December 11th, 2009


Family Update

Just a couple of pictures today. The first was taken earlier this week of Sassafras enjoying the fireplace. The second was taken earlier today after Deanne's graduation from Asbury. I have no recent picture of the third lady in my life (daughter Anna), but hear she's doing well in her first trimester of pregnancy.

Cozy canine Cozy canine
Sassy loves the gas log in our fireplace.
Two of a kind Two of a kind
Fellow M.A.s John Wesley (Oxford, 1726) and Deanne Collins (Asbury, 2009)

xmas cats

So, you think you know Christmas

Christmas Quiz

1. Christmas trees are a custom that originated in _______

A. Iceland B. Germany C. Italy D. Russia

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, the Wise Men)? Pick three.

A. Alberich E. Caspar I. Julius

B. Aloysius F. Denethor J. Lazarus

C. Balthazar G. Earendil K. Melchior

D. Caractacus H. Jabez L. Melchizedek

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 _______

A. “Preparing” B. “Opening” C. “Coming” 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. Suess’s book? _______

A. Satan B. The Grinch C. Prof. 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 for #12.)

13-20. Name Santa’s eight miniature reindeer, as given in C. C.

Moore’s poem, “A Visit From St. Nicholas.” _________________

Scoring: 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.

Answers in the next post.