Bob’s 2013 Christmas Puzzle Card

This year’s card tests your knowledge of when certain Christmas events occurred. There are ten categories of events, with five events in each.

Within each group, decide the chronological order in which the five events took place. Mark a 1 next to the event that took place first, a 2 next to the one that happened second, a 3 next to the one that occured third, and so on.

For example, if the category was Christmas Toys, the correct answer would be as shown below.

   __5__ Tickle Me Elmo (1996)
   __1__ Slinky (1945)
   __4__ Cabbage Patch Kids (1983)
   __3__ Barbie (1964)
   __2__ Mr. Potato Head (1952)

Of course in the real puzzle you aren’t given the actual years. But if you know them you may find it helpful to write them in the blank.

For an additional challenge, try to place all fifty events on one timeline.

Christmas Stories solution
___ Robert L. May pens “Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer”
___ “A Christmas Carol” written
___ “The Polar Express” written
___ “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus” written
___ Clement C. Moore pens “A Visit from St. Nicholas”

Christmas Songs solution
___ “Jingle Bells” published
___ “Feliz Navidad” recorded
___ “Frosty The Snowman” recorded
___ “The Chipmunk Song” recorded
___ “White Christmas” recorded

Christmas Movies solution
___ “Christmas with the Kranks” screened
___ “Home Alone” screened
___ “White Christmas” screened
___ “The Muppet Christmas Carol” screened
___ “Miracle On 34th Street” screened

Christmas TV Specials solution
___ “A Charlie Brown Christmas” broadcast
___ “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” broadcast
___ “Jack Frost” broadcast
___ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” broadcast
___ “Frosty the Snowman” broadcast

More Christmas Songs solution
___ “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear” appears
___ Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite” performed
___ “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer” recorded
___ “Hark The Herald Angels Sing” appears
___ “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas” recorded

Christmas Events solution
___ Celebrating Christmas outlawed in Boston
___ Rockefeller Center Christmas tree tradition begins
___ August Imgard invents the candy cane
___ Harper’s Weekly carries Thomas Nast’s first annual Santa Claus drawing
___ Christmas Day a federal holiday in the United States

More Christmas Stories solution
___ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” published
___ “The Gift of the Magi” published
___ “The Little Match Girl” published
___ Mark Twain pens “A Letter From Santa Claus”
___ L. Frank Baum pens “A Kidapped Santa Claus”

More Christmas Movies solution
___ “The Santa Clause” screened
___ “Christmas Vacation” screened
___ “Holiday Inn” screened
___ “Christmas in Connecticut” screened
___ “A Christmas Story” screened

Still More Christmas Songs solution
___ “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” recorded
___ “All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth” published
___ “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” published
___ “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” recorded
___ “Joy To The World” published

Even More Christmas Songs solution
___ “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” recorded
___ “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” sung on screen
___ “Let There Be Peace On Earth” published
___ “Twelve Days Of Christmas” published
___ Nat King Cole records “The Christmas Song”

Solution for all fifty on one timeline (don't look if you don't want to see it!)