Christmas contest: Name that carol!

Here is a little test to see how well you know popular Christmas tunes

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With holiday music blasting earlier and earlier each year, you may be to the point that you can't stand to hear another carol. And you may also think that by now -- and after many Decembers -- you know them front to back and back to front.

But do you?

Here's a little quiz to find out. We've pulled lyrics from 20 mostly well-known tunes. Your job is to figure out from what carol they came. Resist the temptation to search the Web -- that just ruins the fun! Another challenge: a version sung by Bing Crosby may have slightly different lyrics from one sung by, say, Mariah Carey or Carrie Underwood.

Some of the lyrics will be easy to get; others come from later verses or simply just sound odd without the tunes. Getting about 10 right is average. Connecting all 20 means you deserve that fruitcake. Get five or fewer and you should chew on coal instead.

To these carols

A."Away in a Manger"

B. "The Christmas Song"

C. "Do You Hear What I Hear?"

D. "The First Noel"

E. "Frosty the Snowman"

F. "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen"

G. "Good King Wenceslas"

H. "Here Comes Santa Claus"

I. "Holly Jolly Christmas"

J. "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas"

K. "Jingle Bells"

L. "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year"

M. "Must Be Santa"

N. "O Christmas Tree"

O. "O Come, All Ye Faithful"

P. "O Little Town of Bethlehem"

Q. "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"

R. "Silver Bells"

S. "Up on the House Top"

T. "What Child Is This?"

Match these lyrics

1. "This is Santa's big scene"

2. "And every mother's child is gonna spy"

3. "The sturdy kind that doesn't mind the snow."

4. "There'll be scary ghost stories"

5. "Who's got a big red cherry nose?"

6. "And they shouted out with glee"

7. "And stay by my cradle 'til morning is nigh."

8. "Thy candles shine so brightly!"

9. "Catch me if you can."

10. "Raise, raise the song on high,"

11. "Let nothing you affright"

12. "And when you walk down the street"

13. "Then entered in those wise men three"

14. "The dark night wakes, the glory breaks"

15. "Yonder peasant, who is he?"

16. "And then we got upsot"

17. "In your palace warm, mighty king."

18. "Born this happy morning"

19. "Jump in bed, cover up your head."

20. "Here is a hammer and lots of tacks"

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Post-Gazette classical music critic Andrew Druckenbrod: adruckenbrod@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1750. He blogs at www.post-gazette.com/classicalmusings. First Published December 23, 2012 5:00 AM


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