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Now on to Newsletter #6:
SHARON MCGREGOR'S NEWSLETTER #6
All right, who's ready for Christmas? Clio has been busy and has her wish list already made. So far it just has three items on it—treats, chewies and squeaky toys. I'm afraid mine is a little more extensive.
The trivia quiz and jumble for this newsletter are, naturally, all about Christmas. See below how well you do in answering and solving.
First some updates. All's Fair In Love and Arson is on sale for the season at 99 cents, https://goo.gl/o86jAq, along with a slate of other Prism/Pelican Christmas titles, so check them out here— https://goo.gl/JWu16
And three more of my mysteries are still at 99 cents—the first two in the Island series (Island Charms and Murder At The Island Spa) and the first in the Boarding Kennel series (Old Shadows, New Murder). Whimsical will soon be publishing the next book in both of these series— Murder on Quadra Island and Murder Is Handy. Stay tuned for news of their release days.
Now let's get to the trivia questions. The answers are below the Jumble.
1. Who wrote the poem 'Twas The Night Before Christmas? Was it--
- Mark Twain
- Clement Clarke Moore
- Charles Dickens
- Gold, silver and frankincense
- Silver, gold and myrrh
- Gold, myrrh and frankincense
- The US
- Gene Autry
- Roy Rogers
- Bing Crosby
- St. Francis
- St. Christopher
- St. Stephen
- Tinkle Bells
- Golden Bells
- Glitter Bells
- Corn cob pipe
- Eyes made out of coal
- Old silk hat
- Silent Night
- White Christmas
- Away In A Manger
Now for some more fun with the Jumble. Can you unscramble these words all related to Christmas?
1. K O T S G N I C
2. T N H E S C T U S
3. T E I P S I N T A O
4. K R U T Y E
5. E R D E N I R E
6. R N C N S E F A K I N E
7. K O N W L A S E S F
8. G P O H N S I P
9. H Y E N M I C
10. N W A M O S N
Here are the answers to the trivia questions.
1.Clement Clarke Moore supposedly wrote the poem on Christmas Eve in 1822. Moore was an academic and not normally given to whimsy, but this was written spur of the moment on a sleigh ride for his children.
2. The gifts were gold, frankincense and myrrh. The only one of the gospels that mentions the wise men is Matthew and there is no mention of how many wise men there were. Also they were not referred to as kings, but don't let that ruin your enjoyment of singing We Three Kings. After all, it's possible for a wise man to be a king, isn't it?
3. Latvia, although this one is a little tricky. The use of a tree for the Christmas/New Year season is first documented in Latvia in the 15th century. However, it is also said that the first indoor use of a Christmas tree was in Germany by Martin Luther. So let's give both countries a little credit. It's said that the first trees were hung upside down, an idea that will resonate with cat owners.
4. Canada. In 1898 Canada issued a stamp inscribed Xmas 1898. A bonus question here-Do you know the appropriate postal code assigned to Santa Claus at his Canadian home near the North Pole? It's HOH OHO. Do you wonder why Canadians are always in the select top few in the yearly lists of 'Happiest countries"?
5. Gene Autry recorded the song in 1949 and it was an instant best-seller. He almost never recorded it. When it was suggested as a B side song on a single record he rejected it but was convinced by his wife to change his mind. "Behind every successful man is a wife willing to tell him when he's wrong"—or something like that.
6. St. Stephen was the first Christian martyr, stoned outside Jerusalem. In the Western Christian countries Dec 26th is a feast day celebrating St. Stephen but in Eastern Christianity it is Dec 27th and on the Julian calendar it is celebrated on January 9th, also the day after Christmas according to the Julian calendar.
7. NORAD—North America Air Defense Command— has been tracking Santa for decades now. They even have a web page where you can follow Santa's route. www.noradsanta.org.
8. Tinkle Bells. The song was written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans. The name was originally Tinkle Bells until Jay Livingston's wife pointed out that the word tinkle also had another use. See comment in answer #5.
9. An old silk hat. "And when they put it on him, he began to dance around."
10. White Christmas was written by Irving Berlin in 1940 and recorded by Bing Crosby in 1941. It wasn't initially a hit but the next year it climbed to the top of Billboard. It featured in two Crosby movies, Holiday Inn, where it won an Academy award, and the musical White Christmas in 1954.
And now the Jumble solutions:
I hope the puzzles gave you some fun and a little break from the rush of the holidays.
Merry Christmas to all!
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