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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Saturday, December 21, 2002

A little rusty? Brush up on your carol lyrics

Advertiser Staff

Christmas carol quiz

Match the lyrics below, left, with the titles of the songs, right.

The excerpted lines

1. "Decorations of red on a green Christmas tree."

2. "Mistletoe hung where you can't see."

3. "Some day soon we'll all be together if the fates allow."

4. "And if you ever saw it, you would say it glows."

5. "Where the treetops glisten and children listen."

6. "Later on, we'll conspire, as we dream by the fire."

7. "Tiny little tots with their eyes all aglow will find it hard to sleep tonight."

8. "But every day's a holiday when I'm near to you."

9. "But if you really grab me tight all the way home I'll be warm."

10. "He sees you when you are sleeping, he knows when you're awake."

11. "Snowing and blowing a bushel of fun."

12. "Holy infant so tender and mild."

Songs from which they originated

A. "White Christmas."

B. "Jingle Bell Rock."

C. "Blue Christmas."

D. "Merry Christmas, Darling."

E. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."

F. "The Christmas Song."

G. "Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer."

H. "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree."

I. "Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

Let It Snow!"

J. "Santa Claus Is

Comin' to Town"

K. "Silent Night."

L. "Winter Wonderland."

Answers and scorecard

So you think you know your Christmas music?

Think again.

We're talking lyrics to specific songs. Top to bottom. No missed words.

And verses in the right order.

"Jingle Bells" is the easy one; you've been chirping this one from your toddler days.

Get into "Adeste Fideles," and you're probably a bit tongue-tied.

And "Deck the Halls" is a cinch, what with its fa-la-la-la-las.

In the spirit of the season (which is about the only time you can sing these tunes, or have a reasonable excuse to fetch the CDs out of your storage cupboard), see if you can match isolated lines with the proper songs.

Play this simple game, right after your wearisome gift-shopping trek this weekend, and you'll feel at lot better.

Or save it, alter it by replacing your own lines from your favorite songs, and try the guessing game at your family Christmas dinner.

Happy singing. And Mele Kalikimaka.