1. Born in what today is Poland, Prang is sometimes called the father of the American Christmas card after he began printing and selling them here in 1874.
2. In addition to writing "America the Beautiful," Bates popularized the concept of Mrs. Claus in her poem "Goody Santa Claus on a Sleigh Ride" in 1889.
3. Otis patented bubble lights in the 1930s and later sold the design to NOMA, which saw them finally catch on in 1947.
4. Sundblom is famous for his drawings of Santa Claus for Coca-Cola advertisements. Some now credit him for creating the modern image of Santa.
5. After a trip to the Holy Land in 1865, Brooks, an Episcopal priest, wrote the words to "O Little Town of Bethlehem."
REASON FOR THE SEASON
1. Two turtledoves (or pigeons) (Luke 2:24)
2. Micah (Micah 5:2)
3. None. Matthew told of the wise men while Luke wrote about the shepherds.
4. He would be wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger. (Luke 2:12)
5. Isaiah (Isaiah 7:14)
IT'S A MIRACLE!
1. "The Tears of a Clown"
2. Davey Johnson
3. Matthew 8:14-15 tells of Jesus curing Peter's mother-in-law's fever
4. Mark Johnson Bonus: Craig Patrick
5. She played a divorcee
1. "To Kill a Mockingbird
4. "Altered States"
5. "Kate and Leopold"
1. Get In Shape, Girl, complete with gymnastic ribbons, jump rope and pretty pastel instructions
2. He-Man. Bonus: Prince Adam
4. It was introduced around Eastertime in 1949. What better marketing ploy to lure buyers than an egg?
5. Founded in Mound, Minn., in 1946, Mound Metalcraft eventually changed its name to Tonka in honor of nearby Lake Minnetonka. Tonka means "great" or "big" in the Dakota Sioux language.
SOUNDS OF THE SEASON
1. In addition to telling us about that fateful three-hour tour, Wyle also wrote "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year."
2. The "Boar's Head Carol," published in 1521 when the tradition of presenting a boar's head at the Yuletide feast was a tradition.
3. Dr. Tom Lehrer
4. "Joy to the World"
5. Trick question: They're a mistake. The original gift was four "colley" or "collie" birds, a type of English blackbird. Their name comes from a "colliery," a British term for coal mine. (Hence, black.) "Calling" apparently resulted from a transcription error.
JUST FOR PUN
4. Their gnomework, of course
5. The ghost of Christmas passed
1. In 1694, Ferdinand Sertl placed a small statue of the Christ child in a niche of a pine tree in an Austrian forest as he prayed for help with his epilepsy. His health improved, and the tree's trunk is now part of the central altar at the church in Christkindl (Christ child), Austria.
2. An 18-wheeler with an excessive number of running lights.
3. The Addis Brush Co. used much the same process for its toilet brushes.
4. "O Tannenbaum" (1824, based on a 16-century folk song)
5. Finely extruded silver. (Talk about money growing on trees!) The idea was soon discarded, because the silver tarnished.
ALL THINGS CHRISTMAS
1. It's an annual winter bird count in the Western Hemisphere, promoted in part by the Audubon Society.
2. The Methodist Episcopal Church, now a part of the United Methodist Church, traces its origin to the Baltimore conference.
3. The Christmas club savings account. Banks quickly picked up on the idea.
4. The song is based on the poem "Christmas Bells," written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow on Christmas Day, 1863.
5. One of their fruitcakes.
RING THEM BELLS
1. Edgar Allen Poe's "The Bells"
2. "Cheaper by the Dozen"
3. Antebellum, Latin for "before war"
4. It was hidden in a church at what today is Allentown, Pa.
5. John Donne from his Meditation 17 in 1624
NEW YEAR'S BABIES
1. Fernando Tatis
2. Alfred Stieglitz
3. Frank Langella
4. E.M. Forster
5. Don Novello
THE GOOD 'LIFE'
1. "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing"
2. Frankincense and hallelujah
3. Violet Bick, played by Gloria Grahame
4. They both once dreamed of being architects
5. Five (best picture, actor, director, film editing, sound.) No wins.