Following are the answers to our Christmas Quiz. If you managed to find this page without taking the quiz, you can do so at www.surveymonkey.com/s/2011ChristmasQuiz.
1. c. The 1983 movie A Christmas Story was set in Hammond, Ind., where writer Jean Shepherd grew up. It was filmed mostly in Cleveland, Ohio.
2. a. According to Dr. Suess, the Grinch’s heart was two sizes too small (but it grows three sizes larger after the Whos show him that Christmas is about more than just presents).
3. c. Santana isn’t a name for Santa Claus. The origins of the other names are: Papai Noel, Brazil; Sinterklaas, Belgium; Der Weihnachtsmann, Germany; and Père Noël, France.
4. d. Rudolph creator Robert L. May worked for Chicago-based Montgomery Ward in 1939 when his bosses asked him to create a Christmas story as a promotional giveaway. Read more about the creation of Rudolph here.
5. b. The New York Sun—Virginia’s dad had told her, “If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.” Read Virginia’s famous letter and the paper’s response on the Newseum website.
6. c. In November 1923, First Lady Grace Coolidge allowed the District of Columbia Public Schools to place a Christmas tree in the Ellipse south of the White House. It was named the National Christmas Tree. Get more National Christmas Tree history here.
7. a. Bob Cratchit made 15 shillings per week, which could be equal to anywhere from $20 to just under $200. Learn more historical context for Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol here.