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Last Minute Resolutions

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Quick - you’ve only got a few more hours to come up with a New Years Resolution! Like Mary Poppins, you’re practically perfect in every way - but if you want to be just a little bit more perfect, why not use some of our reference databases in the New Year?

You can:

Remember to enter your library card number and PIN to access these resources from home - except for Ancestry - you’ll have to come to the library for that!

Christmas Quiz

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Santa's Portrait Thomas Nast“At Christmas play, and make good cheer, For Christmas comes but once a year.”  Thomas Tusser, 1542

Do you know why Christmas was banned in the Massachusetts Bay Colony between 1659 and 1681? 

Do you know what political cartoonist published a drawing of St. Nicholas in Harper's Weekly, January 3, 1864 that became the modern rendition of Santa?

Do you know what Supreme Court case focused on a well-known symbol of Christmas?

The answers to these questions can be found in the database the Dictionary of American History

Why not create your own quiz to play after the gifts are opened and the conversation lags?

More Christmas trivia can be found in the following library databases.  (Note: You will need your  UA library card number and  PIN in order to access these databases.)

Logo - American History database Logo Daily Life through History database Logo Facts on File World Geography Logo Pop Culture Universe database Logo St. James Enc Popular Culture database Logo World History, Modern Era database