'Tis the weekend to be jolly,
Trim the tree and hang the holly,
Go caroling and freeze your noses,
Light the yule log, roast your (toeses),
And before we wreck another rhyme, try this quiz for Christmas time.
1. Identify the Christmas carol that contains no reference to the nativity.
a. "We Three Kings of Orient Are."
b. "Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella."
c. "Good King Wenceslas." 2. Who was "Good King Wenceslas?"
a. An Austrian king.
b. A Polish nobleman.
c. A Bohemian duke. 3. Match each carol with its country of origin:
a. "Deck the Halls." 1. France.
b. "Ding-Dong Merrily on High." 2. Italy.
c. "Fum, Fum, Fum." 3. United States
d. "Gesu Bambin." 4. Wales.
e. "I Wonder as I Wander." 5. Spain. 4. The patridge in its pear tree arrived on the first day of Christmas.Link up these days and their featured gifts:
a. Sixth day. 1. Pipers piping.
b. Eighth day. 2. Maids a-milking.
c. Ninth day. 3. Geese a-laying.
d. Eleventh day. 4. Ladies dancing. 5. "O Little Town of Bethlehem" was composed by Phillips Brooks, a preacher, and Lewis H. Redner, his organist, in which American city?
a. Philadelphia. b. New York. c. Boston. 6. Which of the following is not English in origin?
a. "Here We Come A-Caroling."
b. "Good Christian Men, Rejoice."
c. "God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen."
d. "The Holly and the Ivy." 7. The carol "O Thou Joyful Day" is better known by its Latin title, "O Sanctissima." The words were written in the 16th century; identify the source of the melody:
a. Sicilian sea chantey.
b. A Scottish dance.
c. A Swedish lullaby. 8. Pair up these 19th-century poets with their carol-writing efforts:
a. Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
b. Christina Rossetti.
c. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
d. Alfred Noyes.
1."I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day."
2. "The Three Ships."
3. "The Virgin's Cradle Song."
4. "In the Bleak Mid-Winter." 9. Choose the American carol in this list:
a. "Willie, Bring Your Little Drum."
b. "Hark! the Herald Angels Sing."
c. "Angels from the Realms of Glory."
d. "It Came upon the Midnight Clear." 10. "Away in a Manager," often called "Luther's Cradle Song," has been set to two different melodies. The less popular one is better known as:
a. "Flow Gently, Sweet Afton."
b. "My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean."
c. "Rock of Ages." 11. William C. Dix, who sold marine insurance in Scotland during the 19th century and composed hymns on the side, wrote a carol set to the music of an English ballad pre-dating the 17th century. Name the carol and the ballad. 12. Match the classical composer with his seasonal work:
a. Cesar Franck.
b. Hector Berlioz.
c. Arcangelo Corelli.
d. Johann Sebastian Bach.
1. "Christmas Concerto."
2. "Christmas Oratorio."
3. "The Childhood of Christ."
4. "Vieux Noel."