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More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,

And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;

 

"Now! Dasher, now! Dancer, now! Prancer, and Vixen!

On! Comet, on! Cupid, on! Dunder and Blixem!

To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!

Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"

 

(I always thought his name was blitzen, I have to sneak peeks too Grubby! )

 

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Well, isn't that something! I was looking at places on the net and found that they all said Donner and Blitzen. I came back to say I was wrong then found your link which explains it. Thanks Grubby!

 

I've been gone all day and evening so am kind of slow on questions today. Here's one for you all to think about tonight though.

 

 

When was Christmas first celebrated?

 

a. The year after Jesus was crucified

b. Around 100 AD

c. In the 4th Century

d. 1935

 

 

 

 

 

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Very good ladies!

 

I'm playing bridge this morning and getting a haircut this afternoon so if this gets answered and someone else wants to start something go right ahead.

 

 

 

How did Xmas originate as an abbreviation for Christmas?

 

a. Atheists refused to accept "Christ" as part of the word

b. The early popes were lazy so they tended to shorten everything

c. The Greek word for Christ is Xristos

d. From Latin terminology for any holy day

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You know Dasher, and Dancer, and Prancer, and Vixen, Comet, and Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen, But do you recall? The most famous reindeer of all....

 

 

This isn't a trivia question but some good information!

 

The Twelve Days of Christmas Song, No one seems to know who wrote what seems to be a nonsensical song, but legend has it as being written during the period of time when Roman Catholics in England were not allowed to practice their faith without punishment (which would explain why no one credits themselves for penning it), the song was to help children to remember the tenets of their faith. Many consider this another urban legend though, mainly because everything in the song goes along with both the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church doctrine. And that it seems to have a French origen, not English.

The true love was God Himself.

The me was any baptized person.

The partridge in a pear tree was Christ and may of referred to Matt. 23:37 and Luke 13:34.

The 2 turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments.

3 French hens stood for faith, hope and love. (1 Cor. 13) The Theological Virtues

The 4 calling birds were the 4 gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The Four Evangelists

The 5 golden rings recalled the Torah or law; Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy. The Law or Pentateuch.

The 6 geese a laying were the 6 days of creation.

The 7 swans a swimming were the 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 7:30) The 7 Sacraments.

The 8 maids a milking were the eight Beatitudes. (Matt. 5-6).

The 9 ladies dancing were the 9 truths of the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5).

The 10 Lords a leaping were the 10 Commandments.

The 11 pipers piping were the 11 faithful apostles.

The 12 drummers drumming symbolized the 12 points of belief in the Apostle Creed.

Note: In the original version the first 5 gifts were all birds, 1st day = Partridge, 2nd day = 2 Turtle Doves, 3rd day = 3 French Hens, 4th day = 4 Colly Birds (Blackbirds) not Calling birds, and on the 5th day = 5 Golden Rings (referred to ring-necked pheasants) not jewelry.

 

 

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You can read it and hear it here! The Twelve Days of Christmas

 

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How interesting Buttercup. Amazing, isn't it, how so many things that seem like "fluff" really have meaning behind them. Thanks!

 

 

You're just too smart for me Grubby! It is a trick and here's the question again and then the answer. It was a multiple choice but I didn't put them because I was afraid it was too obvious.

 

 

How many reindeer does Santa Claus have?

 

 

a. Santa has eight reindeer.

b. Santa has nine reindeer.

c. Santa does not have reindeer. They are really caribou.

d. Santa has a whole herd of reindeer-- we only know about his favorite ones.

 

d. is the answer

 

 

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Hey, my sun porch is cold and covered with snow! You guys want to come inside to chat? I got hot egg nog with whipped cream!

 

Buttercup, that was very interesting information. Thanks.

 

Dee, more please, this is really fun!

 

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Ok Mother, here's another for you and everyone. I've found some harder ones since you're all just gettin' too good!

 

 

Good King Wenceslas was king of which country?

 

a. Hungary

b. Bohemia

c. Poland

d. Czechoslovakia

 

Now I'll sit here awhile with you Mother and drink some of that hot egg nog and bring a plate of kringla to go with it. Thanks!

 

 

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Poland would be my guess too.

 

Thanks for bringing the kringla, Dee. I haven't had any of that since my inlaws lived next door to a lady who used to make it every Christmas. I loved it. MmmmmMmmmmm.

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Good King Wenceslas was king of which country?

 

a. Hungary

b. Bohemia

c. Poland

d. Czechoslovakia

 

 

The answer is b. Bohemia

 

 

 

 

Ok, here's the first for today....

 

 

In Tchaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker, the nutcracker's main enemy is:

 

a. A girl named Clara.

b. The King of Mice.

c. Drosselmeyer the Magician.

d. Dr. Almond

 

 

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Yea Grubby!!! B is the answer!

 

 

Next...

 

 

What comes after '8 maids a-milking' in the song 'The 12 Days of Christmas'?

 

a. 9 pipers piping

b. 9 lords a-leaping

c. 9 drummers drumming

d. 9 ladies dancing

 

 

 

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