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Entry from December 25, 2016
“Where does Christmas come before Thanksgiving?"/"In the dictionary.”

A Thanksgiving and Christmas riddle is:

Q: When/Where does Christmas come before Thanksgiving?
A: In the dictionary.


The riddle has been cited in print since at least 1995.

“Where does Christmas come before Easter?"/"In the dictionary” is a similar riddle.


17 May 1995, Detroit (MI) Free Press, “Yak Yuk,” pg. 2A, col. 3:
When does Christmas come before Thanksgiving? In a dictionary.
Steve Trotter, 10, Detroit

Google Groups: alt.humor.puns
PUNS OF THE WEAK 12-05-03 Part 1 In The News
Stan Kegel
12/6/03
(...)
Where does Christmas come before Thanksgiving?
In the dictionary (Devarrio, 12)

Google Books
Holiday Howlers:
Jokes for Punny Parties

By Connie Roop and Peter Roop
Minneapolis, MN: Carolrhoda Books, Inc.
2004
Pg. 21:
Q: Where does Christmas come before Thanksgiving?
A: In the dictionary.

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LOUIS K
‏@Lu_ken_K
When does da christmas come before thanksgiving?
in da dictionary
1:17 PM - 4 Jul 2009

Google Books
The Happy Classroom:
From Ha-Ha to A-Ha

By Janet Aaker Smith
Marion, IL: Pieces of Learning
2011
Pg. 87:
When does Christmas come before Thanksgiving?
In the dictionary

Google Books
Christmas Jokes and Riddles for Kids
By Christy Davis
Published by author
2013
Pg. ?:
Where does Christmas come before Thanksgiving?
*In the dictionary

Google Books
Ho-Ho-Ho Christmas Jokes to Tickle Your Funny Bone
By Amelia LaRoche
Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow Publishers, Inc.
2013
Pg. 20:
Where does Christmas come before Thanksgiving?
In the dictionary.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityHolidays/Events/Parades • Sunday, December 25, 2016 • Permalink