Christmas carols: test your knowledge!

I wrote this one a few years ago, when a friend asked me to come up with some party games for her Christmas open house. Here are the titles of fifteen familiar Christmas carols, which have been obfuscated by means of a plethora of highfalutin verbiage and tortuous circumlocution. See how many you can decipher.

1. Palestinian municipality of unimpressive size

2. Seraphic beings originating from a celestial location

3. I espied a trio of sea-going vessels

4. Somewhere sort of far off, in a feedbox

5. Spruce up the gathering place with bunches of seasonal greenery

6. Depart, and proclaim the news from an elevated location

7. May the Supreme Deity maintain you in a condition of jollity, fellas

8. It took place at 12:00 under a very starry sky

9. Unbounded joviality to the inhabitants of this planet

10. Complete absence of nocturnal noise

11. I speculate in astonishment while perambulating aimlessly

12. On a particular occasion in a certain village associated with a prominent Hebrew monarch

13. The time from December 25 to January 6

14. Seasonal musical composition for hollow metal objects, typically having the shape of an inverted cup widening at the lip, that sound a clear musical note when struck, typically by means of a clapper inside

15. Seasonal musical composition for percussion instruments, typically cylindrical, barrel-shaped, or bowl-shaped, with a taut membrane over one or both ends, sounded by being struck with hands, sticks, or mallets

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ANSWERS: 1. O Little Town of Bethlehem; 2. Angels from the Realms of Glory; 3. I Saw Three Ships; 4. Away in a Manger; 5. Deck the Hall with Boughs of Holly; 6. Go, Tell It on the Mountain; 7. God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen; 8. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear; 9. Joy to the World; 10. Silent Night; 11. I Wonder as I Wander; 12. Once in Royal David’s City; 13. The Twelve Days of Christmas; 14. Carol of the Bells; 15. Carol of the Drums

12 – 15 correct: Pretty good, but don’t get a big head; it was an easy quiz
8 – 11 correct: You need to go Christmas caroling more often
4 – 7 correct: Obviously not a music lover
fewer than 4 correct: Ebenezer Scrooge

Feel free to post your score in the comment section below, assuming it’s something you’re proud of.

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