Saturday, December 16, 2017

Prompt #301 – Happy Holidays!

This week, let’s have a look at language using alternative titles for time-honored Christmas and other seasonal songs. This is just for fun—feel free to copy, paste, and print to enjoy with family members and friends during your holiday celebrations. The answers are posted below after a poetry prompt for this week (but don’t peek until you’ve tried to name all the songs)!


Can You Name These Christmas Carols?

1. Ah, Approach, Everyone Who Is Steadfast (or, Ah, Loyal Followers Advance)

2. Far Off in a Feeder

3. Hey, Minuscule Urban Area of Southwest Jerusalem

4. Icy, the Humanoid Solid Precipitation Sculpture

5. Do You Auscultate As I?

6. Ag Chimes

7.  Ah, Liturgical Evening

8. Individual Visualization of Matriarch Smooching Red-Suited, Sleigh-Driving Guy

9.  God Grant Relaxation to You Jolly Fellows

10. Heavenly Beings from the Areas of Magnificence

11. Arrival at 2400 Hours in Cloudless Weather

12. The Bantam Youthful Male Percussionist

13. Father Christmas is on the Way to the Borough

14. Ecstasy Toward the Planet

15. The Dozen Intervals between Sunrise and Sunset Related to the 25th Day of the 12th Month

16. Us, a Monarchical Trio Who Originated Near the Ascent of Apollo

17. I’m Fantasizing Concerning a Blanched Yuletide

18. The Initial Christmas

19. Noiseless Nocturnal Period

20. Listen, the Foretelling Spirits Harmonize

21. Array the Corridors

22. The Sum of My Yuletide Yearnings is Two Anterior Incisors

23. Query Regarding the Identity of Descendant

24. The Quadruped with the Vermilion Proboscis

25. Frozen Precipitation Command or Allow Crystalline Formations to Descend

26. Ebullient Elderly Saint who was Bishop of Myra

27. Ringing Chimes

28. At This Juncture Arrives the Jolly Old Elf.

29. The Appearance of Christ’s Natal Day is Commencing

30. Ah, Drawing Close Permit Us to Worship Him


This Week's Prompt: Try Writing a Holiday Poem

1. Write about a holiday from your past (dig deeply into family memories).
2. Write a poem in which you compare winter holidays of the past, present, and/or future.
3. Write about seasonal ghosts that haunt you.
4. Write about people from your past who are no longer with you and how that impacts your present holiday season; or, write about one special person with whom you always associate the winter holidays.
5. Write about aspects of winter holiday traditions that remain part of your annual celebrations.
6. Write about the faith and/or cultural aspects of your winter holidays.
7. Write about one unforgettable winter holiday.
8. Write about holiday food treats and how they sweeten your memories.
9. Write about a holiday song that replays in your mind because of its associations (or, write your own words to a Christmas carol or other winter holiday song).
10. Write a poem based on an old Christmas, Hanukkah, or other winter holiday photograph.
11. Write about a historical holiday-time event.
12. Write about a winter holiday yet to come. You might consider a fantasy poem with a futuristic sensibility.


 Christmas Carol Quiz Answers

1. Oh, Come All Ye Faithful
2. Away in A Manger
3. Oh, Little Town of Bethlehem
4. Frosty the Snowman
5. Do You Hear What I Hear?
6. Silver Bells
7. Oh, Holy Night
8. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
9. God Rest You Merry Gentlemen
10. Angels from the Realms of Glory
11. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
12. The Little Drummer Boy
13. Santa Claus is Coming to Town
14. Joy to the World
15. The Twelve Days of Christmas
16. We Three Kings of Orient Are
17. I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas
18. The First Noel
19. Silent Night
20. Hark, the Herald Angels Sing
21. Deck the Halls
22. All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth
23. What Child is This?
24. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
25. Let it Snow
26. Jolly Old St. Nicholas
27. Jingle Bells
28. Here Comes Santa Claus
29. It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
30. Oh, Come let Us Adore Him


To All My Blog Readers

I wish all my blog readers happy and healthy holidays and the best blessings of this festive season. May the the coming year bring you good health, much happiness, and all the things that you love! I’ll resume posting on Saturday, January 13, 2018! In the meantime, celebrate the season!


  1. Love the pic of you and your puppy! This is a great post. I'm going to copy it and print copies out for all the family members at our Christmas dinner. I know we'll have fun figuring out the song titles together. Merry Christmas!

    1. Thanks so much for your comment, Sandy! Feel free to copy and print as much as you like! So glad you like the little quiz. Happy holidays!

  2. I'm traveling out of London this Christmas season to spend time with family. Your carol quiz will be great fun to share with them. I wish you and your family a Happy Christmas and a New Year filled with good health and much joy.

    1. Thanks so much for your comment and good wishes! I wish you safe travels and a wonderful time with your family! Merry Christmas and happy New Year!

  3. Lots of fun with the carol quiz and some great suggestions for seasonal themed poems. Happy holidays, Adele!

    1. Happy holidays, Carole! Thanks for your comment and for your good wishes!