Wednesday, December 11, 2013

25 Days of Winter Holiday Trivia: Day 11

[See the Contest Notes at the end of this post if you want to compete for a gift card!]

I don't know if it can be considered a miracle that I've made 11 consecutive posts in my 25 Days of Winter Holiday Trivia, but that is as good a theme as any for today's question. The holiday season is a time for miracles, or so the entertainment industry would have us believe. Consider, if you will, the sheer number of movies in which the climax hinges on the occurrence of a miracle, whether it be provided by divine means (It's a Wonderful Life), Santa (Miracle on 34th Street), or some other entity/event (Irving Berlin's White Christmas or, perhaps, Ernest Saves Christmas). I mean, this predilection for miracle stories goes back to a certain miraculous birth as well as Mr. Dickens' story of spectral visitations.

But not all holiday miracles occur on the life event level. Some are seemingly magical transformations of, say, common everyday items. So, with that in mind, today's question:

Which one of Jesus' early miracles is also supposed to be a fortunate supernatural effect attributed to Christmas Eve? 

Today's video has nothing to do with the trivia question, but I do believe this tune completely captures the tone and spirit of this time of year (even somewhat tackling the idea of seasonal miracles). This song is "The Atheist's Christmas Carol" from Vienna Teng's second album, Warm Strangers (2004). This tune is not an anti-religious screed. Rather, it is a beautiful summation of the pure potentiality of each and every holiday that claims the Winter Solstice as its time of observance. The video shows Vienna performing the song live at THE LIVING ROOM in NYC. (Note: This was the offering for Day 3 of my 25 Days of Holiday Music last year. Check that post for song lyrics).

Contest Notes:

Remember, 25 Days of Winter Holiday Trivia is an actual contest. If you want to participate, all you have to do is send me your answer to each question I've posted (and for which I have not yet posted the answer). I'll start posting answers on Wednesday, but will likely only go through the first week of trivia. So you still have time to go back through the posted questions and rack up some points.

Points? Yes! The three folks who rack up the most points in my trivia game will receive a gift card!

If you want to participate, simply message me your answers. Don't post in the comments unless you don't mind sharing your work. (Just DM me on Twitter, private message me on FB, or use the contact info on this blog to email me).