinOregon » Wed Dec 03, 2008 3:02 pm

Okay... I have it...

Just to continue the running theme, AND NO Googling or IMDB'ing for the answer!

Last night I watched the holiday classic "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" with my kids... You know, the one with Burger Meister Meister-Burger...

Two very well known old-school celebrity entertainers provided the voices for the narrator (the Mail Man) and for Chris Kringle (Santa)... Who were the voice actors in Santa Claus is Coming to Town?

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Postby KarenZ » Wed Dec 03, 2008 3:23 pm

Hi TallMan. It's been awhile since we've seen you 'round these parts so welcome back. :)

Whaddya mean no Googling? *Wail* *Moan* :cry:

I knew I shouldn't have confessed to having help! :D

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Postby Patti » Wed Dec 03, 2008 7:12 pm

Can we ask our kids or do we have to watch the DVD's ourselves. :?:

I know the mail man, but can't think of Kris Kringle..hmm..

get back to you on that...
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Re: December Fun!

Postby paddyinthepub » Wed Dec 03, 2008 7:58 pm

One of the old school entertainers has found a place in an Ellis Paul song.

Believe it or not!!!

8)
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Re: December Fun!

Postby Patti » Wed Dec 03, 2008 8:11 pm

Paddy that's the one I know :D

Can we shout out from a cab!! Iit's kind of like a life line but on Cash Cab a show on Discovery Channel, you ask a stranger on the street!!..

( the host kind of scares me, in a Robert DiNiro kind of way)...
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Re: December Fun!

Postby paddyinthepub » Wed Dec 03, 2008 8:16 pm

are you talkin to me?

:shock:


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Re: December Fun!

Postby Richard + Jela » Thu Dec 04, 2008 4:58 pm

.....mmm Santa Claus is Coming to Town.....I've seen a cast list but don't know who plays who so with clues already given, one is Fred Astaire and is the other Mickey Rooney???


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Re: December Fun!

Postby TallManinOregon » Thu Dec 04, 2008 7:10 pm

Yeah!

We have a winner...

Richard + Jela... the next question is all yours!

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Re: December Fun!

Postby Patti » Thu Dec 04, 2008 11:58 pm

I was trying to find some "trivia" question relating to topic of 12 Days of Christmas but upon researching the origin, I only found out there are confliciting stories.. so lets just go with..

Can anyone name the items in the "12 Days of Christmas" without looking it up???

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Postby Richard + Jela » Fri Dec 05, 2008 1:50 am

Patti - since you jumped in here with a question that is on a similar theme '12 days of Christmas' to the one I was going to ask next I have the answer but only because my Advent Calendar this year is a '12 days of Christmas' themed one:

2 Turtle Doves
3 French Hens
4 Calling Birds
5 Gold Rings
6 Geese-a-laying
7 Swans a-swimming
8 Maids a-milking
9 Ladies dancing
10 Lords a-leaping
11 Pipers piping
12 Drummers drumming


So my question to the board is - what item/feature did your Advent Calendar reveal today?

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Postby KarenZ » Fri Dec 05, 2008 7:58 am

Answer: a wreath

Question: Where does Santa live?

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Re: December Fun!

Postby paddyinthepub » Fri Dec 05, 2008 8:55 am

Santa lives at the North Pole................of course!

What Joni Mitchell song starts with the line:

It's coming on Christmas, they're cutting down the trees
Putting up reindeer, singing songs of joy and peace

:?:

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Postby KarenZ » Fri Dec 05, 2008 9:24 am

Answer: River (I love that song!) :)

Question: How many candles are on a Hanukkah menorah?

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Postby paddyinthepub » Fri Dec 05, 2008 9:51 am

Now ordinarily I'd say 8 candles but that would be the obvious answer........

Is it nine candles.....one used to the light the other 8 candles of the menora?

:oops:
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Re: December Fun!

Postby bonuela » Fri Dec 05, 2008 9:58 am

I posted a reply, but ::poof:: it's gone. :x

I will try again.

I know I know!! :mrgreen:

Nine. One for each night and the Shamash. That is the one used to light the others.

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Postby KarenZ » Fri Dec 05, 2008 10:04 am

Answer: Day

Question: Who wrote the song "White Christmas"?

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Re: December Fun!

Postby paddyinthepub » Fri Dec 05, 2008 10:06 am

patience is a virtue.........Christmas Day! :)

Bing Crosby

Oh...the pressure is on!!! :shock:

Let's see........

Are you still able to maintain the Christmas spirit depsite the comercialism of the holiday? How so?
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Re: December Fun!

Postby Richard + Jela » Fri Dec 05, 2008 2:52 pm

By drinking champagne!!!

Does that count as a correct answer?

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Postby paddyinthepub » Fri Dec 05, 2008 3:33 pm

raise a glass...lift a chalice...welcome to Richard and Jela's Christmas champagne palace!!! :D

Hec yeah, that counts!!!

The floor is yours, Jela......not the drinking too much champagne floor, mind you!! :shock:

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Re: December Fun!

Postby Richard + Jela » Fri Dec 05, 2008 4:18 pm

Hic! thanks Paddy -

Question: Who or what do you look forward to at Christmas?


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Re: December Fun!

Postby Patti » Fri Dec 05, 2008 10:03 pm

Answers : Christmas Eve with extended family
Christmas Day with immediate family

Keeping the spirit with kids is easy....charity projects with school, CCD, scouts etc... keep it in mind... they are allowed to ask for 3 gifts, the same number the wise men brought to Jesus.....

look forward to listening to my 3 favorite Chrismas albums...

Signature Sound. Wonderland * I think you can still get a free copy of this CD with any signature sound purchase..*

Little Proffessor's Bookstore Christmas


Groovelily Striking 12.... ( really a New Year's Eve album)
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Re: December Fun!

Postby paddyinthepub » Sat Dec 06, 2008 12:12 am

I'll toss out the next question and just say: Patti, you owe me one!!! :P

Door to door caroling seems to be on the decline....a lost art if you will. :(

My question is a 3-parter and revolves around caroling.......Did you ever go out and sing door to door?
Do kids still stop by and sing for you? Is there a community event that helps you bring in the holidays?

We did go door to door as kids......and based on my singing voice today, my neighbors are lucky I stopped! :P

Our neighboorhood goes all out for Christmas.....it's a beautiful thing. Lights and wreaths and such. To top it off on Christmas Eve everyone lights tea candles inside sand bag luminaries and lines the sidewalks in front of their homes with them. It's a beautiful thing, I'm told. One year I'll stay home for the holidays and see for myself. Our neighbors cover for us and set them out for us..... lest we look like The Three Scrooges!!! :lol:
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Re: December Fun!

Postby Patti » Sun Dec 07, 2008 9:31 am

thanks Paddy

I go to a friends Christmas party annually and she hires a 3 piece band, a french horn, a trumpet and flute to play on her front lawn for a while and people go outside and join them, it is very entertaining.. A few little girls on my street (Lindsay included) have gone around and sang caroles for the neighbors.. and Lindsay just told me her classs is going to go around and sing to other classes at her school.(the singers will be outside and the classrooms will open their windows)


We will put our tree up next weekend.. and we don't put presents under it until a day or two before. Until then I put our favorite Christmas story books under the tree and read one every night before going to bed.. most of the books are little Golden Books and very quick reads... My girls still like to do this even though they are "much" older now :D They each have their favorite and my favorite book is one I had as a kid too,... Santa Mouse...

So my question is do you have a favorite Christmas story or book that you pull out every year?

An inch or 2 of snow this morning is helping to get in the Christmas mood :)...

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Re: December Fun!

Postby Richard + Jela » Tue Dec 09, 2008 3:40 pm

Patti - I love the idea of books under the tree - I don't have a favourite Christmas book or story but in the book group I belong to we always try to pick a read for December that has a Christmas theme.

One year we read 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' as we wanted to read a children's book and it was around the time that the 'Narnia' film came out. Last year it was Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' and this year it's a ghost story ' The Woman in Black'

Speaking of ghosts, Question: What the name of Scrooge's former business partner who appears in 'A Christmas Carol' as a ghost?

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Re: December Fun!

Postby KarenZ » Tue Dec 09, 2008 3:48 pm

Answer: Jacob Marley! :)

Question: Who wrote the classic Christmas song "White Christmas"?

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Re: December Fun!

Postby Richard + Jela » Tue Dec 09, 2008 3:58 pm

Answer: Irving Berlin

Question: What's sitting atop your Christmas Tree this year?

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Re: December Fun!

Postby AndaleOrbea » Sat Dec 13, 2008 3:37 am

Whew an easy one! Thanks Jela!

Answer: A beautiful star.

Question: What Christmas movie celebrates it's 25th year yhis year? 8) Hint: see an earlier discussion board post started last year :wink:

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Re: December Fun!

Postby PotatoPicker » Sat Dec 13, 2008 9:45 pm

This is my LEAST favorite Christmas Movie....

Answer: A Christmas Story

Now from one of my favorite Christmas movies....

Question: In "A Charlie Brown Christmas", what song does Lucy request Schroeder play for her since she is "such a pretty girl who deserves lots of presents" ?
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