2. Some Christmas songs are carols, and some aren't. Which of these songs IS?
A. Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer
B. Deck the halls with boughs of holly
C. Joy to the world
D. Silent night
3. In Charles Dickens's story A Christmas Carol, how many ghosts haunted Ebenezer Scrooge on Christmas Eve?
4-6. What are the traditional names given to the three Kings (the Magi, or Wise Men)? Pick three.
7. When and Where did St. Nicholas live?
A. 4th Century, Turkey
B. 12th Century, Norway
C. 16th Century, Holland
D. Never, North Pole
8. Advent means:
D. "1/2 Off Sale!"
9. What WAS in those ships all three, on Christmas Day in the morning?
10. Who stole Christmas, in Dr. Seuss's book?
B. The Grinch
C. Professor Moriarty
D. Jack Frost
11-12. What did the angels wish to God and to Men, respectively, on that first Christmas? Hint: "X to God in the highest, and on earth Y, Z to Men." [Y or Z will count]
13-20. Name Santa's eight miniature reindeer, as given in C.C. Moore's poem A Visit From St. Nicholas.
16-20 You can drive the sleigh!
11-15 You get to be an elf.
6-10 Start making Easter eggs.
0-5 Expect a lump of coal.
1. B. Germany. The custom spread into the Anglo-American world from Prince Albert (consort of Queen Victoria), who was from Germany. The Queen's family started many new fashions in this way.
2. B. Deck the halls with boughs of holly. A carol is a folk song (or at least, a song written in folk style), set to a dance meter. "Carol" was originally the name of the dance, not the song. "Rudolph" is a pop song, "Joy to the world" a hymn or psalm paraphrase, and "Silent night" a religious art song. "Deck the halls" is one of many secular carols.
3. Four: Jacob Marley, as well as the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come.
4-6. C. Balthazar. E. Caspar. K. Melchior.
7. A. 4th Century, Turkey. The real St. Nicholas was the Bishop of Myra, who attended the Council of Nicea and helped write the Nicene Creed. He was also rather well-to-do, and very generous. He liked to help people in secret.
8. C. "Coming." Advent is the time to prepare for the Savior's coming.
9. As the carol says, "Our Saviour Christ and his Lady."
10. B. The Grinch.
11-12. X = Glory; Y, Z = Peace, Goodwill.
13-20. Dasher; Dancer; Prancer; Vixen; Comet; Cupid; Donner; Blitzen.