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The monthly newsletter for the
Montgomery County Republican Party of Texas
December 2019
The holidays are a time for friends and family, so we are taking a break from the MCRP newsletter for December.  Instead, we are sharing some interesting items to bring in the New Year!  Stay tuned for the next monthly newsletter which will be distributed before the end of January. 

Until then, Happy New Year!

Quotes on New Beginnings

Courtesy of International Business Times 
  • “Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, ‘It will be happier.’”- Alfred Lord Tennyson
  • “Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.” -Oprah Winfrey
  • “Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “New Year’s Day is every man’s birthday.” - Charles Lamb
  • “We all get the exact same 365 days. The only difference is what we do with them.” – Hillary DePiano​
  • “Each new day is a blank page in the diary of your life. The secret of success is in turning that diary into the best story you possibly can.” – Douglas Pagels
  • “To have the kind of year you want to have, something has to happen that you can not explain why it happened. Something has to happen that you can not coach.” – Bobby Bowden
  • “An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.” – Bill Vaughn​

Quotes on Resolutions

Courtesy of International Business Times 
  • “Make New Year’s goals. Dig within, and discover what you would like to have happen in your life this year. This helps you do your part. It is an affirmation that you’re interested in fully living life in the year to come.” - Melody Beattie (Read the full quote here.)
  • “A year from now you’re gonna weigh more or less than what you do right now.” - Phil McGraw
  • “How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them.” - Benjamin Franklin
  • “Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed.” - Cavett Robert
  • “May all your troubles last as long as your New Year’s resolutions.” – Joey Adams
  • “Many years ago I resolved never to bother with New Year's resolutions, and I have stuck with it ever since.” – Dave Beard​
  • “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.” – Abraham Lincoln

New Years Trivia

Courtesy of Holidappy.


1. The first ball to be dropped in New York’s Times Square happened in what year?

a. 1908

b. 1925

c. 1938

d. 1962

2. The first time that January 1st was celebrated as the beginning of a new year was in 153 B.C. when the Romans moved the first month of their calendar back to January. For what reason did the Romans do this?

a. To coincide with elections of the two highest ranking Republic positions.

b. To honor the god, Janus, god of beginnings and transitions.

c. More sacred sheep were born in January than in February.

d. To honor Tobasco, god of hangover relief.

3. In 567 A.D., the Council of Tours prohibited the recognition of an official New Year. Why did they do this?

a. They believed the end of the world would happen soon.

b. They disliked that the date was originated with pagans.

c. To move the date to August 9 in order to replace the Frankish holiday of Stickball Day with a less athletic-themed celebration.

d. Because they were just a bunch of grumpy old geezers who hated celebrating anything.

4. What famous Frank was born in Bayonne, New Jersey, on January 1, 1938?

a. Entertainer Frank Sinatra, Jr.

b. Actor Frank Langella

c. Football player and coach, Frank Beamer

d. Head of the barley cereal syndicate crime family, Frankenberry

5. In 1583, what event returned January 1st as the observation of the New Year in Europe?

a. A severe earthquake in Portugal on that date that miraculously took no human victims.

b. Papal fear surrounding a dire prediction by seer John Dee.

c. The institution of the Gregorian Calendar.

d. The 67-year-old Queen of Spain took her first bath.

6. On January 1, 1788, the Pennsylvanian Quakers did what?

a. Disavowed Quakerism.

b. Emancipated their slaves.

c. Officially denounced the Amish as heretics.

d. Opened the Quaker Oats company.

7. The lyrics of the now-traditional New Years song “Auld Lang Syne” began as a poem set to the tune of a much older Scot folk ballad. Who wrote the poem?

a. John Keats

b. Robert Burns

c. Lord Byron

d. Dr. Seuss

8. On January 1, 1877, what happened to Queen Victoria of Britain?

a. She got married.

b. She celebrated her 50th birthday.

c. She was proclaimed Empress of India.

d. She got stuck in her throne, requiring three hours of manpower and twenty pounds of butter to get her out.

9. On January 1, 1906, the government of the Netherlands made what law?

a. Mandatory licenses required for driving engine-powered vehicles.

b. A national census.

c. Recognition of Dutch as the national language.

d. Prohibition on the wearing of lampshades as hats.

10. Much to the dismay of millions, on January 1, 1945, this person announced they were not a god. Who was it?

a. Joseph Stalin

b. Emperor Hirohito

c. Gandhi

d. Clark Gable

11. On January 1, 1971, what kind of commercials were banned from American television?

a. Anti-free labor union ads.

b. Ads for cigarettes.

c. Anything relating to or suggestive of illegal drug paraphernalia.

d. Car sale ads that feature a dealer’s annoying and untalented children.

12. On New Year's Eve, 1985, this celebrity died in a controversial plane crash. Who was this celebrity?

a. Wendy’s “Where’s the beef?” commercial icon, Clara Peller

b. TV newscaster David Brinkley

c. Radio disc jockey legend Wolfman Jack

d. Entertainer Rick Nelson

13. The symbol of “Baby New Year” evolved out of what?

a. From customs in the reign of Elizabeth I, who had the court midgets lead celebrations on New Year's Day.

b. Back to the ancient Greek tradition of escorting a baby throughout the villages in honor of Dionysus, god of wine.

c. From the ancient Hungarian Day of Remembrance of the Infants (honoring babies who had died the previous year).

d. Out of remembrance for the young victims of the Great Minnesota Baby Juggling Catastrophe of January 1, 1928.

14. On January 1, 1962, who failed to pass an audition for Decca Records?

a. Liberace

b. The Beatles

c. Comedian George Carlin

d. The Jackson Two

15. The tradition of eating black-eyed peas on New Year's Day is believed to do what?

a. Bring prosperity for the next year.

b. Return loved ones from war.

c. Bring a year of peace into a household.

d. Relieve constipation.

16. In some parts of the world, to insure a healthy household in the coming year, it is customary for the head of the household to spank who on New Year's Day?

a. His wife.

b. His children.

c. The oldest member of the family.

d. His monkey.

17. According to data at Box Office Mojo, the highest box office sales draw on a New Year's Day is held by what film?

a. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

b. Avatar

c. Crocodile Dundee

d. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

18. What celebrity, known for their convincing portrayals of the opposite sex, was born January 1, 1895?

a. Milton Berle

b. J. Edgar Hoover

c. George Sanders

d. Eleanor Roosevelt

19. According to southern U.S. beliefs, to make a New Year's resolution stick, one must do what while making it?

a. Be inside a church.

b. Be at death’s door.

c. Be engaged or newly widowed or divorced.

d. Be beaten with the community stupid stick.

20. In some parts of the U.S., eating pancakes with butter, syrup, and whipped cream on New Year's Day indicates what?

a. You plan to make a marriage proposal in the coming year.

b. You are turning your back on regrets of the last year.

c. You are having breakfast at Shoney’s or Denny’s.

d. A diet probably wasn’t part of your New Year's resolution.


1. a. 1908
2. a. To coincide with elections of the two highest ranking Republic positions.
3. b. They disliked that the date was originated with pagans.
4. b. Actor Frank Langella
5. c. The institution of the Gregorian Calendar.
6. b. Emancipated their slaves.
7. b. Robert Burns
8. c. She was proclaimed Empress of India.
9. a. Mandatory licenses required for driving engine-powered vehicles.
10. b. Emperor Hirohito
11. b. Ads for cigarettes.
12. d. Entertainer Rick Nelson
13. b. Back to the ancient Greek tradition of escorting a baby throughout the villages in honor of Dionysus, god of wine.
14. b. The Beatles
15. a. Bring prosperity for the next year.
16. a. His wife.
17. b. Avatar
18. b. J. Edgar Hoover
19. b. Be at death’s door.
20. c. You are having breakfast at Shoney’s or Denny’s.

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