Do your friends and family know holiday music?
Here's a way to put them to the test. There are enough brain teasers below to give you a question a day right through Christmas.
The answers are under the Christmas tree.
1 - What was the original title of Jingle Bells?
2 - What was the original title of Silver Bells?
3 - Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer had its start as a poem written for what company?
4 - What Christmas song was written as a response to the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis (and therefore to the threat of nuclear war)?
5 - What Christmas song has the same melody as the state song of Maryland?
6 - The writers of Frosty the Snowman composed what song heard at Easter time?
7 - According to the complete lyrics, in what city would you find the singer of White Christmas?
8 - The same writing team that created the theme from Mr. Ed produced what Christmas song?
9 - Two students at California State University in Long Beach made a popular holiday song out of lyrics written by the school's choir director. Who were the students and what was the song?
10 - I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus was written for what company?
11 - What Christmas song has nearly the same melody as Stewball, an old folk song about a racehorse?
12 - What Christmas song is based on a poem by Longfellow?
13 - What Christmas song was co-written by one of the composers of the theme song for Gilligan's Island?
14 - Words composed by a wine merchant gave birth to what reverent Christmas carol?
15 - How old was Brenda Lee when she recorded Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree?
16 - What do these five holiday songs have in common: Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree, Holly Jolly Christmas, and Run, Run Rudolph?
17 - Several members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have written songs we hear every holiday season. Name as many as you can.
1 - James Lord Pierpont copyrighted the song in 1857 under the title One Horse Open Sleigh.
2 - Until an alternate meaning for the word "tinkle" was pointed out, the song was called Tinkle Bells.
3 - Montgomery Ward
4 - Do You Hear What I Hear?
5 - O Tannenbaum
6 - Here Comes Peter Cottontail
7 - "Beverly Hills, L.A."
8 - Silver Bells (Jay Livingston and Ray Evans also wrote Que Sera Sera and the theme to Bonanza)
9 - Karen and Richard Carpenter were the students; the song was Merry Christmas Darling.
10 - Saks Fifth Avenue, which used the song to promote the company's 1952 Christmas card.
11 - John Lennon's Happy Xmas (War is Over)
12 - I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
13 - It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
14 - Frenchman Placide Cappeau, a wine seller by trade, was asked by his parish priest to compose a poem for Christmas mass. The result was Cantique de Noel. Monsieur Cappeau had a friend put it to music. The song, with that melody, has been translated into many languages. The most common English version became the carol O Holy Night.
15 - Thirteen
16 - They were all written by the same guy. Johnny Marks (who was Jewish).
17 - Here are nine (tell me who I missed!):
John Lennon: Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
Paul McCartney: Wonderful Christmastime
Elton John: Step Into Christmas
Beach Boys Brian Wilson & Mike Love: Little St. Nick and The Man With All The Toys
Songwriters Phil Spector, Ellie Greenwich & Jeff Barry: Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
Blue singer Charles Brown: Please Come Home for Christmas