Saturday, December 10, 2011

A Christmas Quiz

By now, everyone is caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season: shopping, baking, traveling… Whatever the time, writers still do what we do best. We write.

As writers, we are all about the words. If what we’ve penned is too hard or confusing to understand, our readers will by-pass us. The quiz below is a prime example of how we can over-write. Decipher the expanded Christmas carols and match them to their correct, more common titles.

Better yet, pour yourself a glass of eggnog and share the quiz with family and friends. I did NOT include the answers. If you want them, please email me.


1. Oh, member of the round table with missing areas

2. Boulder of the tinkling metal spheres

3. Vehicular homicide was committed on Dad's mom by a precipitous

4. Wanted in December: top forward

5. The apartment of two psychiatrists

6. The lad is a diminutive percussionist

7. Sir Lancelot with laryngitis

8. Decorate the entryways

9. Cup-shaped instruments fashioned of a whitish metallic element

10. Oh small Israel urban center

11. Far off in a haybin

12. We are Kong, Lear, and Nat Cole

13. Duodecimal enumeration of the passage of the yuletide season

14. Leave and broadcast from an elevation

15. Our fervent hope is that you thoroughly enjoy your yuletide season

16. Listen, the winged heavenly messengers are proclaiming tunefully

17. As the guardians of the woolly animals protected their charges in the dark hours

18. I beheld a trio of nautical vessels moving in this direction

19. Jubilation to the entire terrestrial globe

20. Do you perceive the same vibrations which stimulate my auditory sense organ?

21. A joyful song of reverence relative to hollow metallic vessels which vibrate and bring forth a ringing sound when struck

22. Parent was observed osculating a red-coated unshaven teamster

23. May the Deity bestow an absence of fatigue to mild male humans

24. Rose-colored uncouth dolf is aware of the nature of precipitation, darling


a. All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth

b. Away in a Manger

c. Carol of the Bells

d. Deck the Halls

e. Do You Hear What I Hear?

f. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

g. Go Tell It on the Mountain

h. Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer

i. Hark the Herald Angels Sing

j. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

k. I Saw Three Ships

l. Jingle Bell Rock

m. Joy to the World

n. Little Drummer Boy

o. Oh Holy Night

p. Oh Little Town of Bethlehem

q. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

r. Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night

s. Silent Night

t. Silver Bells

u. The Nutcracker Suite

v. The Twelve Days of Christmas

w. We Three Kings

x. We Wish You a Merry Christmas


  1. I'm guessing #1 isn't one of Guinevere’s eunuch guards.

    Hi, Cindy =)

  2. This is clever, but I hope I NEVER write sentences like this. I have read books that hurt my brain. I don't mind a deep plot, some great, complex characters, but if I have to think about what you're trying to tell me, it's either poetry, modern art, or needs more editing. Thanks for sharing, Cindy!