Christmas 2019 Trivia Challenge

For this week's newsletter I extend my best wishes for a festive and/or spiritual Christmas, Hanukkah, Yule, winter solstice, Festivus, Kwanza, or whatever you celebrate. My gift to you is some Christmas trivia! Here are ten of my favorite questions. Enjoy!


  1. What made Frosty the Snowman come to life?
  2. What spy reports to Santa Claus to help him keep track of who has been naughty and nice?
  3. What Christmas staple was originally meant to help us remember the shepherds who visited Jesus in the manger?
  4. Who was Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer's elf companion?
  5. In what holiday movie does Donald Trump make a cameo appearance?
  6. In which country does the advent calendar come from?
  7. Who is the legend of Santa Claus based on?
  8. The song Deck the Halls contains the lyric, "Troll the ancient Yuletide carol." What does Yuletide mean?
  9. What is the modern image of Santa Claus based on?
  10. On what date does the Armenian Apostolic Church celebrate Christmas?


  1. A silk hat
  2. The elf on a shelf
  3. A candy cane, because they are shaped like a shepherd's hook
  4. Hermey
  5. Home Alone 2
  6. Germany
  7. Saint Nicholas, a Greek bishop who was said to be very generous with gifts
  8. Yule/Yuletide is an ancient Norse pagan winter festival lasting about two months. It seems to be have been mainly celebrated in present day Germany. The name "Yule" is attributed to a Norse month by that name. More information
  9. The first known image of Santa Claus is by political cartoonist Thomas Nast, who drew the image for the January 1 issue of Harper's Weekly. (see image below)
  10. January 7