Christmas Competitions

Well it’s that time of the year when the silly season is upon us and it wouldn’t be complete without the offering of a quiz or two. Here you will find a plethora of posers on offer from the simplest of picture riddles to those nasty cryptic horrors. Most are just for fun but on both the picture stumpers we are giving away a host of prizes. EMI has most kindly given me two copies of Glen Campbell - Classic Campbell.

I also have two copies of the 3 CD disc set Nat, Matt & Dean or maybe you would prefer Matt, the Original Decca Recordings, or The Best of Vikki Carr or Tony Bennett – As Time Goes By or The Original Easy Album, or The Best of Johnny Dankworth. There is something for everyone so grab your pens, fill in those answers and submit your entry to - The competition will run until 10th January 2009. Enjoy

Evergreen boughs that fill our homes

With fragrant Christmas scents,

Hearts filled with the loving glow

That Christmas represents;

Christmas cookies, turkeys stuffed,

Festive holly berry,

Little faces bright with joy,

Loved ones being merry;

Parties, songs, beribboned gifts,

Silver bells that tinkle,

Christmas trees and ornaments,

Colorful lights that twinkle;

Relatives waiting with open arms

To smile and hug and kiss us;

These are some of the special joys

That come along with Christmas.

By Joanna Fuchs



I have generously given you the initial letters of the title – all you have to do is name the Christmas song or carol. Exercise those little brain cells.

AIAM - Away in a Manger

DTH -Deck the Halls

DYHWIH -Do You Hear What I Hear

WW - Winter Wonderland

FTS - Frosty the Snowman

GRYMG - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

GKW - Good King Wenceslas

HTHAS - Hark the Herald Angers Sing

HYAMLC - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

HCSC - Here Comes Santa Claus

ISMKSC - I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

ISTS - I Saw Three Ships

IBTLALLC - It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

JBR - Jingle Bell Rock

JTTW - Joy to the World

LIS - Let it Snow

TLDB - The Little Drummer Boy

OCT - O Christmas Tree

OCAYF - O Come All Ye Faithful

SCICTT - Santa Claus is Coming to Town

WC – White Christmas



    1. We all know that Rudolph has a red nose, but does Rudolph have antlers? Yes

    2. What famous rock star recorded a duet ‘Peace on Earth/The Little Drummer Boy’ with Bing Crosby? David Bowie

    3. In the song ‘Jingle Bells’ who was seated by my side? Miss Fannie Bright

    4. Yogi Bear spends his first Christmas in what park? Jelly Stone

    5. What do they decorate in India at Christmas time? Banana and Mango trees

    6. Round or oval candies filled with fruit preserves or cream and covered with chocolate are called? Sugarplums

    7. This famous hotel magnate was born December 25, 1887? Conrad Hilton

    8. The movie ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ is in what city? New York

    9. What colour is Santa’s belt? Black

    10. Which Christmas song are the lyrics ‘to see if reindeer really know how to fly? The Christmas Song

    11. Peter, Paul and Mary had this No. 1 song during Christmas 1969? Leaving on a jet plane

    12. Which country created eggnog? United States

    13. When is Saint Nicholas’s Feast Day? December 6th

    14. In 1962, the US Postal System first did what? Issued first Christmas stamp

    15. Who said, ‘God Bless Us, Every One’? Tiny Tim

    16. Which state of America has the “World’s Tallest Living Christmas tree”? California

    17. Who is rumoured to have stolen Christmas? The Grinch

    18. For the first time in 38 years, what two religious holidays coincided on December 25th 1978? Xmas & Hanukkah

    19. What colour is the Grinch? Green

    20. How many reindeer hooves are there?(Include Rudolph) 36

    21. What were Frosty’s last words? I’ll be back again someday

    22. The most popular item to put on a tree is? Angel

    23. Who yelled, “Stop” to Frosty? The traffic cop

    24. What is the average number of lights on a Christmas tree – 200 or 350? 200

    25. If you were born on Christmas Day, what’s your star sign? Capricorn

    26. What two words are normally pre-printed on gift tags? To and From

    27. There are 365 days in a year. What number is Christmas Day? 359

    28. Christmas Ridge is located in what underwater mountain range? Pacific Ocean

    29. What country did Joseph, Mary and Jesus go to after Bethlehem? Egypt

    30. Which church does not acknowledge Christmas? Armenian

    31. Who tried to have Christmas abolished? Oliver Cromwell

    32. What fruit is St Nick’s nose like? A Cherry

    33. What is the name of the most famous Christmas ballet? The Nutcracker

    34. What does ‘advent’ mean? Coming

    35. What holiday image do McDonalds put on bags during their Christmas season? Trees

    36. The Littlest Angel has a problem wearing what correctly? His halo

    37. December 24, 1814 ended what war? 1812

    38. What type of canned pie filling is a big seller at Christmas time? Pumpkin

    39. In Jingle Bell Rock everyone is dancing and prancing. Where do they do it? Jingle Bell Square

    40. What is Scrooge’s first name? Ebenezer

    41. In which language is Christmas known as Nadolig? Welsh

    42. Greensleeves is another name for what Christmas song? What child is this?

    43. Who first recorded ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer? Gene Autry

    44. What was the name of the angel who appeared before Mary? Gabriel

    45. In the movie, where does ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ take place? Bedford Falls

    46. In the song ’Silver Bells’ what is dressed in holiday style? Sidewalks

    47. What was the boy’s name that stayed at home in the movie ‘Home Alone’? Kevin

    48. ‘The Night Before Christmas’ never mentions which reindeer? Rudolph

    49. In ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ what does Lucy want for Christmas? Real Estate

    50. The custom of finding a button in the plum pudding means what to an unmarried man? Bachelorhood

    51. What did the Grinch use as a substitute to reindeer? His dog

    52. Who said, “Catch me if you can”? Frosty the Snowman

    53. The most popular toy of 1984 was what doll named after a vegetable? Cabbage Patch Dolls

    54. What Christmas Song does the pig sing in the movie ‘Babe”? Jingle Bells

    55. Who invented electric tree lights? Ralph E Morris

    56. How many verses does the 12 Days of Christmas have? 12

    57. Which No. 1 song did Whitney Houston have during Christmas 1992? I will always love you

    58. Who wrote ‘A Christmas Carol? Charles Dickens

    59. What is the main ingredient in gingerbread cookies? Flour

    60. Name three reindeer whose names begin with ‘D’? Dasher, Dancer & Donner

    61. Who starred in the movie ‘Christmas in Connecticut’? Barbara Stanwyck

    62. What did Clarence receive for accomplishing his mission in ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’? His wings

    63. On what street did a miracle occur? 34th

    64. What carol demands figgy pudding? We wish you a merry Christmas

    65. Who wrote ‘Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer’? Johnny Marks

    66. According to the bible, in which season was Jesus born? Spring

    67. What city name do the states Kentucky, Indiana, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut and Georgia have in common? Bethlehem

    68. What carol contains the line ‘Star with royal beauty bright’? We three kings of Orient are

    69. What Florida town maintains a fully decorated tree year round? Christmas

    70. What are the traditional colours on an advent wreath? Purple and pink

    71. With regard to ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ what came first the book or the movie?

    72. After red and green, what are the two most popular Christmas colours? silver and gold

    73. Which animals were present at the manger when Christ was born? The bible doesn’t say

    74. What was stolen from Westminster Abbey on Christmas Day 1950? The stone of scone

    75. Charlie Chaplin died on Christmas Day, in which year? 1977

    76. What did my true love give to me on the 7th day of Christmas? Seven swans a swimming

    77. Who wrote the song ‘I’m dreaming of a white Christmas? Irving Berlin

    78. What is the popular name of the fruit sauce traditionally served with turkey? Cranberry

    79. On what did Marley’s ghostly face first appear to Scrooge in ‘A Christmas Carol? The door knocker

    80. Which word associated with Christmas comes from a Greek word meaning ‘we can act anything’? Pantomime

    81. Whose is the first voice to be heard on the original recording of Band Aid’s ‘Do they know its Christmas’? Paul Young

    82. What country did poinsettias originally come from? Mexico

    83. Name the four ghosts in ‘A Christmas Carol? Jacob Marley, Xmas Past, Xmas Present, Xmas Future

    84. How many sides does a snowflake have? 6

    85. What popular bite-sized chocolate candy comes wrapped in red and green foil at Christmas? Hershey’s Kisses

    86. In which two oceans would you find Christmas Island? Pacific & Indian

    87. What USA Government Agency tracks Santa’s sleigh on Christmas Eve? NORAD

    88. How many candles are there on a Hanukkah Menorah? 9

    89. What is the name of the store that hired Kris Kringle in the movie ‘Miracle on 34th street’? Macys

    90. Where in America is the movie ‘White Christmas’ set? Vermont

    91. What Michael Jackson song was a Christmas No. 1 in 1995? Earthsong

    92. Which female solo artist was born on Christmas Day 1971? Dido

    93. From the rhyme ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” which reindeer was not pulling Santa’s sleigh? Rudolph

    94. The Christmas tree displayed in Trafalgar Square in London is an annual gift from which country? Norway

    95. By what name is Boxing Day also known? St Stephen’s Day

    96. Which country issued the first Christmas stamp? Canada

    97. To whom do we owe Santa’s alternative name Kris Kringle? Martin Luthor

    98. What instrument was the Christmas carol ‘Silent Night’ first played on? Guitar

    99. Which country was ‘Good King Wenceslas’ king of? Bohemia

    100. Who played Bob Cratchit in the 1992 movie ‘The Muppet Christmas Movie’? Kermit



Each line is a cryptic description of a commonly known Christmas Carol of Song. Get your thinking caps on and your dictionaries
at the ready

Personal December desire for double central incisors

All I Want For Christmas is My Two Front Teeth

Approach everyone who is steadfast

Oh Come All Ye Faithful

Ecstasy toward the orb

Joy to the world

Hush, the foretelling spirits harmonize

Hark the Herald Angels Sing

Quiescent nocturnal period the ascent of Apollo

Silent Night

The autocratic troika originating near 90 degrees N. latitude

Sleigh Ride

The primary colour

The First Noel.

Embellish the corridors

Deck the Halls

I’m fantasizing concerning a blanched yuletide

I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas

I apprehended my maternal parent osculating with a corpulent, unshaven mole in crimson

I Saw Mummy Kissing Santa Claus

Obese personification fabricated of compresses mounds of minute crystals

Frosty the Snowman

During the time ovine caretakers supervised their charges past midnight

Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night.

The thing manifested itself at 12 onset of a transparent day

It Came Upon a Midnight Clear

Asian aristocratic trio

We Three Kings

The tatterdemalion ebony atmosphere

O Holy Night.

The coniferous nativity

O Christmas Tree

What offspring abides thus

What Child is This

Removed in a bovine feeding trough

Away in a Manger

Creator cool it, you jolly male homosapiens

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

Valentino, the roseate proboscises wapiti

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

The slight percussionist lad

The Little Drummer Boy

Father Christmas approaches the city

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Seraphim we actually detected in the stratosphere

Angels we Have Heard on High

Hey, miniscule urban area southwest of Jerusalem

O Little Town of Bethlehem

I observed a trio of vessels approach the harbour

I Saw Three Ships

Tintinnabulation of Carillon

Ring the Bells

Cold geographical area void of colour

Winter Wonderland

Look aqui. Obese Saint!

Here Comes Santa Claus

Ditty of nativity

The Christmas Song

Azurely sad December day

Blue Christmas

3 times the precipitation allowance

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow

Extreme, grand, delightful moment of annual expectations, exultations and financial woes

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Toscin land chunk

Jingle Bell Rock

Fun miniature world


Ungrown, unshaven, overweight crimson saint

Santa Baby

Obtain personally exuberant minuscule December 25th

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Are our sound sensors in sync

Do You Hear What I Hear

Hard fruit made edible by combustion

Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire

Older female relative who becomes aerodynamic venison Roadkill

Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer

Proceed & narrate gossip from a high location

Go Tell it on the Mountain

Beware a group of off-key strangers approach

Here We Come a Carolling

3 squared + 3 yuletide events

The 12 Days of Christmas

Pledge to make a domestic December appearance

I’ll Be Home for Christmas

Noisy feet on the high fastigium surface

Up on the Rooftop

Caballero yuletide

Christmas for Cowboys

Regal, nobil and virtuous male of bohemian nobility

Good king Wenceslas



for a name the celebrity picture quiz.

Who’s Who Picture Quiz Answers

Simon Pegg

Will Mellow

Angela Lansbury

Peter Cushing

James Caan

Patrick Stweart.

Jude Law

Dan Ackroyd

Charlie Sheen

Vernon Wells

Cameron Diaz

Robert Carlisle

Cat Deeley

Gene Wilder

Joaquin Phoenix

George Cole

Dennis Hopper

Ant McPartlin

Alan Rickman

Christopher Lloyd

Matthew Fox


Helen Mirren

Vin Diesel.




Here we have a "Catchphrase" style picture quiz. Look at the pictures
and see if you can identify the song.



Picture Quiz 1


Winter Wonderland (there are wondering snowflakes)

The First Noel (there is no ‘L’ in the alphabet)

Joy to the World

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Blue Christmas

Holly Jolly Christmas

Ill Be Home for Christmas

Frosty the Snowman

We Need a Little Christmas (she is kneading Christmas dough)

Im Dreaming of a White Christmas

O Christmas Tree

What Child is This?

O Holy Night

The Twelve Days of Christmas

Away in a Manger

All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth

It Came Upon a Midnight Clear

Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire

O Little Town of Bethlehem

Silent Night

Rockin Around the Christmas Tree

Santa Baby

The Most Wonderful Tome of the Year (time is wondering)

O Tannenbaum

Do You Hear What I Hear?

Hark the Herald Angels Sing

Deck the Halls

I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

We Three Kings

God rest ye Merry Gentlemen

Angels We Have Heard on High

Silver Bells

A Marshmallow World

Jingle Bell Rock

Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer

Picture Quiz 2



Christmas in Dixie

The Friendly Beasts

The Holly and the Ivy

Sleigh Ride


Go Tell it on the Mountain

Milk and Cookies.

Scarlet Ribbons

Cool Yule

Up on the Rooftop

The Nutcracker

Hallelujah (a halo and a hula girl)

Pretty Paper

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Here We Come a Carolling

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

Christmas Don’t Be Late

Here Comes Santa Claus

Feliz Navidad (bare sheep, fleece and a dad)

O Come All Ye Faithful

The Little Drummer Boy

Jolly Old St Nicholas

Baby It’s Cold Outside

Let there be Peace on Earth

Happy Holidays

So this is Christmas

Carol of the Bells

Ding Dong Merrily on High

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies


If Every Day Was Like Christmas

The Wassailing Song

Thanks to the good people at Brownielocks