Answers to 2014 Holiday Quiz

Here are the answers to the holiday season quiz.

  1. How many presents would you receive from The 12 Days of Christmas?
  2. 324

    Partridges: 1 × 12 = 12; Doves: 2 × 11 = 22; Hens 3 × 10 = 30; Calling birds: 4 × 9 = 36; Golden rings: 5 × 8 = 40; Geese: 6 × 7 = 42; Swans: 7 × 6 = 42; Maids: 8 × 5 = 40; Ladies: 9 × 4 = 36; Lords: 10 × 3 = 30; Pipers: 11 × 2 = 22; Drummers: 12 × 1 = 12; Total = 364

    Extra credit FYI: "The 'The 12 Days of Christmas' gifts would cost $116,673 in 2014, a 1% increase from 2013." source: The Christian Science Monitor


  3. Eggnog was created in which country?
  4. United States

    "Eggnog literally means eggs inside a small cup. It is used as a toast to ones health. Nog is an old English dialect word (from East Anglia) of obscure origins that was used to describe a kind of strong beer (hence noggin). It is first recorded in the seventeenth century. Eggnog, however, is first mentioned in the early nineteenth century but seems to have been popular on both sides of the Atlantic at that time. An alternative British name was egg flip.

    It all began in England, where eggnog was the trademark drink of the upper class. "You have to remember, the average Londoner rarely saw a glass of milk," says author/historian James Humes (July 1997, "To Humes It May Concern"), former speech writer and adviser to four presidents. "There was no refrigeration, and the farms belonged to the big estates. Those who could get milk and eggs to make eggnog mixed it with brandy or Madeira or even sherry." But it became most popular in America, where farms and dairy products were plentiful, as was rum. Rum came to these shores via the Triangular Trade from the Caribbean; thus it was far more affordable than the heavily taxed brandy or other European spirits that it replaced at our forefather's holiday revels." source:


  5. When playing dreidel, if you spin and get a gimmel you should?
  6. Put some gelt into the pot
    Skip a turn
    Call Partners in Biopharma Consulting for help
    Take the pot for yourself


  7. What is the name of the symbolic object that holds the candles of Kwanzaa?
  8. Menorah

    from: and

    Votive stand

  9. What message does Ralphie decipher using his decoder pin in 'A Christmas Story'?
  10. "You'll shoot your eye out."
    "Use Partners in Biopharma Consulting for your next consulting project."
    "Be sure to drink your Ovaltine."


    "Never lick a frozen pole."

  11. Which dessert from Israel is eaten at Hanukkah because it is fried in oil?
  12. Latkes
    Bimuelos (fritters)
    Atayef (cheese-filled pancakes)
    Sufganiyot (jelly filled donuts)


  13. What does Clark Griswold receive as his Christmas bonus in 'Christmas Vacation'?
  14. $20,000
    A one-year subscription to People magazine
    A one-year subscription to a jelly-of-the-month club

    source: Wikipedia/National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

    A free turkey

  15. How many Wise Men were there according to the bible?
  16. Two
    Not specified

    "It does report wise men (“magi”) came, but it does not say how many. None of the early Church Fathers suggested the magi were kings. Since the word “magi” used in the Bible is plural, there were apparently at least two, and there could have been more—even several more. The Bible simply mentions three costly gifts they presented—gold, frankincense and myrrh, but this does not necessarily indicate the number of magi. There is also no proof of what country these men came from." source:

  17. The most played Christmas season song is as of 2014?
  18. "Frosty the Snowman" (1950)
    “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” (1951)
    “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” (1934)

    "The list represents an aggregation of all recorded versions of each holiday song ranked based upon ASCAP's historical data from radio, television and internet performances." source:

    “White Christmas” (1941)

  19. Hanukkah is also known as...
  20. The Festival of Seven Days
    The Festival of Lights

    "Hanukkah, or the Festival of Rededication, celebrates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after its defilement by the Syrian Greeks in 164 BCE. Although it is a late addition to the Jewish liturgical calendar, the eight-day festival of Hanukkah has become a beloved and joyous holiday. It is also known as the Festival of Lights and takes place in December, at the time of year when the days are shortest in the northern hemisphere." sources: Hanukkah 101 at and Judaism 101 on

    The Defeat of the Syrian Greeks
    Judah the Maccabee

  21. Which of the following is not one of the seven principles celebrated at Kwanzaa?

  22. Unity

    The seven principles of Kwanzaa are:

    • Umoja (Unity): To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
    • Kujichagulia (Self-Determination): To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves.
    • Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility): To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers' and sisters' problems our problems, and to solve them together.
    • Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics): To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.
    • Nia (Purpose): To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
    • Kuumba (Creativity): To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
    • Imani (Faith): To believe with all our hearts in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.

    source: and

  23. Which U.S. President barred the Christmas tree source being displayed in the White House?

  24. William McKinley
    William Taft
    Theodore Roosevelt

    "Theodore Roosevelt, who was president from 1901 to 1908, forbade the display of Christmas trees in the White House. He believed that cutting evergreen trees for decorative purposes caused deforestation and was bad for the environment. As a conservationist, he was also concerned that his political opponents could use the seemingly hypocritical display of a Christmas tree against him."

    Calvin Coolidge

I hope you had some fun. Drop me a note after the holidays; perhaps we could work on a project together. Have a great holiday season!