Show Notes for Monday, December 25, 2023

This #MovieStarMonday we visit with Dyan Cannon (The Revenge of the Pink Panther, Caddyshack 2, Kangaroo Jack) Dyan Cannon is an actress, filmmaker and editor. Her accolades include a Saturn Award, a Golden Globe Award, three Academy Award nominations and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Dyan is the executive producer of a much talked about mini series “Archie", which chronicles the life of screen legend Cary Grant, and is partially based on Dyan's NYTimes Bestseller memoir "Dear Cary," which chronicles her marriage to Grant.


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December 25th

Christmas Day

National Pumpkin Pie Day

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Twelve Days Of Christmas

A’phabet Day Or No “L” Day

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Research shows that group singing has many beneficial biological, psychological, behavioral, and social benefits. How? Group singing can synchronize singers’ heartbeats and breathing patterns. That can partly explain some of the positive effects of group singing such as bonding and social connection. Singing together also increases the feel-good hormone oxytocin and improves mood, helping us to bond with our fellow singers as we “perform”. Group singing also has psychosocial benefits for those living with a range of health conditions – including building resilience, enhancing mood, creating a sense of belonging and purpose, improving quality of life, and promoting wellbeing.

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Four in 10 of us say they are ‘downsizing’ their holiday celebrations this year – by making do with decorations from Christmas past and setting limits when it comes to spending. In a poll of 2,000 US adults who celebrate Christmas, 51% said they’ve cut their budgets this year, but don’t want to compromise too much. With that in mind, 16% of parents are not getting gifts for each other so they can spend more on the kids, and 24% have decided not to buy presents for people outside of their immediate family. 18% made the decision not to send Christmas cards this year, and 20% have put a limit on presents. And even Christmas dinner is taking a hit. One in 10 said they bought a smaller turkey, and about 12% decided that Christmas crackers aren’t necessary this year.

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The ‘Grinch’s’ heart is said to be how many sizes too small?

A: 2

Finish this iconic line from “It’s a Wonderful Life”: “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his _____.”

A: Wings

In “A Christmas Story”, what does ‘Ralphie’ want for Christmas?

A: A BB gun

In what movie is one of the characters rushing to get her hands on canned hickory honey ham?

A: “Christmas with the Kranks”

What was the name of Scrooge’s old partner in “A Christmas Carol”?

A: Jacob Marley

What does ‘Clark Griswold’ hope to buy with his big Christmas bonus in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation?”

A: A pool

What is the name of the head elf in “The Santa Clause”?

A: ‘Bernard’

In what movie does a little boy run after his love in the airport?

A: “Love, Actually”

What is “Bad Santa’s” profession?

A: Thief and mall Santa

Complete this famous line from “Elf”: “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is ________”

A: “Singing loud for all to hear.”

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Which popular Christmas beverage is also called “milk punch?”

A: Eggnog

What are the 2 most popular “other” names for Santa Claus?

A: Kris Kringle and Saint Nick

What word for Christmas or a Christmas carol was borrowed from French?

A: Noel

According to the Christmas story, in what town was baby Jesus born?

A: Bethlehem

The song says that Elvis isn’t going to have a white Christmas — he’s going to have a what?

A: Blue Christmas

What’s the German name for the song known in English as ‘O Christmas Tree?’

A: ‘O Tannenbaum’

In the song ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’, what type of pudding is called for?

A: Figgy pudding

What do children supposedly get in their stockings if they’re on the Naughty List?

A: A lump of coal

In 1996, what toy with origins in “Sesame Street” was an absolute sensation at Christmastime?

A: Tickle Me Elmo

What phrase, made popular in “A Christmas Carol”, expresses annoyance with cheery holiday celebrations?

A: Bah humbug!

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A fruitcake, properly prepared and stored, will last for 25 years.

The movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” was a box office flop. It wasn’t until 1974, when its copyright expired and TV networks could air it for free, that it became a beloved Christmas movie.

Paul McCartney earns about $400,000 each year from his song ‘Wonderful Christmastime’, which is widely regarded as his worst song.

Although gingerbread houses date back to the 1600s, the tradition became widespread in Germany after the story of Hansel and Gretel was published in 1812.

In Slovakia, it is a tradition to keep “Christmas Carp” in the family bathtub for a few days before they are eaten.

Before adopting turkey, the traditional Christmas meal in England was a pig’s head covered with mustard.

Before the Post Office started accepting Santa letters, kids yelled their Christmas wishes up the chimney — or tied their notes to balloons.

Stats show that people with high, medium and low-income groups spend about the same amount on Christmas gifts.


Question: 35% of us agree: THIS Christmas tradition is one that no one does anymore. What is it?

Answer: Roasting chestnuts on an open fire

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A 103-year-old artificial Christmas tree was auctioned for more than $4,000 in England. The tree was brought to Dorothy Grant’s family home when she was 8 years old in 1920, and became a staple of her holidays every year until her death at the age of 101. The tree, which features 25 branches, 12 berries and 6 mini candle holders, is believed to be one of the first mass-produced artificial Christmas trees and was likely purchased by Grant’s mother at Woolworth’s in London. Hansons Auctioneers says the 2.5-foot-tall (76cm) tree, described as the “humblest Christmas tree in the world,” sold for a total of $4,296.13.

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The Two Million Dollar Puzzle: It’s like giving a lottery ticket, except in the form of a puzzle — when they finish it, a QR code appears. Then they scan it to find out if they won anywhere between $1 and $1,000,000. $28

Password Book: They’ll never lose their passwords again with this handy book, which includes tabs to find the one they need in a pinch. (For those computer users who “don’t trust technology” to safely store their passwords?) $15

Bluetooth Knit Beanie: Even on the coldest winter days, it keeps them warm while they listen to music, podcasts and audiobooks via Bluetooth speakers. And since it connects to their phone, they can also answer calls totally hands-free. Light optional. $28

Squishy Gummy Bear Light: Just what you thought – These cute, LED light-up bears will brighten up any space with a squeeze of their gummy bellies. $28

➠ “From Crook to Cook: Platinum Recipes From Tha Boss Dogg’s Kitchen”: It’s a collection of 50 recipes by Snoop Dogg. From Frito BBQ Twists to Baked Mac & Cheese, it seems he has something for everyone who gets the munchies. $17

➠ “I Pooped” Bathroom Guest Book: We all do (-doo) it. So why not gift your friend this housewarming present to spruce up their new bathroom? (I’m not sure that ‘houseWARMING’ is the right word for this!) $7

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I’d like to have a kid, but I’m not sure I’m ready to spend 10 years of my life constantly asking someone where his shoes are.” ~ Damien Fahey

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