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12/22/11 Grif.Net – Mistletoe at the Airport

12/22/11 Grif.Net – Mistletoe at the Airport

The wife and I were headed to California and out of the snow and cold of
Wyoming. Now, I’m into Christmas, but can’t stand airports with tacky red
and green decor, and loudspeakers blaring elevator renditions of well-known
Christmas music.

I grit my teeth and went to check in our single suitcase (with baggage fees
so high, we now consolidate), when I saw some mistletoe hanging. Not real
mistletoe mind you, but very cheap imitation plastic with red paint on the
rounder parts and green paint on the flatter and pointier parts, that could
be taken for mistletoe only in a very Picasso sort of way.

With a considerable degree of frustration and nowhere else to vent it, I
said to the attendant, “Even if I were not happily married, I would not want
to kiss you under such a gross mockery of mistletoe.”

“Sir, look more closely at where the mistletoe is hanging,” mentioned the
attendant.

“Ok, I see that it’s above the luggage scale, which is the place you’d have
to step forward for a kiss,” I responded.

The attendant answered, “That’s not why it’s there.”

“Ok, I give up,” I muttered, now totally annoyed. “Then, why is it there?”

She smiled and replied, “It’s there so you can kiss your luggage goodbye.”

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ANSWERS

1. What is usually concealed in the Christmas pudding? A coin

2. A traditional advent calendar has how many days? 24

3. Last day of Christmas is called – Twelfth Night

4.Traditional Christingle can be made by which fruit? Orange

5.Christmas is connected to which flower traditionally? Poinsettia

6. Why do we shorten Christmas to Xmas? “X” (Chi) is the first letter of the
Greek word for Christ

7. The fashion for Christmas trees was started by which couple? Queen
Victoria and Prince Albert

8. The ’12 Days of Christmas’ occur – The 12 days AFTER Christmas: December
26 to January 6

9. Jesus born in which season? Spring (But I disagree and say December)

10. One of the most loved Christmas books is ‘A Christmas Carol’. Who wrote
it? Charles Dickens

11. Which well-known author created a book called The Father Christmas
Letters? J.R.R. Tolkien

12. What is the first line of the second verse of ‘Angels from the Realms of
Glory’? Shepherds in the fields abiding

13. The first commercial Christmas card got a hostile reception from some
people because – It depicted a family (children as well as adults) drinking
wine

14. Name the traditional Christmas plant which is NOT poisonous? Poinsettia

15. What is the number of reindeer that the Santa has? 9

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Dr Bob Griffin
bob@grif.net www.grif.net
“Jesus Knows Me, This I Love!”