Staying Creative

My husband Steve and I are avid trivia players, mostly playing Live Prize Trivia in pubs. We've found that challenging ourselves at games like these have helped us remain creative in our work.

Writing, website design, marketing and advertising requires a great deal of creativity that needs to be fueled on a regular basis. For us, trivia is a way to keep our minds sharp.

Many business owners have grown to understand the need for this and have found ways to create working environments that encourage play as well as productivity. For example, Revzilla, a motorcycle gear retailer, was just voted Pennsylvania's Best Places to Work Award for 2013. Having visited their facility we were struck with the many amenities the owners have provided the staff, including bean bag chairs in a lounge, a gym and amazing lunch center.

So what do you do to keep creative and sharp in your work environment? Do you think you know your Christmas movies? Take a break and test yourself and see how well you know all of those movies you have seen oh, so many times! Don't Google the answers! That defeats the purpose! Work your brain and challenge yourself. . .

  1. In the 1947 classic “Miracle on 34th Street”, Natalie Wood played a young girl who needed some holiday convincing. Can you remember her first and last name?
  2. “A Christmas Story” was released in 1983. Some television stations play it all day long on Christmas day. What was Randy’s favorite gift on Christmas?
  3. Clark Griswold from “Christmas Vacation” in 1989 wished for a “Good Old-Fashioned Family Christmas”. What was Clark’s occupation?
  4. Then actor, now California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger spent the entire time in 1996’s “Jingle All The Way” searching for what toy for his son?
  5. In 2004, Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis decided to ditch a traditional Christmas in “Christmas with the Kranks” for what reason?
  6. What was the first gift of Christmas given by Santa Claus in the 2004 movie “The Polar Express”?
  7. In 1966, audiences were smitten with the film, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”. Who narrated this classic animated movie?
  8. Time for some dancing! In 1954, “White Christmas” hit the big screen, and Danny Kay and Bing Crosby saved Christmas forever. What did Bing want movie-goers to count instead of sheep?
  9. Judge Reinhold played the disbelieving stepfather in the 1994 version of “The Santa Clause”. What gift did he want most as a child, that he had never received?
  10. When Macaulay Culkin’s character Kevin McCallister was left “Home Alone” in the 1990 film, what did he fear most in the basement?
  11. What did Max Morrow’s character Nathan Andrews do to earn money to buy his mother the “Christmas Shoes” in the 2002 film?
  12. Yes, Bumbles can bounce in “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” from 1964. But what did Yukon Cornelius find they did best on Christmas Eve?
  13. Bonus Question: From the 1946 Christmas classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life”, can you name all of George Bailey’s children?

I will post the answers here next week. Good Luck!

A veteran of the publishing business both in print and online, mastering sales, marketing, writing, and publishing, this former beauty queen with a gift for gab, is high energy with a high-spirited personality making her a natural for motivating others. In 2011 Tina sold over $2 million in internet advertising and now does business consulting as well as internet publishing. Read more at


  1. LOL Sash

    I've never even heard of half or more of these movies. I'd have to google every single one of them to get the answers. What a challenge!