For several years Hannah and I have begun listening to Christmas music in October. How else can we listen to a large selection of carols spanning more than six centuries? Last year we memorized “Good King Wenceslas” and this year we’re memorizing “King Jesus Hath a Garden.” Hannah can sing this Bohemian king’s name beautifully but I’m Wenceslas-challenged and usually mangle it, much to her amusement.
Several years ago Reader’s Digest published an article named “Can you name that tune?” Here’s a few of their clues to well-known Christmas songs to test your decoding skills.
1. Twelve o’clock on a clement night witnessed its arrival.
2. The Christmas preceding all others.
3. Small municipality in Judea south of Jerusalem.
4. Omnipotent supreme being who elicits respite in distinguished males.
5. Tintinnabulation of vacillating pendulums in inverted, metallic, resonant cups.