Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Songs of the Season

Sharing this little "quiz" I clipped from a magazine my mother-in-law gave me many years ago!   Although my true love is for CHRISTian songs, some secular melodies bring back happy memories of childhood.    I hope you find something here that you enjoy, too!   

Please post your answers as a comment.   I'll  post the answers later so you can compare!

Holidays in Song
From Americana, December 1989

1.   Returning to earth aboard Gemini 7 on December 17, 1965, astronauts Frank Borman and James Lovell asked Mission Control to “beam up” to them,
          a. “I’ll BeHome For Christmas”
          b. “I WonderAs I Wander”
          d. “FrostyThe Snowman

 2.  “Jingle Bells” was written by Boston Sunday-school teacher James S. Pierpoont in 1857 for
a. a Christmas pageant
b. a bell-choir concert
c. a Thanksgiving program
d. a sleigh-ride with his pupils

a. Clement C. Moore’s poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas”
b. a 1939 Montgomery Ward advertising promotion
c. Jack London’s ‘Call of theWild’

4.  “Toyland,” written in 1903 by Victor Herbert and Glen MacDonough, was not
a. From the operetta ‘Babes inToyland’
b. written with the recent success of the musical version of ‘The Wonderland of Oz'  in mind.
c. intended primarily for an adult audience

5.  What singer in which movie introduced “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”?
a. Bing Crosby in “Holiday Inn” (1942)
b. Deanna Durbin in “Christmas Holiday” (1944)
c. Judy Garland in “Meet Me In St. Louis” (1944)

6. The public heard “White Christmas” for the first time in the movie
a. “White Christmas” in 1954
b. “Holiday Inn” in 1942
c. “Miracle on 34th Street” in 1947
d. “Greenwich Village” in 1944

7. The words to “O Little Town of Bethlehem” were written by
a. Phillips Brooks in 1868
b. Ralph Waldo Emerson in 1880
c. John Greenleaf Whittier in 1865
d. James Russell Lowell in 1870

8. The music for “O Little Town of Bethlehem” was composed by
a. Lowell Mason, music educator in 1839
b. Lewis H. Redner, real-estate broker in 1868
c. Edward Trotter, preacher in 1897

9. What was the real weather when Leroy Anderson composed the music for “Sleigh Ride” in 1948?
a. hurricane
b. blizzard
c. heat wave
d. thunder

10. In “Jingle Bells,” the sleigh eventually
a. collapsed under the weight of its passengers and baggage
b. was upset in a snow bank
c. was buried in an avalanche
d. was lost in a blizzard

11. On December 25, 1863 or 1864, what famous American poet wrote the words to “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”?
a. Edgar Allan Poe
b. John Greenleaf Whittier
c.  James Russell Lowell
d.  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
e.  James Whitcomb Riley

12. Which is generally considered the first American carol to gain an international reputation?
  1. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
  2. Away in a Manger”
  3. Hark!  The Herald Angels Sing
  4. Carol of the Bells
Please vote in my "Favorite Christmas Carol" poll (see far bottom left of the page).    I only listed a handful.  If you don't see your favorite listed, be sure to leave a comment!

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly 
in all wisdom; 
teaching and admonishing one another 
in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, 
singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 
Colossians 3:16  

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