How well do you know your Christmas Carols?
  Re: (...)

Translate each of the following sesquipedalian statements, back into recognizable English. Each one is a common Christmas Carol, song or Christmas saying.

1. Move hitherward the entire assembly of those who are loyal in their belief.

2. Listen, the celestial messengers produce harmonious sounds.

3. Nocturnal timespan of unbroken quietness.

4. An emotion excited by the acquisition or expectation of good given to the terrestrial sphere.

5. Embellish the interior passageways.

6. Exalted heavenly beings to whom hearkened.

7. Twelve o'clock on a clement night witnessed it's arrival.

8. The Christmas preceding all others.

9. Small municipality in Judea southeast of Jerusalem.

10. Diminutive masculine master of skin-covered percussionistic cylinders.

11. Omnipotent Supreme Being who elicits respite to ecstatic distinguished males.

12. Tranquility upon the terrestrial sphere.

13. Obese personification fabricated of compressed mounds of minute crystals.

14. Expectation of arrival to populated area by mythical, masculine perennial gift-giver.

15. Natal celebration devoid of color.

16. In awe of the nocturnal time span characterized by religiosity.

17. Geographic state of fantasy during the season of mother nature's dormancy.

18. The first person nominative plural of a triumvirate of far eastern heads of state.

19. Tintinnabulation of vacillating pedula in inverted, metallic, resonant cups.

20. In a distant location the existence of an improvised unit of newborn children's slumber furniture.

21. Proceed forth declaring upon a specific geological alpine formation.

22. Jovial Yuletide desired for the second person singular or plural by us.


1. Oh Come All Ye Faithful.

2. Hark The Herald Angels Sing.

3. Silent Night.

4. Joy to the World.

5. Deck the Halls.

6. Angels We Have Heard On High.

7. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear.

8. The First Noel.

9. Oh Little Town of Bethlehem.

10. Little Drummer Boy.

11. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.

12. Peace on Earth.

13. Frosty the Snowman.

14. Here Comes Santa Claus.

15. White Christmas.

16. Oh Holy Night.

17. Winter Wonderland.

18. We Three Kings.

19. Ring Those Christmas Bells.

20. Away in a Manger.

21. Go Tell It On The Mountain.

22. We Wish You A Merry Christmas.

NOTE:This came from an email a friend sent me seven years ago. With the exception of having fixed a few spelling errors, I have not made any other changes. Therefore, you will see that number 11 is NOT correct, since it is based upon a common mistake. The real carol is "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen" (note the comma after "Merry"). The song is not expressing a wish for God to grant sleep, but is using an older English expression ("God rest ye merry"), to express a wish for God to grant peaceful sleep. Thus, the "merry" is NOT intended to describe the gentlemen. Of course, that would not produce the same wordy translation, nor the same effect.
If blueberry muffins have blueberries in them, what do vegan muffins have?
  Re: How well do you know your Christmas Carols? by labradors (DO YOU KNOW YOUR CHR...)
Pretty cool, Labs, I only got 2 wrong! )not too bad for 4:30AM)

My musicians will enjoy this, I'm passing it along to the boys.

  Re: Re: How well do you know your Christmas Carols? by pjcooks (Pretty cool, Labs, I...)
Funny the things that stick in an OLD mind! Went to a party last weekend and they caroled us out - surprised the heck out of me how much I did NOT have to look at the words.

Printing this out and will see how I do later....
Retired and having fun writing cookbooks, tasting wine and sharing recipes with all my friends.
  Re: How well do you know your Christmas Carols? by labradors (DO YOU KNOW YOUR CHR...)
"sesquipedalian" Heck, darlin', I don't even know what that means, so I am very grateful for my ignorance
Don't wait too long to tell someone you love them.


Forum Jump:

Users browsing this thread: 1 Guest(s)