Thursday, December 24, 2009

Advent Calendar: The Strange Synopsis Christmas Movie Quiz

Yes, the very bad Advent Calendar co-host actually is posting her post! I am impressed, too! I wanted to take a moment to send a BIG thank you to Marg for all the work she has done for the last part of the tour. I started a new job and let me tell you, don't start a new job before Christmas.... I have been lurking, but I am hoping this weekend to catch-up with all the posts I missed. Happy Holidays to everyone! If Marg hasn't replaced me we will be back with it again next year and I hope that everyone will join in again! It's a lot of fun. Anyway, to my post:

Once a year, like clockwork, Carl and I come together to bring you the Advent Calendar post for Christmas Eve. Generally we try to do a little something to clear out the holiday planning cobwebs and hopefully bring a smile to your face. This year our minds have concocted:

The Strange Synopsis Christmas Movie Quiz

On each of our sites you will find a list of movie synopses, each representing a Christmas/holiday film. To make things a bit easier, each list is followed by the answer pool, in random order. Each answer corresponds to one of the questions. You will find the answers to each quiz on the opposite site. So, the answers to Kailana’s Quiz are on Carl’s site and the answers to Carl’s Quiz are on Kailana’s site. Confused yet? Good! Take another swig of nog and lets begin.

  1. Guy lassoes the moon, marries blonde sweetheart. Financial crisis pushes guy to deep six himself in the local river before rescue arrives in the form of a divine messenger (no, not Obama!).
  2. Average Joe, best known for his questionable home improvement skills, inadvertently kills a beloved gift giver, gains a new career path, and along with it a pretty extreme glandular disorder. Meanwhile, psychologist’s desire for weenie whistle finally fulfilled…try not to think of the psychological implications of that one!
  3. Red-headed baby raised by vertically challenged family with a penchant for rhyming names. Grows up. Gives kids presents if they sit on his lap and give him a kiss. An unfortunate incident with a duck-on-wheels leaves him a wanted outlaw. Choo-choo train thaws out frigid old crank. Man’s best friend is a honking penguin.
  4. Depressed kid with self-esteem issues chooses sentiment over sense in picking out Christmas tree. Verbal abuse ensues. Best friend with fabric fetish waxes eloquent on the true meaning of Christmas. Depressed kid triumphs.
  5. Guy hurts arm in war, milks injury for the rest of his life. He and his buddy perform cross-dressing musical number, count blessings, have a tendency to break into song and dance without the least provocation, and, despite bumps in the road, get the girls in the end.
  6. Starship captain (in another life) granted opportunity to change course. After three late night visitors, cries out, “Make it so!”.
  7. Y-chromosome challenged household celebrates Christmas while father is at war. Put on plays. Shock the neighbors with their tomboyish ways. Time passes and all but one young lady leaves the home to pursue her own path. Another Christmas finds them together again before tragedy strikes. One of many lessons is that it is preferable to marry for love, rather than money.
  8. Despite evidence to the contrary, this film purports that a kid playing with a loud toy is actually enjoyable for a new mother and her infant child.
  9. Kid dreams of a weapon of not-so-mass destruction, hounds steal turkey, a major award is won…and lost. The potential for violence exists on every daily journey to and from the institute of learning, and the injustice and fury builds until a young man has his very first “oh, fuuuuudge!” moment.
  10. Family, including some not wanted, descends upon one man’s castle as he attempts to light up the neighborhood and have an old fashioned Christmas. Even if it kills him. The family feline discovers electricity, an employer makes a decision that ends up haunting him, and a cousin makes every embarrassing relative you’ve ever had suddenly look so much better.

So there you have it. Now, as an aide, here are all the answers to the above synopses in random order. If you don’t know an answer, move on to the next. Perhaps process of elimination will help with the more obscure hints and/or films you are not as familiar with.
  1. A Christmas Story

  2. Little Women

  3. It’s a Wonderful Life

  4. A Christmas Carol

  5. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

  6. The Santa Clause

  7. The Little Drummer Boy

  8. A Charlie Brown Christmas

  9. White Christmas

  10. Santa Claus is Comin to Town

Try your hand and then head over to Carl’s site to check out his Quiz and to find out if your answers to my 10 questions were correct. Afterwards, head back over here to check out your answer’s to Carl’s Quiz.

No fair peeking.






























Here they are:

  1. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

  2. Miracle on 34th Street

  3. The Family Man

  4. Frosty the Snowman

  5. A Muppet Christmas Carol

  6. While You Were Sleeping

  7. Love Actually

  8. Elf

  9. Shop Around the Corner

  10. How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Thanks so much Carl for another fun year! I look forward to what we come up with next year!


  1. I'm not the swiftest to play this sort of thing lol.. butyou and Chris make a great team!

    I hope you have a most wonderful Holiday Kelly!!

  2. I said it to Carl as well but reading these synopsis' are almost as much fun as guessing what they are!

    Have a great Christmas, Kelly. (and I promise I'll have a book-stack photo for you at some point over the holidays!) :D

  3. It's not a fair quiz for me, because I'm a Film Buff and a Christmas Maniac. But I can tell you, these synopses are howlers!

    Merry, merry Christmas, Kelly! So glad to take part in the Tour again - can't wait until next year.

  4. Wow. I'm particularly impressed with the description in #8, which I didn't recognize until after reading the random titles. Very clever, Kelly.

    1. It's a wonderful life
    2. The Santa Claus
    3. Santa Clause is Coming to Town
    4. Charlie Brown's Christmas
    5. White Christmas
    6. A Christmas Carol
    7. Little Women
    8. Little Drummer Boy
    9. Christmas Story
    10. National Lampoon's Christmas vacation

    Merry Christmas!

  5. I'll skip the quiz since I really don't watch that many movies but congratulations on the new job! Merry Christmas!

  6. Merry Christmas, Kelly!

    (Hubby and I were 20/20 ... I wonder what that says about us?)

  7. Congratulations on getting a new job!
    As far as the movie part goes...fantastic descripitons but since I am not a movie watcher :O, I wouldn't be able to figure them out (at least 80% of them) anyway.

    Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!

  8. Merry Christmas Kailana! And I didn't tell you earlier, but congrats on the new job. It was a pleasure to do this again with you this year and allow me to pre-sign up for next year for Dec. 24th with you.

  9. I don't think I did too well on Carl's or your quiz either! Yikes, I guess I don't see that many Christmas movies :)

    Anyway, just wanted to drop in and wish you a wonderful Christmas. Hope you got a lot of bookish goodies!

  10. I got almost all of these!

    Hope you had an exceptionally happy holiday this year :)

  11. What fun! I guessed nine without the need for the key, which made that final one pretty easy once I got to the list. Thanks for getting my brain working finally this Boxing Day morning!

  12. This is very entertaining! Congrats on all your good work on the Advent calendar this year, really enjoyable. And a very Merry Christmas and happy holiday season to you!

  13. Love your synopses. Makes me think I should see some of the movies I haven't ever seen. Maybe next year! ;-)


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