The Holiday Quiz: Holiday Songs

1. EASY: In a very popular holiday song, what did a little boy see his mommy doing underneath the mistletoe last night?

A. Assembling a train set

B. Kissing Santa Claus

C. Wrapping gifts

D. Sharpening pencils

2. NOT SO EASY: There’s a great saxaphone solo in whose version of Santa Claus Is Coming to Town?

A. Roger Daltrey’s

B. Pat Boone’s

C. Bruce Springsteen’s

D. The Bangles’

3. EASY: Who had a Blue Christmas in 1957?

A. Elvis Presley

B. Billy Eckstine

C. Doye O’Dell

D. Ernest Tubb

4. NOT SO EASY: Which of the following is NOT a song title?

A. All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth

B. All I Want for Christmas Is My Upper Plate

C. All I Want for Christmas Is a Real Good Man

D. All I Want for Christmas is You

5. EASY: In Lou Monte’s 1960 song, who is the Italian Christmas donkey?

A. Donny

B. Dominick

C. Dino

D. Danny

6. NOT SO EASY: The 12 Gifts of Christmas hit №5 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in 1963. Who wrote and performed the song?

A. Allan Sherman

B. Pat Boone

C. Paul McCartney

D. George Harrison

7. EASY: Eartha Kitt, Madonna and Taylor Swift all told Santa that they’ve been good girls in what song?

A. Santa Baby

B. Merry Christmas Baby

C. Lonely This Christmas

D. The Man with All the Toys

8. NOT SO EASY: Clement Moore’s 1823 poem A Visit from St. Nicholas also is known as The Night Before Christmas. Who recorded Twas the Night After Christmas?

A. Jeff Foxworthy

B. Redd Foxx

C. Jim Carrey

D. Mariah Carey

9. EASY: Christmas Don’t Be Late won three Grammies in 1958. Who recorded it?

A. The Monkees

B. The Chipmunks

C. The Smothers Brothers

D. The Archies

10. NOT SO EASY: Who recorded Christmastime in New Orleans?

A. Arlene Francis

B. Lady Gaga

C. Louis Armstrong

D. Elmo and Patsy

That’s the last of our four quizzes. Hope you scored well. Happy Holidays!


1. B C’mon. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus is the name of the 1952 hit sung by 13-year-old Jimmy Boyd. 2. C Bruce Springsteen’s version of the classic holiday pop song really rocks, especially when Clarence Clemons’ sax takes over. 3. A The King released his version in 1957, but all the other artists named recorded the song, too. 4. C One word was changed from the actual song. Kenny Chesney recorded All I Want for Christmas Is a Real Good Tan” in 2003. All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth, recorded by Spike Jones and His City Slickers, was a №1 in 1948. All I Want for Christmas Is My My Upper Plate was waxed by Homer and Jethro in 1968. All I want for Christmas Is You has been recorded by several artists, including Mariah Carey. 5. B Dominick 6. A Allan Sherman, whose more famous Hello Muddah, Hellow Faddah was a hit earlier the same year. 7. A Santa Baby, but the others are Christmas songs, too. 8. A Jeff Foxworthy, who bemoaned a tough holiday in his trailer. 9. B It also was known as The Chipmunk Song. It was written by Ross Bagdasarian Sr., who did all the high-pitched chipmunk voices, too. 10. C Louis Armstrong.


Give yourself 1 point for every easy question you answered correctly. Give yourself 3 points for every not so easy question answered correctly.

17–20 points: You started listening to Christmas music in October, didn’t you?

13–16 points: You probably know all the words to God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.

9–12 points: You know the first lines of many holiday songs, but you generally just hum along.

5–8 points: Turn on the radio now and then.

0–4 points: Besides Jingle Bells, whadya know?