Tuesday, December 24, 2013


It’s Christmas week.  Here’s hoping everyone has a safe, happy and warm holiday... especially the people of Toronto and the GTA, many of whom went without heat or power for several days (including your humble quizmaster – that would be me).  If you know your Christmas songs even only slightly, then you won’t have ANY problems this week.  They’re well known lyrics from Christmas songs you hear every year.  Guess which song....and slice yourself another piece of fruitcake.  Your brain won’t get too much of a workout this week since all the questions are quite simple and besides, we’re all busy celebrating the holidays.     

1.  “Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful.  And since we’ve no place to go…”.  The next line is the title of this song.  What is it?
2.  Here’s the lyric – what’s the song?  “There must have been some magic in that old silk hat they found.  For when they placed it on his head, he began to dance around.”                          
3.  “Just hear those sleigh bells jingling.  Ring Ting Tingling too.  Come on it’s lovely weather for a _____ _____ together with you.”  If you know the two words missing in these lyrics, you know the title of the song, so what is it?
4.  Burl Ives made had a hit with this Christmas song: “Have a _____ ______ ______.  It’s the best time of the year.  I don’t know if there’ll be snow, but have a cup of cheer.”  Do you name the name of this song?              
5.  “Sleigh bells ring – are you listening?  In the lane, snow is glistening.  A beautiful sight, We’re happy tonight, walking in a _____ ________.”  What’s the name of this Christmas classic?


1.  It’s “Let It Snow!  Let It Snow!  Let it Snow!”.  This song was written in 1945 by legendary songwriters Sammy Cahn and Julie Styne, the duo who also wrote “Three Coins In The Fountain”.                   

2.  “Frosty The Snowman” is the song in question.  In 1950, cowboy singing star Gene Autry had a huge hit with “Frosty” that followed his success with “Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer”.

3.  You got it!  It’s “Sleigh Ride”.  Leroy Anderson wrote the lyrics in 1946 with the lyrics being added by Mitchell Parish in 1960.  According to ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) “Sleigh Ride” is one of the ten most performed songs written by ASCAP members during the holiday season.                                 
4.  “A Holly Jolly Christmas” is the name of that song.  One of the most famous versions is sung by Burl Ives.  That one has been played on the radio every year since it was first released in 1965.  Johnny Marks, the man who wrote “Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer” also penned this one.  Marks is also responsible for writing Brenda Lee’s Christmas classic, “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree.”       

5.  “Winter Wonderland”.  This Holiday standard has been recorded by well over 150 performers including Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond, Radiohead, Selena Gomez, Lionel Richie, Demo Lovato, Blake Shelton, Aretha Franklin and Diana Ross.

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