Christmas Quiz by Mark Kearney and Randy Ray

Classic Christmas Quiz

How Rudolph almost didn't get his name

By Mark Kearney and Randy Ray

Mark Kearney of London, Ont. and Randy Ray of Ottawa are the authors of nine books about Canada, with best-seller sales of more than 50,000. Their Web site is:

Big Book of Canadian Trivia coverQuestions

1) True or false? The poinsettia plant, a favorite at Christmas, was named for a Dr. Poinsett.
2. The original Santa Claus, St. Nicholas, was believed to be born in the fourth century in what is now this country?

a) Sweden   b) The Netherlands   c) Turkey   d) Czechoslovakia   e) The Soviet  Union
 3. Robert May, an advertising copywriter for the Montgomery Ward department store, came up with the tale of a Red-Nosed Reindeer.  Before he settled on Rudolph what two other names were suggested?

a) Rollo and Reginald   b) Roscoe and Randy   c) Robin and Roland   d) Rufus and Rupert


1. True. The plant is named after Dr. Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first United States ambassador to Mexico, who in the late 1820s brought it into the U.S.
2. c). He was from the ancient town of Lycia in what is now Turkey. He is the  patron saint of children.
3. a). After dismissing those two names, Rudolph was introduced in a department store booklet in 1939, and the song was made famous in 1949 by Gene Autry.


 Randy Ray, publicist / speaker agent / author
 (613) 425-3873 - (613) 816-3873 (c)