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1. B. There’s a sort of makeshift sign for Bailey Park when the Martinis arrive. Pottersville is what Beford Falls becomes without George.

2. D. Aldermen are mentioned in the description of London, the feast at the mayor’s house was described and Scrooge said his nephew talks so much he should run for parliament. There’s no reference to the queen or king. 

3. A. The crew of Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill Anders also read the first chapter of Genesis on Christmas Eve.

4. C. Even the department store Santa told him that.

5. B. The assistant who punishes the bad kids translates as Black Pete, and people complain about the image and because white people play him in blackface.

6. C. Born in the Third Century, Nicholas was bishop of Smyrna, which is in present-day Turkey.

7. B. The line is “Voices singing, let’s be jolly, Deck the Halls with boughs of holly.” There’s no fa-la-la-la, though.

8. C. According to the Gospel of Matthew, they were from the east.

9. A. Legend says they were started by St. Francis of Assisi in the town of Grecchio.

10. D. In “Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives” Pope Benedict said his study of the Gospels convinced him there weren’t any animals hanging around the manger. None are mentioned in the Bible. So it was a much more healthy place to put a swaddled baby, but that would make for a pretty dull Nativity Scene.

11. A The 12 Days start on Dec. 25. Christmas Eve is the last day of Advent.

12 D. It’s not just the best-selling Christmas song, Irving Berlin’s tune is the best-selling single, period.


 0-3 You could be Scrooge before the ghosts visited.

 4-7 You could be Charlie Brown before being drafted to direct the Christmas play.

 8-10 You could be Rudolph as the fog sets in on Christmas Eve.

 11-12 You could be Linus explaining what Christmas is all about.

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