From the Farne Islands blog...

When it all gets too much, try your hand at this fiendish Christmas Quiz, courtesy of Hildie's nephew Rob...

1  The 12 Days Of Christmas end on 6 January.  What is this day known as in the Christian calendar?
2  Which of these is a real village in the UK: Chipolata, Cranberry, Sprout, Tinsel or Stuffing?
3  In the book and film Polar Express, what does the boy choose when Santa invites him to ask for anything he wants?
4  Which Dickens novel features a Christmas party at Dingly Dell?
5  On the original ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’, Paul Young sang the first line ‘It’s Christmas time, there’s no need to be afraid’. But who sang the first line on the 1989 version and the 2004 version?
6  According to tradition, which of Santa’s reindeer is Rudolph’s father?
7  In Scrabble, what is the face value in points of the word CHRISTMAS?
8  Who played the title role in the 1951 version of Scrooge?
9  In Raymond Briggs’s story The Snowman, what is the name of the little boy who flies through the air with him?
10  In which Bond film does the character of Christmas Jones appear?
11  When he ran into the village, what was Frosty The Snowman carrying with him?
12  Which animals pull Santa’s sleigh in Sweden?
13  Which Christmas story do these words come from: ‘Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store’
14  Why were Joseph and the expectant Mary on their way to Bethlehem in the first place?
15  Who released the Christmas single ‘I Believe In Father Christmas’?
16  Which festive character did Robert L May invent in 1939?
17  In the 1990 Christmas film ‘Home Alone’, where did the family go on holiday?
18  In the song ‘Jingle Bells’, what is the name of the horse?
19  What changed in 1752 which caused Britain to have a White Christmas less frequently thereafter?
20  Which of the three wise men brought gold as a gift to Jesus?

What lines follow these...
1  To save us all from Satan’s power when we were gone astray
2  In fields where they lay, keeping their sheep
3  Joyful all ye nations rise, join the triumph of the skies, with the angelic host proclaim…
4  O come ye to Bethlehem. Come and behold him
5  Brightly shone the moon that night, though the frost was cruel

There’s a tie-breaker, too..
Isaac Newton died on Christmas Day - in what year?

Answers on Boxing Day!

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I had the very great pleasure of meeting up with Hildie, Brenda and Dave yesterday - and was genuinely delighted finally to receive a Christmas letter that Hildie wrote in 2005 but didn't send.

Here are some of the cracker jokes it contained...

Who beats his chest and swings from Christmas cake to Christmas cake?

What do Eskimos sing when they get their Christmas dinner?
Whalemeat again

'That huge turkey must have cost a fortune!'
'Actually, I got it for a poultry amount'

What do you call people who are afraid of Santa Claus?

Why didn't the skeleton go to the Christmas party?
Because he had no body to go with

What do you get if you eat Christmas decorations?

How does Good King Wenceslas like his pizzas?
Deep and crisp and even

What do you give a Station Master for Christmas?
Platform shoes

How do sheep greet each other at Christmas?
A merry Christmas to ewe

What do Santa's elves learn at school?
The elf-abet

Who delivers presents to young sharks at Christmas?
Santa Jaws

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A VERY big thankyou to everyone who sent me birthday cards this year.  They eased the discomfort of my having reached 65 - and receiving my pension!

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