Can You ID the Yuletide Carols Being Sung by a Choir?


(The following Yuletide quiz is based on the wonderful book "The Carols of Christmas" by David McLaughlan.) Match the clue with the name of the carol.

 1. According to tradition, the  lyrics to this carol were written by"watchmen, paid extra by the local burghers to guard the town over the Christmas period".

2. Sometimes called "Cradle Song", this carol made its debut in America with the publication, in 1885, of a Lutheran Sunday school book.

3. At the end of the Civil War, the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote the words to this carol after the death of his wife, and after receiving news of his son's injury in battle.

4. This carol has angels touching their "harps of gold".

5. Assisting in a Christmas service in the Holy Land in 1865, Rector Phillips Brooks of Philadelphia was inspired to write this  poem that a church organist set to music.

6. In its first public appearance, it was sung in German with a guitar accompaniment.

7. According to one, perhaps apocryphal,  theory, "Bethlehem" in this carol was a code word for England.

8. This carol is "only sung at Christmas because it mentions Saint Stephen's feast, which falls on December 26".

9. "Originally the hymn began, 'Hark! how all the welkin rings Glory to the King of Kings'."

10. "A French soldier in the Franco-Prussian war leapt from his trench on Christmas Eve 1871, stood, unarmed, in no-man's land and serenaded the enemy with this carol.

11. The words to this carol were written by a Scottish insurance clerk in 1865.

12. In this carol the name of a tree is probably a corruption of the French word "perdrix", pronounced "perdree".

13. The third word of this carol likely comes from the ancient Gaulish term "neu helle".

14. The poet who wrote the words to this carol was parodied in "Alice in Wonderland".

15. The author of this carol delivered the eulogy at President Grant's funeral in 1885.

___ Away  in a Manger

___God Rest Thee Merry, Gentelmen

___Good King Wenseslas

___Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

___It Came Upon the Midnight Clear

___I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

___Joy to the World

___O Come All Ye Faithful

___O Holy Night

___O Little Town of Bethlehem

___Silent Night

___The First Noel

___The Twelve Days of Christmas

___We Three Kings of Orient Are

___What  Child Is This?

Answer: 2; 1; 8; 9; 4; 3; 14; 7; 10; 5; 6; 13; 12; 15; 11.



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  • I have a hard enough time recognizing the "public domain" Chanukah songs on Craig Ferguson.

    Also, is 15 the one with "tried to smoke a rubber cigar?"

  • Sorry, Jack, no cigar.

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