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2018 Holiday Wishbook: ‘Quizzmas Carols’

How well do you know your Christmas songs? You’re about to be put to the test. Below are 10 “Quizzmas Carols,” each one a trivia question about a classic Christmas song. A song bank is provided, and the answers are listed at the bottom of the page.

Test your knowledge and then test your family and friends … Happy caroling!

Quizzmas Carol song bank:

“Do You Hear What I Hear?” • “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” • “Jingle Bells” • “Joy to the World” • “O Holy Night” • “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” • “Silent Night”• “The Little Drummer Boy” • “We Three Kings” • “What Child Is This?”

Quizzmas Carols:

1. What was the first Christmas song to be broadcast on the radio?

2. Which Christmas song was first performed in 1818 and is the third best-selling single of all time?

3. The original title of this Christmas song was “Carol of the Drum.” What song is it?

4. A poem called “The Manger Throne” is the basis for which carol?

5. This Christmas song was originally written for Thanksgiving. It also was the first song broadcast from space. What is it?

6. The band Three Dog Night covered this Christmas song and turned it into a No. 1 hit in 1971. Which song is it?

7. Which Christmas song was written by Charles Wesley in 1739?

8. It took composer John Frederick Coots about 10 minutes to come up with the music for this Christmas song in 1934. The day after it debuted on a radio show, 100,000 orders for the sheet music were received. Which song is it?

9. Which Christmas song was inspired by the Cuban Missile Crisis?

10. Which Christmas song is also known as “The Quest of the Magi”?

Quizzmas Carol answers:

1. “O Holy Night”

2. “Silent Night”

3. “The Little Drummer Boy”

4. “What Child is This?”

5. “Jingle Bells”

6. “Joy to the World”

7. “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”

8. “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town”

9. “Do You Hear What I Hear?”

10. “We Three Kings”

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