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Good Thursday morning to you!

Do you enjoy Christmas music? Do you like participating in trivia? If you answered yes to both of those questions, then check out this month’s CITYVIEW trivia contest that focuses on Christmas music. You will find the following 10 questions with multiple choice options. At the end of the questions, you will be notified of how you scored.

We have been doing these monthly themed trivia questions for more than a year now. My hope is that we will have an annual competition at some point with those who scored the best through the year. In the meantime, we are having fun coming up with some topical questions that will challenge your memory bank.

Do you know the answers to these Christmas music questions? If so (or even if not), be sure to check out our trivia page.

1. What year was “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” first recorded?  

2. What beverage does the singer tell the audience to have a cup of in “A Holly Jolly Christmas”?  

3. What movie from popular culture references “Jingle Bell Rock” in the opening scene?  

4. Who first recorded the Frank Sinatra hit song “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”?

5. What is the most-published Christmas hymn? 

6. What tune does Carol Brady lead the carolers in singing during the 1988 “A Very Brady Movie”?  

7. What brings Frosty the Snowman to life in the popular song? 

8. In “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” how many reindeer pull Santa’s sleigh? 

9. What does Alvin the Chipmunk want in “The Chipmunk Song”?

10. In the song “Mr. Grinch,” what is his brain full of?  

Let’s keep the Christmas spirit strong! Have a thoughtful Thursday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305


Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

More great weather is ahead today with even warmer temperatures than yesterday. Friday cools a bit, and the weekend a bit more. We’ll see breezy conditions Sunday and Monday and a chance of light snow in Tuesday’s outlook.

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Jason at parkin.mortgage

Things To Do

Thursday, Dec. 2
Drake University men’s basketball vs. VALPARAISO at 8 p.m.
At: Knapp Center, 2601 Forest Ave., Des Moines
Info: The Drake University men’s basketball team plays in the Missouri Valley Conference. The team earned its first NCAA berth in 13 seasons last season while compiling a 26-5 record to notch its third-consecutive 20-win season.


The Scene


Tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 3,  is this year's date for both the Fitch Studio's (304 15th St, Des Moines)  open house and the opening of the Winter Show at Moberg Gallery (2411 Grand Ave, Des Moines). 5-8 p.m. 

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FROM KCCI: 'Goldie's Bill' aims to improve Animal Welfare Act, breeding facility conditions

Goldie, or golden retriever #142 on USDA inspection reports of Daniel Gingerich's southern Iowa puppy mill, was emaciated for months and was known to USDA APHIS inspectors. Gingerich amassed more than 120 violations of the Animal Welfare Act in 2021. Records show USDA knew of his violations for months before taking action. He eventually surrendered 514 dogs to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa after an agreement was made in federal court that he never have an Animal Welfare Act license again. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Carlisle High basketball player arrested after opponent is knocked out with a punch in handshake line

CARLISLE, Iowa — A Carlisle High School basketball player is facing felony charges after a violent incident at the end of Tuesday’s Carlisle-Nevada game caught on video. The Carlisle Police Department identified their suspect as 17-year-old Carter Prenosil, a senior on Carlisle’s basketball team. Police believe Prenosil knocked out a Nevada player with a punch to the head as the two teams lined up to shake hands after the game. Prenosil now faces a felony charge of willful injury for the incident.   READ MORE FROMWHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Iowa economist explains how Omicron could impact business

JOHNSTON, Iowa — The economic impact after COVID-19 hit is currently in a slow, prolonged recovery process. But with the new Omicron variant, that could potentially lead to a slower recovery time and interrupt industries that were trying to make a comeback, according to Dave Swenson, an economist and professor at Iowa State University. ... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2021

Nearly 14,000 votes were cast in the 2021 CITYVIEW Best Of Des Moines readers' poll.

Best Local Restaurant Patio
1. Eatery A
2. Wellman’s Pub and Rooftop
3. Gilroy’s


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Secluded spot: Hall family finds quiet haven.

By Amy Kort

After their third child, Millie, now age 6, was born, Andy, Mellissa and their other two kids, Alex, 11, and Emmett, 8, moved from Saylor Township to Ankeny. Their Shar-pei, Ollie, and a beta fish, Earth, made the trip, too. The Hall family has called Ankeny “home” for the last three and a half years.

“Our old neighborhood didn’t have any kids, and we wanted a neighborhood with more families,” Mellissa says. “We wanted a house in the Crocker Elementary area. Also, we loved the established neighborhood; it’s very quiet and secluded where we live. If you don’t live here or know somebody who does, you don’t know this area is around.”

With easy access to their favorite spots in Ankeny and downtown Des Moines, the Hall family lives on the far southwest side of town, near northwest 16th Street and northwest 70th Avenue. The area features mature trees and plenty of space for the family.


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The LOVE art in the Pappajohn Sculpture Garden was created by artist Robert Indiana. In 1964, Indiana began creating images and objects using the word LOVE. Indiana maintained that a single word could be a viable subject of art by harnessing its emotional charge and the power of language. The Museum of Modern Art selected his image of LOVE as its Christmas card in 1965, and the US Postal Service created a stamp with the image in 1973. There’s more than a dozen LOVE works of this particular format at galleries around the world. Photo by Jackie Wilson
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Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday Anthony Bonanno and Happy birthday Kayla Bousum

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Britney Spears, Aaron Rodgers, Lucy Liu, Nelly Furtado, Jana Kramer, Alfred Enoch, Daniela Ruah

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Poll of the Week

Which type of can opener do you have?



Which would you prefer?

A white Christmas - 65%
A green Christmas - 35%

Morning Chuckle

Why did the coach give his basketball players bibs?

THEY KEPT DRIBBLING! — Rex Post, Gail Tomlinson, Lori Bluml, Gail Pecht, Patty Miller


What did the football player say to the flight attendant?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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