It’s almost Christmas (I have two! the 7th January is when we actually celebrate – but why not do both?)
I thought I’d collate some Christmassy bits and pieces for light-hearted posting. Click here to read the post on my other blog. I wish you all a joyous Christmas and absolutely fabulous New Year! Thank you for your conversation; look forward to more.
You’ve all seen the flashmob events made famous by Improv Everywhere, for example, Grand Central Station in New York. Here is a group doing the same thing in a Moscow shopping mall singing a popular Christmas carol. The singers are from an Orthodox boarding school and include clergy (obviously the bearded ones).
A bit late for Christmas, I know, but just came across it.
I know that you would have seen these before – these strangely reworded Christmas carol titles or, as described on the site, obfuscated Christmas carol titles, but I thought I’d pull them out – as one pulls out of a dusty box that’s been sitting in the back of a dark cupboard – as a light challenge for the season.
The website calls them titles of Christmas Carols, rewritten in florid and multisyllabic language!
See how many you can guess.
- Move hitherward the entire assembly of those who are loyal in their belief
- Listen, the celestial messengers produce harmonious sounds.
- Nocturnal time span of unbroken quietness.
- An emotion excited by the acquisition or expectation of good given to the terrestrial sphere.
- Embellish the interior passageways.
- Exalted heavenly beings to whom harkened.
- Twelve o’clock on a clement night witnessed its arrival.
- The Christmas preceding all others.
- Small municipality in Judea southeast of Jerusalem.
- Diminutive masculine master of skin-covered percussionistic cylinders.
- Omnipotent supreme being who elicits respite to ecstatic distinguished males.
- Tranquillity upon the terrestrial sphere.
- Obese personification fabricated of compressed mounds of minute crystals.
- Expectation of arrival to populated area by mythical, masculine perennial gift giver.
- Natal celebration devoid of color, rather albino, as a hallucinatory phenomenon for me.
- In awe of the nocturnal time span characterized by religiosity.
- Geographic state of fantasy during the season of mother nature’s dormancy.
- The first person nominative plural of triumvirate of far eastern heads of state.
- Tintinnabulation of vacillating pendulums in inverted, metallic, resonant cups.
- In a distant location the existence of an improvised unit of newborn children’s slumber furniture.
- Proceed forth declaring upon a specific geological alpine formation.
- Jovial Yuletide desired for the second person singular or plural by us.
If you reach saturation point guessing these, scroll down past the picture for the answers.
- Oh Come All Ye Faithful
- Hark the Herald Angels Sing
- Silent Night
- Joy to the World
- Deck the Halls
- Angels We Have Heard on High
- It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
- The First Noel
- Oh Little Town of Bethlehem
- Little Drummerboy
- God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
- Peace on Earth
- Frosty the Snowman
- Santa Claus is Coming to Town
- White Christmas
- Oh Holy Night
- Winter Wonderland
- We Three Kings
- Jingle Bells
- Away in a Manger
- Go Tell It on a Mountain
- We Wish You a Merry Christmas
I thought a wordle quiz with a Christmas carol theme might be fun. Try to guess these 10 traditional carols.
I think this may be a fun end of year activity for students of all ages.
Can you guess these Christmas carols?
A beautiful collection of art accompanying the Christmas story is to be found on this Metropolitan Museum of Art website.
At the risk of appearing obsessive, I’m also adding the LIFE photo archive of Christmas images hosted by Google.
Mahalo has a unique search result which is quite satisfying and neatly packaged.
Here is another list of results for Christmas stamps and holiday stamps.
I wonder if there are any sites displaying more unusual Christmas stamps?