Friday, December 11, 2009

Obfuscated Christmas Carols Quiz

This is a fun little quiz for middle school aged kids.  Answers are at the bottom in very tiny print!  Don't peek until you think you've guessed most of them!

Obfuscated Christmas Carols Quiz

Can You Name These Religious Christmas Carols?

  1. Approach Everyone Who Is Steadfast
  2. Ecstasy Toward The Orb
  3. Hush, The Foretelling Spirits Harmonize
  4. Hey, Minuscule Urban Area Southwest Of Jerusalem
  5. Quiescent Nocturnal Period
  6. The Autocratic Troika Originating Near the Accent of Apollo
  7. The Primary Carol
  8. During the Time Ovine Caretakers Supervised Their Charges Past Twilight
  9. Celestial Messengers From Splendid Empires
  10. The Tatterdemalion Ebony Atmosphere
  11. What Offspring Abides Thus?
  12. Removed in a Bovine Feeding Trough
  13. Seraphim We Aurally Detect in the Stratosphere
  14. The Slight Percussionist Lad
  15. The Event Occurred At One Minute After 11:59 PM—Visibility Unlimited
  16. Are You Experiencing Parallel Auditory Input?

1. O Come All Ye Faithful 2. Joy To The World 3. Hark The Herald Angels Sing 4. O Little Town Of Bethlehem 5. O Holy Night 6. We Three Kings, of Orient are 7. The First Noel 8. While Shepherds Watched their Flocks By Night 9. Angels From The Realms of Glory 10. O Holy Night 11. What Child Is This 12. Away In A Manger 13. Angels We Have Heard On High 14. The Little Drummer Boy 15. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear 16. Do You Hear What I Hear?

"Christmas Once is Christmas Still" by Phillips Brooks

"Christmas Once is Christmas Still"

by Phillips Brooks

The silent skies are full of speech,
For who hath ears to hear;
The winds are whispering each to each,
The moon is calling to the beach,
And stars their sacred mission teach
Of Faith, and Love, and Fear.

But once the sky its silence broke,
And song o'erflowed the earth,
The midnight air with glory shook,
And angels mortal language spoke,
When God our human nature took
In Christ the Saviour's birth.

And Christmas once is Christmas still;
The gates through which He came,
And forests wild and murmuring rill,
And fruitful field and breezy hill,
And all that else the wide world fill
Are vocal with His name.

Shall we not listen while they sing
This latest Christmas morn,
And music hear in everything,
And faithful lives in tribute bring
To the great song which greets the King
Who comes when Christ is born.

~~Phillips Brooks~~

(He is better known for his carol, "O Little Town of Bethelehem." I have assigned this to my middle school English class in recent years.)
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