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Lock, Stock, and Carol
"The Christmas Carols are sad because modern Christmas songs are stealing their thunder. Who shares the joys of Christmas better? Let's have a sing-off and find out!"
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
First up comes "Joy To The World" to represent the carols in a positive light. Can you fill in the missing words?
"Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And ___ and ___ sing,"
Rich men, Poor men
Next up is a band who, not dissimilarly to the concept of Groundhog Day, said "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday". Who conjured up this song in 1973?
Back to the carols. "Ellens dritter Gesang" (also known as "Ave Maria"), composed by Franz Schubert in 1825, was made for which of these poems written by Walter Scott?
Ode To A Nightingale
The Lady of the Lake
Stopping For Death
Eartha Kitt wants a lot for Christmas, according to her song "Santa Baby". Perhaps being fashionable will win the battle for the modern songs. Which of these is NOT one of the things she wants, according to the lyrics of the song?
Diamonds and rubies
Deed to a platinum mine
Light blue 54 convertible
To gain heartwarming points, the carols nominate "Good King Wenceslas" next. The song's lyrics tell of a king who helps a poor man through a storm out of kindness. Is the song based on a real person?
To try and outdo the carols, John Lennon and Yoko Ono put forward "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)", released in 1971, which is a protest song about which of these wars?
War of the Roses
World War II
Popular carol "Silent Night" ("Stille Nacht") was based on a poem written in 1816, and was first performed in the church of St Nicholas in Obendorf, Austria. But do you know who wrote the poem?
The modern songs are angling for the sympathy vote now. Can you finish the lyric line to Wham's "Last Christmas"?
"Last Christmas, I gave you my heart
But the very next day, you gave it away
This year to save me from tears
I'll give it to someone special
I'll run away from my fears
Onions will be banned
You'll give it back to me
The carols are rallying for their last entry. Actually, it's time for a little bribery to secure victory. Mainly with gold, but frankincense and myrrh have their uses too (honest!). Which of these carols does NOT feature gold, frankincense and myrrh in its lyrics?
The First Noel
With Wondering Awe
We Three Kings of Orient Are
What Child Is This?
To finish with, the modern songs are electing a song which was the most played Christmas song in 2010 in the UK to get the edge. To some, it's a heartwarming song, and to the cynic, it's just a money spinner. Nevertheless, who released "All I Want For Christmas Is You?" in 1994?
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Compiled Jun 28 12