Advent Calendar 2014: Day Seventeen
Today I brave the work Christmas meal and party. I have a festive sweater on and everything. For those interested, I shall be eating turkey and Christmas pudding rather than any of the other more esoteric menu offerings, as I believe you should always eat turkey and Christmas pudding at a Christmas meal, no matter how many Christmas meals you have each December.
My particular role is hosting the Christmas quiz, the annual feature of enforced fun for the workforce. I fully intend to make the spectacle awkward, boring and difficult with the grand finale of several teams arguing over the validity of the questions and/or answers.
As a special blogging bonus, here is the actual quiz, so you can pretend to be at my work Christmas party too…
Steve’s Super Christmas Quiz
Round one – what Christmas songs do these lyrics come from?
- Where the tree tops glisten and children listen to hear sleigh bells in the snow.
- With a corncob pipe and a button nose and two eyes made out of coal.
- Lo he abhors not the Virgin’s womb.
- And if you ever saw it, you would even say it glows.
- Do the fairies keep him sober for a day.
- A time for giving, a time for getting, a time for forgiving and for forgetting.
- It was Christmas Eve babe, in the drunk tank. An old man said to me, won’t see another one.
- You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout.
- Me? I guess I was a shoulder to cry on.
- Through the years we all will be together if the fates allow.
Round two – who are these people we are describing, all born on Christmas Day?
- I am an England and Essex cricketer, who scored 766 runs against Australia during the 2010-11 Ashes series.
- I am an internationally successful singer. My song “Thank You” was sampled by Eminem in his song “Stan”.
- I am a famous model and photographer, born in Copenhagen.
- I am another internally successful singer, who sung with The Tourists and Eurythmics before going solo.
- I was a writer and raconteur, famous for the book The Naked Civil Servant.
Round three – can you tell what Christmas films, or films set during the Christmas period, are being described from these brief plot outlines from the Internet Movie Database website?
- An 8-year-old boy who is accidentally left behind while his family flies to France for Christmas must defend his home against idiotic burglars.
- A boy inadvertently breaks 3 important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.
- An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed.
- When a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing.
- John McClane, officer of the NYPD, tries to save wife Holly Gennaro and several others, taken hostage by German terrorist Hans Gruber during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.
- A recently widowed man’s son calls a radio talk-show in an attempt to find his father a partner.
- After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity.
- Jack Skellington, king of Halloweentown, discovers Christmas Town, but doesn’t quite understand the concept.
- A veteran cop, Murtaugh, is partnered with a young suicidal cop, Riggs. Both having one thing in common; hating working in pairs. Now they must learn to work with one another to stop a gang of drug smugglers.
- Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.
You are very welcome to post your answers, if you’re having a very slow day today. There will be no prize, but for the bragging rights on winning an online quiz. Which are pretty serious bragging rights, you know. But no cheating. I can tell if you’ve been cheating.