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Front Page - Friday, December 5, 2014

Brainbuster – Make your brain tingle!

We have all heard and sung Christmas carols since we were little kids, and surely we have our own personal favorites. Carols make the spirit of Christmas come alive and our family gatherings more memorable. Here’s a fun quiz to test your knowledge about some of our well-loved Christmas carols. Have fun!

1. This Christmas carol is often sung to the melody composed by Felix Mendelssohn. “The First Noel”; “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear”; “What Child is This”: “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.”

2. In Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol,” Scrooge got mad when he heard this merry song. “Jolly Old St. Nicholas”; “O Holy Night”; “God Rest You Merry Gentlemen”; “Jingle Bells.”

3. This Christmas song was written by Adolphe Adam, and was later frowned upon by the church. “O Holy Night”; “O Little Town Of Bethlehem”; “Silent Night”; “Silver Bells.”

4. The original title of this Christmas song was “Kings Of the Orient.” “Little Drummer Boy”; “We Three Kings”; “Deck the Halls”; “O Little Town of Bethlehem.”

5. Another title of this well-loved Christmas carol is “Greensleeves.” “The First Noel”; “Angels We have Heard on High”; “What Child is This?”; “Away in a Manger.”

6. Mozart used this Christmas music for a piano and violin duet. “Silent Night”; “Jingle Bells”; “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear”; “Deck the Halls.”

7. Lewis Redner originally wrote the music to this Yuletide song for a Sunday school children’s choir. “O Little Town of Bethlehem”; “O Christmas Tree”; “Jingle Bell Rock”; “Winter Wonderland.”

8. This Christmas carol was originally meant to be sung at Thanksgiving. “Greensleeves”; “O Come All Ye Faithful”; “Jingle Bells”; “O Christmas Tree.”

9. A Christmas song also known as “Adeste Fidelis.” “Silent Night”; “O Come All Ye Faithful”; “Angels We Have Heard on High”; “Little Drummer Boy.”

10. This well-loved Christmas carol was based on a poem written by Joseph Mohr. “O Holy Night”; “Silent Night”; “Jingle Bells”; “Winter Wonderland.”

ANSWERS: 1. “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear.” 2. In Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol,” Scrooge got mad when he heard “God Rest You Merry Gentlemen.” 3. “O Holy Night.” 4. “O Little Town of Bethlehem.” 5. “What Child is This?” 6. “Deck The Halls.” 7. “O Little Town of Bethlehem.” 8. “Jingle Bells.” 9. “Oh Come All Ye Faithful.” 10. “Silent Night.”