Episode 181

A Very KnowNo Christmas


December 20th, 2021

1 hr 8 mins 20 secs

Season 1

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About this Episode

Quizmasters Lee and Marc welcome Jamie for a general knowledge holiday quiz on topics surrounding Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and other aspects of the holiday season!

Round One

  • CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS - The Christmas tree was first popularised in 19th-century England under which Queen?
  • KWANZAA - How many candles are used to celebrate Kwanzaa?
  • HOLIDAY SYMBOLS - Ilex aquifolium is the scientific name of what symbol of the holiday season?
  • CHRISTMAS SONGS - What Christmastime song about having a carefree day in the snow was originally written in the 1930's as a poem by a young man named Richard Smith who was suffering from and ultimately succumbed to tuberculosis?
  • NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION - In what year was National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation released?
  • NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION - May Questial, who played Aunt Bethany in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, was the voice of which iconic cartoon character?

Round Two

  • HANUKKAH CELEBRATIONS - In which two boroughs in New York City would you find the largest Hanukkiahs in the world?
  • CHRISTMAS TREATS - Emerging in America by way of Pennsylvania German immigrants, what holiday treat’s popularity first arose in the early 1800’s and was inspired by a well-known Grimm’s Fairy Tale?
  • JAPANESE CHRISTMAS - What Western fast food chain offers Japanese customers a full-fledged Christmas dinner, a massively popular culinary tradition for the last 30 years?
  • CHRISTMAS DRINKS - What holiday drink’s name originated from the Old Norse for "be in good health"?
  • THE GRINCH - The Grinch lives in a cave on top of which mountain that overlooks Whoville and shares its name with a British type of bread?
  • CHRISTMAS MOVIES - In the popular holiday movie A Christmas Story, what is the name of the neighbor family that owns 785 smelly hound dogs (much to the chagrin of Ralphie's father?
  • CHRISTMAS SONGS - What popular Christmas song, released in 1952, was condemned and banned by the archdiocese of Boston and the Catholic Church at large for promoting adultery?

Final Questions

  • CHRISTMAS CAROLS - What 19th century Christmas carol's author was unknown and often misattributed to Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven until 1995 when an 1820 manuscript was discovered written in author Joseph Mohr's own handwriting?
  • CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY - What President, the 18th, was the first person to make Christmas a federal holiday?

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