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Saint Nicholas: The REAL Story
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This misfit elf wanted to leave the high-stress world of making toys and singing practice to become something the North Pole had never seen before: A Dentist !

Who is Hermey ?

100

This European country is said to be responsible for the tradition of decorating trees, but no one is sure when they starting bringing them indoors.

What is Germany ?

100

A rather expensive present to give someone after just 5 days, but in "The 12 Days of Christmas", the lyrics call for just that number of these items.

What are Golden Rings ?

100

Sorry Mr. Berlin, but your Oscar-winning song is incorrect, as snow is actually translucent, not this color.

What is white ?

100

While not having much to do with his alter-ego, Saint Nicholas was a bishop in the district of Lyra, in the country of Asia Minor, know called the same name as this holiday main course. 

What is Türkiye ?

200

The child singers in this classic animated TV special were only paid $5.00 each for each recording session, but their voices made "Christmastime is Here" a seminal hit.

What is "A Charlie Brown Christmas" ?

200

This farm animal takes center stage during the holidays in Sweden, as the national sculpture of it stands 42 feet tall and weighs in at 3.6 tons. Just be sure to watch those horns !

What is a Goat ?

200

Early country music star Gene Autry originally rejected doing this song about a then unknown creature with a very unique nose, but his wife convinced him to record it as a B-Side. 

What is "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" ?

200

Many animals have wintery sounding names, like the Snowy Owl, Snowshoe Hare, and this big cat that makes it home in the chilly mountains of Eurasia. 

What is a Snow Leopard ?

200

Nicholas is not only the patron saint of children, he is also the protector of these people who choose to make their living on the open ocean. 

What are sailors ?

300

The yuletide trials and tribulations recalled by a young Ralphie Parker in "A Christmas Story" was supposedly the inspiration for this ABC sitcom that ran from 1988 to 1993. I wonder if Kevin Arnold would've wanted a football ?

What is "The Wonder Years" ? 

300

Some say that Mr. Sanders bears a likeness to Mr. Claus, especially in this Asian country, where KFC is a popular choice for Christmas dinner. 

What is Japan ?

300

Among the many items that Eartha Kitt asked for in her hit "Santa Baby", this one may require some digging to get to, but laying claim to it first is the place to start. 

What is a Platinum Mine ?

300

There are actually three kinds of frozen precipitation, which is what snow is: sleet, hail, and this third kind, also called "soft hail". 

What is graupel ?

300

Saint Nicholas became associated with performing various miracles, such as one involving reviving three young boys from the dead after a cruel man, who was of this profession of dealing with meat and sharp objects, chopped them into pieces and stuffed them into barrels. Grizzly !

What is a butcher ?

400

An animated Jimmy Durante called this soon-to-be villain, "just about the worst magician in the world", but we do have his hat to thank for bringing Frosty to life in the 1969 TV Special. 

Who is Professor Hinkel ?

400

Many places have a warm and sunny Christmas, such as this Pacific nation, where the blooming of the Pohutukawa means that the holidays have arrived. 

What is New Zealand ?

400

To the joy or hatred of many, this holiday earworm was released unto the world in 1994, following on the heals of Endless Love, the album she made just the year before. 

What is "All I Want For Christmas Is You" ?

400

At 11.38 tons, this record holder for the worlds largest one of these frozen treats was made in 2011 by Bahama Buck's of Lubbock, Texas. It was Birthday Cake flavored BTW. 

What is a Snow Cone ?

400

It was the Dutch colonists that brought the legend of Nicholas to North America in the 17th century, and they honored his feast day in New Amsterdam, still known as this "new" state.

What is New York ?

500

Instead of Christmas, some chose to celebrate Festivus. There's still lots of fun to be had, from decorating the pole, sitting down for the lovely Festivus meal and the Airing of grievances, followed by the feats of strength, but be warned! The holiday only ends when this happens. 

What is the head of the household is pinned down. 

500

In the Catalan region of Spain, children encourage Caga Tio to poo Hazelnuts, Almonds and Nugat candy for them to eat on Christmas day, and try to stay in its good graces by feeding it and covering it with a blanket to keep in warm, even though it may be better at keeping us warm, as it is this traditional fire starter. 

What is a wooden log ?

500

This carol holds the distinction of being recognized by UNESCO as part of humanitie's intangible cultural heritage, saying that it "addresses the human desire for all-encompassing peace, conveys a feeling of fellowship, and promotes interpersonal exchange and mutual understanding." 

What is "Silent Night" ?

500

Let's try to avoid playing in the snow inside Sandy Cheek's tree-dome while she's hibernating, as this plucky yellow character painfully learned in this episode of his self-titled Nickelodeon cartoon, "Survival of the Idiots". We can take turns being Dirty Dan.  

What is SpongeBob SquarePants

500

The modern image of Santa can be credited to the talents of various illustrators, including Thomas Nast's work in Harpers Weekly, who gave him many of his trademark features, including his red suit and white trim. This is in contrast to the idea that this drink company gave him his coloring to match with those in their logo. 

What is Coke-A-Cola ?

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