The true meaning of Christmas songs

The true meaning of Christmas songs
Years ago, a co-worker of mine here at the Plain Talk and I began talking about music – specifically the lyrics of songs we both heard repeatedly on the radio while growing up.

I admitted that I was terrible at deciphering what some of the artists were singing. The words of rock songs, in particular, were often mangled in my head. This is no joke. I admitted, when The Beatles tune Paperback Writer began playing through the tinny speaker on my dad's Chevrolet, I swore they were singing Take a Back Right Turn.

Well, for more than a month now, our days have been a little brighter thanks to the familiar Christmas carols being played by radio stations.


But … just how familiar are they???

Try this quiz to see just how much you know about Christmas music.

1. Why does a little boy sing, in one very popular holiday song, "It seems so long since I could say, "Sister Susie sitting on a thistle!"

A. He's fresh out of thistles.

B. Susie won't play with him anymore.

C. His mom has put him in time out.

D. He's missing his two front teeth.

2. What does the song Deck the Halls describe?

A. Adorning homes with boughs of holly and spreading Christmas cheer.

B. Students placing Christmas art in the hallways of their schools.

C. Singing Fa la la la la la la la!

D. Decking members of the Hall family who are trying to steal Black Friday bargains from you in your favorite retail store.

3. In Sleigh Ride, the snow is falling and friends are calling -

A. Who calls anymore? They're texting.

B. Get out of the snow! Do you LIKE pneumonia?

C. Merry Christmas!

D. Yoo hoo!

4. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas says our troubles will:

A. Be small if gas prices would go down.

B. Aren't worth worrying about.

C. Will be out of sight and miles away.

D. Hurt a lot less if I hadn't fallen off the roof while hanging lights.

5. The Christmas Song refers to "folks dressed up like -

A. Santa

B. Eskimos

C. Elvis

D. Harry Potter

6.What does the woman who sings Santa Baby ask him to slip under her Christmas tree?

A. A table saw

B. Maple syrup

C. Her two front teeth

D. A sable

7. Jingle Bell Rock tells us it's a bright time, the right time to:

A. Make a snowman

B. Make a snow angel

C. Shovel snow from the driveway

D. Rock the night away

8. What were the last words of Frosty the Snowman?

A. Could you set your hair dryer on high and point it right at me?

B. Any egg nog left??

C. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

D. I'll be back again someday.

Hope you aren't taking this test too seriously. I mean, if you thought you'd see the answers printed down here, you have another think coming.

Christmas is only four days away. May that day be filled with family, friends and God's blessings.

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