Saturday, December 24, 2016

Christmas Contest

I want to wish you all of you who celebrate a very merry Christmas! May you enjoy spending time with family and friends and celebrating Christ's birth.

In the spirit of the season, I have a little game for us to play. I have pasted one or two lines from 15 popular Christmas songs. Grab a pen and paper, and see how quickly you can figure out the names of all the songs. In the comments section below, post the answers and the time it took to get them. I'll wait until Monday to release the comments so everyone has a chance to play. The winner will receive a special late Christmas gift. Ready, Set, Go!



1. Good tidings we bring for you and your kin

2. Seven swans a swimming

3. Faithful friends who are dear to us

4. While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains

5. Long lay the world in sin and error pining, 'til He appeared and the soul felt its worth

6. In your palace walls, mighty king

7. The fire is slowly dying

8. Bless all the dear children in they tender care

9. Bells are ringin', children singin', all is merry and bright

10. The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight

11. Bells on bobtail ring

12. And wild and sweet the words repeat of peace on earth, good will to men

13. Sing we joyous, all together

14. Words of good cheer, from everywhere, filling the air

15. Hear the snow crunch, see the kids bunch

43 comments:

  1. Anonymous12/24/2016


    1. WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS
    2. 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS
    3. HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS
    4. JOY TO THE WORLD
    5. OH HOLY NIGHT
    6. DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR?
    7. LET IT SNOW! LET IT SNOW! LET IT SNOW!
    8. AWAY IN A MANGER
    9. HERE COME SANTA CLAUS
    10. OH LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM
    11. JINGLE BELLS
    12. I HEARD THE BELLS ON CHRISTMAS DAY
    13. SING WE JOYOUS ALL TOGETHER
    14. CAROL OF THE BELLS
    15. SILVER BELLS

    Laura

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  2. Brooke M.12/24/2016

    1. We Wish You a Merry Christmas
    2. The Twelve Days of Christmas
    3. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
    4. Joy to The World
    5. Oh Holy Night
    6. Do You Hear What I Hear?
    7. Let it Snow!
    8. Away In A Manger
    9. Here Comes Santa Claus
    10. Oh Little Town of Bethlehem
    11. Jingle Bells
    12. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
    13. Sing We Joyous?
    14. Carol of The Bells
    15. Silver Bells

    It took me about 4-5 minutes to complete this. It was a ton of fun, Ellie! Thanks. :)

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  3. Anonymous12/24/2016

    Hi Ellie, I love reading yours and the Duggars blog!! Thought I would try the contest :)
    1. Wish you a merry Christmas
    2. 12 days of Christmas
    3. Have yourself a merry little Christmas
    4. Joy to the world
    5. O holy night
    6. Do you hear what I hear
    7. Let it snow
    8. Away in a manager
    9. Here comes Santa Claus
    10. O little town of Bethlehem
    11. Jingle bells
    12. I heard the bells on Christmas Day
    13. Deck the halls
    14. Carol of the bells
    15. Silver bells

    -Anna

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  4. BeautifulDay12/24/2016

    1 We Wish You a Merry Christmas
    2 10 Days of Christmas
    3 Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
    4 Joy to the World
    5 O Holy Night
    6 Don't know
    7 Let it Snow
    8 Away in a Manger
    9 Don't know
    10 O Little Town of Bethlehem
    11 Jingle Bells
    12 Don't know
    13 Don't know
    14 Carol of the Bells
    15 Silver Bells

    It took me 3 minutes and 45 seconds to figure it out. There are 3 I didn't recognize. Very tempted to use Google...but I didn't. :) Very fun game, thanks!

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  5. Took me 2 minutes.
    Songs:
    1. We wish you a merry Christmas
    2. 12 Days of Christmas
    3. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
    4. Joy to the World
    5. Oh Holy Night
    6. Do You Hear What I Hear
    7. Let it Snow
    8. Away in a Manger
    9. Santa Claus is Coming to Town
    10. Oh Little Town of Bethlehem
    11. Jingle Bells
    12. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
    13. Hark the Herald Angels Sing (now I realize it's Deck the Halls, but I'll stick with my original guess.)
    14. Carol of the Bells
    15. Silver Bells

    awesome game!

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  6. Anonymous12/24/2016

    Dear Ellie, you said "enjoy Christ's birth", but I am wondering if you can clarify where in the Bible it shows that Jesus was born on Dec 25th and that he even wants us to celebrate his birthday. From my study of the Bible I've only seen that Jesus wants us to commemorate his death and what his ransom means for us. (After the Lord's evening meal, he said "do this in remembrance of me", and later Paul wrote of the first century Christians commemorating that). But I've never come across Christ's birth date, or of his followers celebrating it. So I'm genuinely curious as to what you are basing your beliefs on.

    Thank-you!

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    1. Anonymous12/26/2016

      We celebrate His birth because it is the most improtant moment in history-the moment God came to earth as fully man and fully God. A short answer as to when or why we celebrate is that Mary would most likely have shared His birthday with the other early Christians. Again, we celebrate the miracle of Christ's love for us and the fact that he became man to give hope to the human race. Without His birth, there would be no Lord's Supper, no crucifixion. There would be no salvation through His resurrection and ascension. The Holy Spirit would not have descended on the Apostles and Mary, and they in turn would not have preached the good news to all corners of the land. Out of Christmas comes Easter. Hope this helps! I'll be praying for you :) Merry CHRISTmas!

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    2. Anonymous12/26/2016

      It's the date set by an early Pope and leaders of Rome. It coincides with darkness and the rebirth of light around the solstice, along with Roman, pagan, and other festivals held that time of year. You're not going to find that info in the Bible, so it's better to turn to a history book in this case.

      I've never heard of any Protestant or Catholic church wanting to cancel Christmas celebrations because there's no commandment to celebrate in the Bible. Whatever Bible study you've been doing seems to be taking things quite literally. Why wouldn't you celebrate this birth?

      As far as the actual birth date, who knows. Historical signs point to possibly sometime in the spring, but then the Catholic church celebrates the Annunciation on March 25th. So March 25 plus 9 months for a baby = December 25.

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    3. Anonymous12/26/2016

      I totally agree!!! Christ never said to celebrate His birth.

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    4. That's a good question. Glad you asked it. :) I'm not sure why December 25th was chosen as the day to celebrate, but you're correct that the Bible doesn't specifically state that date as the day Christ was born. Christmas is a time to reflect on what Christ did for us when He came to Earth, and as long as that is the focus of the season, I don't see anything wrong with celebrating. I think it's great that the whole world celebrates on the same day (even if it's not the exact date Christ was born) because it allows Christians everywhere to be connected to one another. Anyways, those are my thoughts. :)

      Ellie

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    5. Anonymous12/27/2016

      Decemember 25th was chosen because it was already a pagan holiday, and somewhere along the line someone decided to "Christianize" it by combining the celebration of Christ's birth with a pre-existing holiday. Kinda like celebrating your birthday on a holiday that honors your worst enemy.

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  7. 1) We Wish You a Merry Christmas
    2) The Twelve days of Christmas
    3) Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
    4) Joy to the World
    5) O Holy Night
    6) Do you Hear What I Hear?
    7) Let it Snow
    8) ??
    9) Here Comes Santa Clause
    10) O Little Town of Bethlehem
    11) Jingle Bells
    12) Angels from the Realms of Glory
    13) ??
    14) Carol of the Bells
    15) Silver Bells

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  8. Took me 10 minutes

    1. We wish you a merry Christmas
    2. Twelve days of Christmas
    3. Have yourself a merry little Christmas
    4. Joy to the world
    5. O holy night
    6. Do you hear what I hear
    7. Let it snow
    8. Away in a manger
    9. Here comes Santa Claus
    10. O little town of Bethlehem
    11. Jingle bells
    12. It came upon a midnight clear
    13. Deck the halls
    14. Carol of the bells
    15. Silver bells

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  9. 1. We wish you a merry Christmas
    2. 12 Days of Christmas
    3. White Christmas
    4. Joy to the World
    5. Oh Holy Night
    6. Do you Hear what I hear
    7. Let it Snow
    8. Away in a Manager
    9. It's Christmas Time
    10. Silent Night
    11. Jingle Bells
    12. I heard the bells on Christmas Day
    13. Deck the Halls
    14. Carol of the Bells
    15. Silver Bells

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  10. 1) Wish you a Merry Christmas 1 minute
    2) 12 Days of Christmas 1 minute
    3) Have your self a Merry Christmas little Christmas
    4) Joy to the world 1 minute
    5) O Holy Night 1 minute
    6) Do you hear what I hear 1 minute
    7) let it snow 1 minute
    8) Away in the Manger 1 minute
    9) here comes Santa Claus 1 minute
    10) O Little town of Bethlehem 1 minute
    11) jingle bells 1 minute
    12) I heard the bells on Christmas day 1 minute
    13) Deck the Halls 1 minute
    14) Carol of bells 1 minute
    15) silver bells 1 minute


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  11. Thanks Ellie. This was fun. Here are my answers. It took me 3 minutes, 11.77 seconds.
    (I had to consult Google on a couple of them.)
    1. We Wish You a Merry Christmas
    2. 12 Days of Christmas
    3. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
    4. Joy to the World
    5. O Holy Night
    6. Good King Wenceslas
    7. Let It Snow
    8. Away in a Manger
    9. Here Comes Santa Claus
    10. O Little Town of Bethlehem
    11. Jingle Bells
    12. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
    13. Deck the Halls
    14. Carol of the Bells
    15. Silver Bells

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  12. Anonymous12/24/2016

    1. We wish you a merry Christmas
    2.12 days of Christmas
    3.have yourself a merry little Christmas
    4. Joy to the world
    5.o holy night
    6. Do you hear what I hear
    7. Let it snow
    8. Away in a manger
    9.here comes Santa Claus
    10. O little town of Bethlehem
    11.jingle bells
    12. I heard the bells on Christmas Day
    13.deck the halls
    14. Carol of the bells
    15.silver bells

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  13. 1. Merry Christmas
    2. 12 days of Christmas
    3. Have yourself a merry little christmas
    4. Joy to the World
    5. O holy night
    6. Do you hear what I hear
    7. Let it snow
    8. Away in a manger
    9. Here comes Santa Claus
    10. O little town of Bethlehem
    11. Jingle Bells
    12. I heard the bells on Christmas day
    13. Sing we joyous all together
    14. Carol of the Bells
    15. Silver bells

    It took me 45 seconds to guess all of my answers and 4 minutes to type in up.
    I listen to Christmas music all day every day since the beginning of November, so yeah big Christmas fan.

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  14. 1. We Wish you a merry Christmas
    2. 12 days of Christmas
    3. Have yourself a merry little Christmas
    4.Joy to the world
    5.O holy night
    6. Do you hear what I hear?
    7. Let It Snow
    8. Away In a Manger
    9. Here Comes Santa Clause
    10. O Little Town of Bethlehem
    Jingle bells
    12. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
    13. Deck the Halls
    14. Carol of the Bells
    15. Silver Bells
    It took me 47 seconds to recognize while my son quizzed / timed me from my iPad in the van, but nearly 3 minutes to write down! Ha ha. What a fun quiz.

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  15. 1) we wish you a merry Christmas
    2) 12 days of Christmas
    3) have yourself a merry little Christmas
    4) Joy to the world
    5) o Holy Night
    6) do you hear what I hear?
    7) let it snow
    8) away in the Manger
    9) here comes Santa clause
    10) o little town of Bethlehem
    11) jingle bells
    12) I heard the bells on Christmas day
    13) deck the halls
    14) carol of the bells
    15) silver bells

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  16. I didn't post the time before, took about 7 minutes

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  17. 1. Wassail Bowl
    2. 12 days of Christmas
    3. Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas
    4. Joy to the World!
    5. Old Holy Night
    6. Do you hear what I hear?
    7 Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!
    8. Away in the Manager
    9. Santa Claus is Coming Tonight
    10. Oh Come All Ye Faithful
    11. Jingle Bells
    12. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
    13. Deck the Halls
    14. There's A Song in the Air
    15. Silver Bell

    This took about 13 minutes and it was fun (I did it on Christmas Eve) THANK YOU

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  18. Anonymous12/24/2016

    1: We wish you a merry Christmas
    2: The twelve days of Christmas
    3: Have yourself a Merry little Christmas
    4: Joy to the world
    5: O holy night
    6:Do you Hear what I hear?
    7: Let it Snow!
    8:Away in a manger
    9: Here comes Santa Claus
    10:O little town of Bethlehem
    11:Jingle Bells
    12:I heard the bells on Christmas Day
    13:Sing we joyous, all together
    14:Carol of the Bells
    15:Silver Bells

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  19. Katja B.12/24/2016

    1. We wish you a Merry Christmas - 10 seconds
    2. On the first day of Christmas - 5 seconds
    3. Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas - 1 minute
    4. Joy to the World - 10 seconds
    5. Oh Holy Night - 1 minute
    6. Do you know what I know - 4 seconds
    7. Let it snow - 1 minute
    8. Away in a Manger - 5 minutes
    9. Here Comes Santa Claus 2 minutes
    10. O Little Town of Bethlehem - 3 minutes
    11. Jingle Bells - 3 seconds
    12. I heard the bells on Christmas Day - 5 minutes
    13. Deck the Halls - 1 second
    14. Carol of the Bells - 8 minutes
    15. Silver Bells - 2 minutes

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  20. Amanda Lade12/25/2016

    1. We Wish You a Merry Christmas
    2. 12 Days of Christmas
    3. ? (can't remember)
    4. Joy to the World
    5. O Holy Night
    6. ? (can't remember)
    7. Let It Snow
    8. Away in a Manger
    9. ? (can't remember)
    10. O Little Town of Bethlehem
    11. Jingle Bells
    12. I Heard the Bell on Christmas Day
    13. Deck the Halls
    14. ? (can't remember)
    15. Silver Bells
    (Time: 5-8 min.)

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  21. 1. We Wish You a Merry Christmas
    2. Twelve Days of Christmas
    3. Have Yourself a Merry a little Christmas
    4. Joy to the World
    5. O Holy Night
    6. Do You hear What I Hear
    7. Let it Snow
    8. Away in the Manger
    9. Here Comes Santa Claus
    10. O Little Town of Bethlehem
    11. Jingle Bells
    12. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
    13. Deck the Halls
    14. Carol of the Bells
    15. Silver Bells

    Time: 10 minutes 15 seconds

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  22. Anonymous12/25/2016

    Anonymous: All you have to do is read Luke's account of the birth of Jesus Christ to see how God the Father celebrated the incarnation with angels singing glory to God in the highest! The actual date doesn't matter. Christians celebrate Jesus' birth and thank God for the gift of the Messiah! If you celebrate peoples birthdays, why wouldn't you celebrate God's greatest gift to us all? (there are lots of things that are not specifically commanded=celebrating birthdays is one of them!)

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  23. Everyone interrupts the bible and its teachings in various ways. It's important to remember this and not be judgmental towards those who may see something in a different light to ourselves.

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    1. Anonymous12/27/2016

      Just as it's important to remember that not everything in human history is going to be recorded in a Bible. There are other truths.

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  24. Anonymous12/26/2016

    1. We wish you a merry christmas
    2. 12 days of Christmas
    3. have yourself a merry little Christmas
    4. Joy to the World
    5. Oh Holy Night
    6. Do you hear what I hear
    7. Let it snow, Let it snow, Let it snow
    8. Away in a Manger
    9. Here Comes Santa Clause
    10. Oh little town of Bethlehem
    11. Jingle Bells
    12. I heard the bells on christmas day
    13. Sing we joyous altogether
    14. carol of the bells
    15 silver bells

    Thank you so much, Ellie for putting this together!! it took me 4 minutes and 32 seconds exactly!! My husband timed me:)


    Merry Christmas, Ellie :)
    Love, Eva

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  25. Took me 2 minutes 18 seconds ��
    1. We Wish You a Merry Christmas
    2. The Twelve Days of Christmas
    3. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
    4. Joy to the World
    5. O Holy Night
    6. Do You Hear What I Hear?
    7. Let It Snow
    8. Away in a Manger
    9. Here Comes Santa Claus
    10. O Little Town of Bethlehem
    11. Jingle Bells
    12. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
    13. Deck the Halls
    14. Carol of the Bells
    15. Silver Bells

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  26. Anonymous12/26/2016

    There would never have been an Easter if it wasn't for his birth. It was prophesied 100's of years before his birth to look for the coming Messiah. The time of his birth was so exciting that angels came down to sing about it. I'm with the angels - I want to sing of his birth, celebrate it and be very grateful.

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  27. Anonymous12/26/2016

    Yes Christ wasn't born on December 25th but that's when we celebrate his birth. Thus"celebrating Christ's birth".

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  28. Anonymous12/26/2016

    Let's just reflect on the awesome gift God gave us when he sent his son for us. It doesnt matter that we may not have a specific date. Calendars changed since then. And tho the Bible didn't tell us to keep this day in remembrance of Him we do bc we Love him. We remember birthdays, anniversaries, etc. So how much more would we as believers want to celebrate the birth and coming of our Saviour. Let's remember the reason for the season.

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  29. Anonymous12/26/2016

    Thank you for the fun game and reminder on what we are really celebrating...Christ's birth. Happy New Year...Bonnie

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  30. 1. We wish you a merry Christmas: 1 sec
    2. 12 days of Christmas: 1 sec
    3. Have yourself a merry little Christmas: 1 sec
    4. Joy to the world: 1 sec
    5. Oh holy night: 1 sec
    6. Do you hear what I hear: 3 sec
    7. Let it snow: 1 sec
    8. Away in a manger: a minute, couldn't remember at all!
    9. Here comes santa clause: 3 sec
    10. O little town of Bethlehem: same situation as away in a manger lol
    11. Jingle bells! 1 sec
    12. I heard the bells on Christmas Day: didn't get it
    13. Deck the halls: couldn't get it either
    14. Silver bells: 1 sec

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  31. What a fun quiz! I had to use the help of the internet for some of the songs lol ;) Here are my answers:
    1. We Wish You A Merry Christmas
    2. 12 Days of Christmas
    3. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
    4. Joy To The World
    5. O Holy Night
    6. Do You Hear What I Hear?
    7. Let It Snow
    8. Away In A Manger
    9. Here Comes Santa Claus
    10. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
    11. Jingle Bells
    12. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
    13. Deck the Halls
    14. Carol of the Bells
    15. Silver Bells

    Thank you for your testimony for the Lord!
    Hope you had a Merry Christmas! Blessings for a wonderful new year!

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  32. 1) we wish you a merry christmas
    2) 12 days of christmas
    3) I'm dreaming of a white christmas
    4) joy to the world
    5) O holy night
    6) Do you hear what I hear
    7) Let it snow
    8) Away in a manger
    9) Here comes santa clause
    10) O little town of Bethlehem
    11) Jingle Bells
    12) I heard the bells on Christmas day
    13) Deck the halls
    14) Carol of the bells
    15) Silver Bells

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  33. Anonymous12/26/2016

    There is strong evidence to suggest that Christ was born in the fall, around September, and during the Feast of Tabernacles. Christmas is in fact a pagan holiday that was "Christianized". Jesus and His disciples therefore obviously did NOT celebrate "Christmas" - instead they celebrated and observed the seven Feasts - Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, Pentecost, Trumpets, Atonement, and Tabernacles. Are you familiar with them?

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  34. 1. We wish you a merry Christmas

    2. 12 Days of Christmas

    3. Have your self a little merry Christmas

    4. Joy to the world

    5. O holy night

    6. Do you here what I here

    7. Let it snow

    8. Away in a manger

    9. Here comes Santa

    10. Silent night

    11. Jingle bells

    12. I heard the bells on Christmas Day

    13. Sing we joyous all together

    14. Carol of the bells

    15. Silver Bells

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  35. We wish you a Merry Christmas, 12 days of Christmas, Have yourself a Merry little Christmas, Joy to the world, Oh Holy Night,Do you hear what I hear, let is snow, Away in a manger, Here comes Sanata Claus, Oh little town of Bethlehem, Jingle Bells, I heard the bells on Christmas day, Deck the halls, Carol of the bells, and Silver Bells.

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  36. Elizabeth Litton12/26/2016

    1. We Wish You a Merry Christmas
    2. 12 Days of Christmas
    3. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
    4. Joy to the World
    5. Oh Holy Night
    6. Do You Hear What I Hear
    7. Let It Snow, Let It Snow
    8. Away In a Manger
    9. Here Comes Santa Claus
    10. Oh Come All Ye Faithful
    11. Jingle Bells
    12. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
    13. Deck the Halls
    14. Carol of the Bells
    15. Silver Bells

    Numbers 3,6,9,13, and 14 took me at least half-an-hour or more to get. The other ten were no problem--maybe about five minutes for them.

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  37. Anonymous12/27/2016

    1. We Wish You A Merry Christmas
    2. 12 Days of Christmas
    3. ??
    4. Joy To The World
    5. O Holy Night
    6. ??
    7. ??
    8. Away In A Manger
    9. Here Comes Santa Claus
    10. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
    11. Jingle Bells
    12. I Heard The Bells on Christmas Day
    13. ??
    14. Carol Of The Bells
    15. ??

    I don't know many of the non-carol Christmas songs (it seems strange to me to be playing songs about snow when the temp on Christmas day is about 40C!). I hope you had a lovely time celebrating God becoming man.

    Lorinda

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