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Christmas caroling


My wife and I had a very enjoyable time last evening. Friends from our church who also work at school invited some other people about our age to their house for a potluck dinner followed by caroling in their neighborhood (which just happens to be the same neighborhood where our son Mark and daughter-in-law Katie live. Our hostess even had little lanterns with votive candles inside for each couple to carry. It was a lot of fun, and I think that it was a pleasant surprise to those that we found at home. We even had the opportunity to comfort one mom who had just been talking to her enlisted son on the phone. We hope our friends can be a source of some on-going encouragement for her. We were disappointed that our son and daughter-in-law weren't at home - but we called them on our cellphone and caroled them as they shopped! 🙂

Part of the fun of our caroling was singing Christmas songs with no songsheets and no instruments. It's amazing how many of the words are in our minds, and how many of the people we caroled sang along with us or mouthed the words themselves! Today's iv is a little fun with Christmas songs.

Christmas Songs Initials Puzzle

How many of these songs of the Christmas season can you identify using just the initials of the words in their starting phrases?

1. HYAMLC
2. TFNTADS
3. GRYMGLNYD
4. ICUAMC
5. SNHNAICAIB
6. OTFDOCMTLGTM
7. DTHWBOHFLLLLLLLL
8. YBWOYBNC
9. JTTWTLHC
10. YKDADAPAVCACADAB
11. ISMKSCUTMLN
12. CSBSDIHS
13. HTHASGTTNK
14. GGROBAR
15. OHNTSABS
16. AIWFCIMTFT
17. DTTSIAOHOS
18. WTKOOA
19. IDOAWCJLTOIUTK
20. CROAOFJFNAYN
21. IBTLALLC
22. OLTOBHSWSTL
23. SBRAYLITLSIG
24. IBHFC
25. WWYAMCWWYAMC
26. IHTBOCD
27. FTSWAJHS
28. JOSNLYETW
29. GKWLDOTFOS
30. UOTHRPOJGOSC
31. IHABCWY
32. WUNWTAGC (LSN)
33. JHTSBRTTT
34. CTTMPRPPP

Answers to Christmas Songs Initials Puzzle

1. HYAMLC - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
2. TFNTADS - The First Noel (the Angels did say)
3. GRYMGLNYD - God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen (Let nothing you dismay)
4. ICUAMC - It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
5. SNHNAICAIB - Silent Night (Holy night, all is clear, all is bright)
6. OTFDOCMTLGTM - The 12 Days of Christmas (On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me)
7. DTHWBOHFLLLLLLLL - Deck The Halls (with boughs of holly. Fa La La La La La La La La)
8. YBWOYBNC - Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (You'd better watch out, you better not cry!)
9. JTTWTLHC - Joy To The World (the Lord has come)
10. YKDADAPAVCACADAB - Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen)
11. ISMKSCUTMLN - I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (underneath the mistletoe last night)
12. CSBSDIHS - Silver Bells (City sidewalks, busy sidewalks, decked in holiday style)
13. HTHASGTTNK - Hark The Herald Angels Sing (Glory to the newborn King)
14. GGROBAR - Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer
15. OHNTSABS - Oh Holy Night (the stars are brightly shining)
16. AIWFCIMTFT - All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth
17. DTTSIAOHOS - Jingle Bells (Dashing through the snow, in a one-horse open sleigh)
18. WTKOOA - We Three Kings (of Orient Are)
19. IDOAWCJLTOIUTK - (I'm Dreaming of a) White Christmas (just like the ones I used to know)
20. CROAOFJFNAYN - The Christmas Song (Chestnuts roasting on an open fire; Jack Frost nipping at your nose)
21. IBTLALLC - It's Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas
22. OLTOBHSWSTL - O Little Town of Bethlehem (how still we see thee lie)
23. SBRAYLITLSIG - Winter Wonderland (Sleigh bells ring, are you list'nin'? In the lane snow is glist'nin')
24. IBHFC - I'll Be Home For Christmas
25. WWYAMCWWYAMC - We Wish You A Merry Christmas (We Wish You A Merry Christmas)
26. IHTBOCD - I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day
27. FTSWAJHS - Frosty The Snowman (was a jolly, happy soul)
28. JOSNLYETW - Jolly Old St. Nicholas (lean your ear this way)
29. GKWLDOTFOS - Good King Wenceslas (looked down, on the Feast of Stephen)
30. UOTHRPOJGOSC - Up On The Housetop (reindeer pause. Out jumps good old Santa Claus)
31. IHABCWY - (I'll Have A) Blue Christmas (without you)
32. WUNWTAGC - (LSN) Way Up North Where The Air Gets Cold (Little Saint Nick)
33. JHTSBRTTT - Sleigh Ride (Just hear those sleigh bells ring-a-ling, ting, ting, ting-a-ling)
34. CTTMPRPPP - Little Drummer Boy (Come, they told me, pa rum pum pum pum)

The complete catalog of gifts in the old Christmas carol "The Twelve Days of Christmas" today would cost you a total of $15,231.72. J. Patrick Bradley, chief economist at Provident National Bank in Philadelphia, figures the breakdown of prices for the 12 days as follows:

One partridge in a pear tree, $27.48 (partridge, $15; pear tree, $12.48)
Two turtle doves, $50
Three french hens, $15
Four calling birds, $280
Five gold rings, $600
Six geese-a-laying, $150
Seven swans-a-swimming, $7,000
Eight maids-a-milking, $30.40
Nine ladies dancing, $2,417.90
Ten lords-a-leaping, $2,686,56
Eleven pipers piping, $947.70
Twelve drummers drumming, $1,026.68

(update - be sure to check out the comments for some clarifications of several items in this post)

quotation...

"You never know whose heart God is touching or what 'language' He's using to speak to them." - Dr. Drew Conley

=^..^= =^..^=
Rob

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4 Comments on “Christmas caroling”

  1. #1 Deb
    on Dec 19th, 2007 at 7:51 am

    Rob, I know the folks you caroled to were blessed and your efforts to bring them a bit of cheer will long be remembered. We’ve only had carolers at our door once before; it was when we were new to the Valley, and a family of 6 (we can see their home in the far distance over on another ridge) came to our door and sang. I will ALWAYS remember it. How very special that they picked us! (You have to know you’re coming to our house and make an effort to do it to get here…in other words, we aren’t just the next house along the street.) So, be encouraged that you definitely encouraged someone when you sang. 🙂

  2. #2 Rob
    on Dec 19th, 2007 at 1:12 pm

    This comment came in from Jean:

    Sorry! Patrick Bradley is all off!!!. It’s true that a partidge in a pear tree might cost less than $20—but according to the song, on the second day of Christmas the true love got another partridge in a pear tree–plus something else—–and so on. By the end of the twelfth day, the gifts were pretty pricey!

  3. #3 mzundercover
    on Dec 26th, 2007 at 11:39 pm

    yeah but…the price quoted above seems to be the price for *only* the 12th day of christmas! according to the song, the 12 days of christmas costs a whole lot more than $15k!! think about it….true love gets a partridge in a pear tree 12 times ($27.48×12=$329.76), 2 turtle doves 11 times ($50×11=$550), 3 french hens 10 times ($15×10=$150) etc.

    in any case i’d hate to be the recipient of all those bleepin BIRDS! 🙂

    merry belated christmas…
    ~mz

  4. #4 Rob
    on Jan 1st, 2008 at 9:31 am

    I have heard from several people that they, like me, had never heard of song number 32 – Little Saint Nick. So I did what almost all Internet users would do – I did a Google Search for that song title. I not only learned that it’s an old Beach Boys song from an album they put out in 1964 (info – thanks to Wikipedia) but also I found several clips on YouTube of the Beach Boys performing this number. When I heard it, I immediately remembered hearing it – sometime in the last millennium – probably in a Coca Cola ad. I could not have told you the title if you’d played the song for me, but I think I might have recognized the Beach Boys sound and been able to identify the performers. It would definitely not figure into even my long list of Christmas songs I enjoy and love to hear and sing again and again!!! 🙂