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CHRISTMAS TRIVIA VIII

71) Which famous scientist was born on Christmas Day?


Sir Isaac Newton was born according to the Julian calendar (in use in England at the time) on Christmas Day, December 25, 1642.

72) According to the 1964 TV special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, who is Rudolph's father?


Rudolph's father, Santa's lead reindeer Donner, feels ashamed after Santa Claus tells him that he won't allow Rudolph to be in the sleigh team with his nose ("Jingle Jingle Jingle"). Donner uses a special cover to hide Rudolph's nose so he can send Rudolph to the Reindeer Games.

73) What year was Christmas first celebrated on December 25th?


The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine (he was the first Christian Roman Emperor). A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on the 25th of December.

74) Who is George Bailey's guardian angel in It's a Wonderful Life?


George Bailey's imminent suicide on Christmas Eve brings about the intervention of his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody. Clarence shows George all the lives he has touched and how different life in his community of Bedford Falls would be had he never been born.

75) Which famous singer died on Christmas Day?


In 1995, Rat Pack member Dean Martin died on Christmas Day, at the age of 78. The Godfather of Soul, James Brown, died on Christmas Day, 2006. He was 73 years old and had been hospitalized for pneumonia. Actress, singer and comedian Eartha Kitt died of colon cancer on Christmas Day in 2008.

76) Which historic event happened on Christmas Day?


In one of the most famous and decisive moments of the American Revolution, General George Washington led his army across the Delaware River to Trenton, New Jersey, with the password "Victory or Death." In the evening of December 25, 1776, they captured 1,000 Hessian soldiers in a surprise attack that raised morale in Washington's troops and turned the tide of the war.

77) Where did Mary and Joseph go after leaving Bethlehem?


The flight into Egypt is a biblical event described in the Gospel of Matthew (Matthew 2:13-23). Soon after the visit by the Magi, who had learned that King Herod intended to kill the infants of that area, an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream to tell him to flee to Egypt with Mary and his infant son Jesus.

78) In Spain, it is a tradition to eat what at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve?


It is rare to find a Spaniard who will risk poisoning their fate for the coming year by skipping the New Year's Eve grapes, one for each stroke of midnight.

79) What ornament is traditionally placed on top of a Christmas tree?


Angels usually appear on top of Christmas trees, representing their role in the holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus.

80) Who was the star of the Christmas movie Jingle All the Way?


The plot of Jingle All the Way focuses on two rival fathers, workaholic Howard Langston (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and stressed out postal worker Myron Larabee (Sinbad), both desperately trying to get a Turbo-Man action figure for their respective sons on a last minute shopping spree on Christmas Eve.

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