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Name that tune! Can you guess the Christmas carol from just one line?
Think you know your Christmas carols? Take our lyric test to find out if you know your Jingle Bells from your Little Donkey…
1.“The stars in the bright sky looked down where he lay”
Answer: Away in a Manger
No Christmas song is more well-loved than this children’s classic! It was first published in the late 19th century and is one of the most well known carols, sung throughout the English speaking world. The most renowned version of Away in a Manger is composed by Sir David Wilcocks, and it has been made even more popular with covers by stars such as Petula Clark and Katherine Jenkins. It was one of the first records to be issued in the new ‘stereo’ format of the 1950s, but has surprisingly only been recorded twice in the United States!
2. “In heav’n the bells are ringing”
Answer: Ding Dong Merrily on High
This jolly tune first appeared under the title Branle de l’Official, with the English lyrics being written and published by George Ratcliffe Woodward in 1924. Woodward was very interested in church bell-ringing, which inspired his writing of this merry carol, and it’s still played every year in the Service of King’s College Chapel, Cambridge.
3. “Glory to the newborn King”
Answer: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
First appearing way back in the 1739 collection of Hymns and Sacred Poems, this jolly carol was actually intended to be very slow and solemn by its writer, Charles Wesley. He would never have guessed that his song about an official messenger delivering some important news would become the joyful melody that we all recognise today!
4. “Sweet singing of the choir”
Answer: The Holly and the Ivy
This traditional British Folk Christmas Carol has been adapted into both a play and a film by Wynyard Browne. The original lyrics to The Holly and the Ivy were published in Birmingham in the early 19th century, and the main essences of the song have remained as classic Christmas decorations for years!
5. “Bells on bobtail ring, making spirits bright”
Answer: Jingle Bells
Jingle Bells is one of the most popular and commonly sung American Christmas songs in the world. Written by James Lord Pierpont and published in the Autumn of 1857, it was never actually supposed to be about Christmas! The rhythm of the tune mimics the trotting of horses hooves, rather than that of Santa’s reindeer. Over the years Jingle Bells has been performed by a variety of stars, including Louis Armstrong, The Beatles, Nat King Cole, and Barry Manilow.
6. “Let earth receive her King; Let every heart prepare Him room”
Answer: Joy to the World
The lyrics to this feel-good Christmas classic were written by English hymn-writer, Isaac Watts, and first published in 1719. In the late 20th century, Joy to the World went on to become the most published Christmas hymn in North America, with a cover version recorded on Mariah Carey’s 1994 Merry Christmas album!
7. “Got to keep on plodding onwards with your precious load”
Answer: Little Donkey
This popular carol, following Mary’s journey to Bethlehem, always finds its way into a Nativity play! It’s previously been recorded by Gracie Fields and The Beverley Sisters, and is also famous in the stand-up comedy world, with acts such as Russell Brand and Alan Carr featuring sketches in their shows.
8.“Brightly shone the moon that night, though the frost was cruel”
Answer: Good King Wenceslas
Set to the melody of a 13th century song about the arrival of spring, this classic carol is popular among young and old due to its catchy lyrics and is more than certain to make an appearance at the school Christmas concert. Written in 1853 by English hymn writer John Mason, the carol is actually based on a 10th century duke.
9. “Oh, bring us some figgy pudding and bring it right here”
Answer: We Wish You a Merry Christmas
The unofficial carol singers’ anthem, this carol originates from the south west of England, this classic coined a 17th century Christmas greeting and turned it into arguably the most popular – certainly one of the easiest to sing - Christmas carols.
10. “Mine are riches from your poverty…”
Answer: Calypso carol
This carol takes the award for the funkiest re-telling of the nativity. With its groovy rhythm, many around the world enjoy this infectious jingle - an impressive feat considering that it is relatively new compared to other carols on the list. It first gained notoriety in the 60s after it was accidentally included in a radio playlist, the rest as they say is history.
Okay because Emily said THAT. I can now tell you the story LOL so last night, we were talking about WayHaught and it led to Lexa and the whole tropes thing. Emily talked about it, and she knows the amount of lesbians that had been killed off in TV already in the year.
We talked about it, and I told her Jrot blatantly queer baited fans and lied to us. And she was shocked. She asked me if I stopped watching The 100 after Lexa died, and I’m like yeah, but I still really like Eliza Taylor, who plays Clarke!
And then Emily said, “Oh yeah? I should totally cast Eliza Taylor for next season.” AND I DIED GUYS, I WAS LIKE “OMG YEAH! Alycia too!!” And Emily was like “Yeah!”
She then turned to Melanie and was like “You’ll kick ass.”
So that was one of the things I didn’t wanna mention just in case people took it TOO seriously about casting Eliza Taylor for Wynonna Earp, but damn. HOW AMAZING WOULD THAT BE?!?