Actually, this is called a “Christmas Carol” quiz, but I think carols are supposed to be religious–indeed, I just looked it up.  So half of these aren’t carols, they’re Christmas songs. 

In any case–go to this link, take the quiz, and let me know how you do.  I missed two–and one mistake was out of sheer thick-headedness.  🙂  
And why didn’t an editor tell the writer that “Noel” is not spelled “Nowell?”  Good grief!  
Someone at the Chicago Tribune doesn’t know their Christmas carols!  Where’s an editor when you need one?  


  1. Robin Bayne

    I got an 88%–but one was a trick question. LOL Thanks for the link.

  2. Anonymous

    That was fun, but I made some stupid mistakes in answers, so I only got a 72%. Regarding “Nowell” vs. “Noel”, I think you must be very young, Angie, since my family’s Christmas Songbooks from my childhood spell Noel the long way!!! Granted this spelling has not been in print for decades. Clyde

  3. Kathy

    I missed two–92%. But A LOT of them were guesses because I hadn’t even heard of the songs!

  4. Carrie K

    Missed one, got 96%. I can’t think of a single Christmas song that has turelurelu in it!

    And we have old songbooks that say Nowell, too – I think it was an Old English way of spelling, as opposed to the French Nowel.


  5. Angela

    Wait–it just hit me! “turelurelu” is in “patapan,” I think.

    Isn’t it “turelurelu, patapatapan”–yes, that’s it.

    The Re’Generation used to sing it.

    “Willie, take your little drum, Robin, bring your fife and come, when we play the fife and drum–

    turelulreleu, patapatapan . . .

    I’m on a roll!


  6. Angela

    Well, I’ll be stuffed in a stocking. I had no idea “Noel” has ever been spelled any other way.

    And in the last two minutes, all the lyrics to “Patapan” have come flooding up from the recesses of my brain:

    Willie, take your little drum;
    Robin, bring your fife and come,
    When we hear the fife and drum,
    Tu-re-lu-re-lu, Pata-patapan,
    When we hear the fife and drum,
    Christmas shall very joyful be.

    God and man are now become
    Like as one through God’s own son,
    When you hear the fife and drum,
    Tu-re-lu-re-lu, Pata-patapan,
    When you hear the fife and drum,
    Dance and make the village hum!

    It’s actually a lovely song, an onomatopoeic– with the flute and drum being “sung.”

    ~~Angie, who listens to a LOT of Christmas music . . .

  7. Kay

    I got a 92% so I get an extra slice of fruitcake. yippee.

    The two I missed were ones I was unsure of. I hadn’t heard that verse of Jingle Bells, as far as I can recall. And the one with all the lyrics was a tough one.

    I had heard Patapan before. I can’t even remember now what my guess was.

  8. Kay

    oh, I guessed Lullay, lullay.
    What song is that from?

  9. Robin Lee Hatcher

    Angie, this was fun. I missed 3, although one was simply marking a different answer than I meant to mark. I missed the turelurelu, thinking it was from the Irish lullaby. Never heard it in a Christmas song.


  10. Julie Carobini

    How fun. I sang through the whole quiz (much to my daughter’s dismay 😉 Anyway, I got 84%, and that’s okay by me. Thanks for this…off to get some corn for popping.

  11. jan

    that was fun! i made an 84. i have to admit that your lyrics helped me out on one of the questions, though!

  12. Kathy

    I think some of these composers had a little too much eggnog before writing the lyrics!

  13. Accidental Poet

    Missed 4, but then again, I’m MUCH YOUNGER than you are 🙂


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