Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas, everyone! While these two holidays don’t have a whole lot in common, Ruckus and I decided to find out what they *do* have in common. We turned to Wikipedia for some fun facts, and discovered an entire section devoted to Christmas Songs. It turns out that there are quite a few Christmas songs that were written by Jewish songwriters. Who knew?
In an effort to share our newfound knowledge with our friends and family, we made a trivia game and had everyone play it at our Chrismukkah party last year. And then we thought that we’d share it with you so that you can play with your friends and family while you’re waiting for Santa to arrive. Or the takeout.
This trivia game has 7 questions, and 8 answers. It’s a PDF that can be printed out 2 per page, and the rest is up to you. You can do teams, you can do individual players, and you can even decide if you want to award the winner a prize. Here are the answers:
Bing Crosby sang this best-selling Christmas song of all time in the movie Holiday Inn: White Christmas
20-year-old Mel Tormé wrote this hit to wish kids from 1 to 92 a Merry Christmas: The Christmas Song
This unlikely Christmas hero has his own theme song and stop-motion movie: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
These two carols celebrate wintertime activities, but don’t mention Christmas: Winter Wonderland and Let It Snow
This song details a Christmas list that includes gifts such as furs, yachts, and decorations from Tiffany’s: Santa Baby
In this song, Perry Como sings, “From Atlantic to Pacific, gee the traffic is terrific!”: Home for the Holidays
This song was originally written to honor WWII soldiers overseas who longed to be home at Christmastime: I’ll Be Home for Christmas
Need a tiebreaker? Every song from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was written by the same dude, Jonny Marks. So, have them name another song from the movie, like “Holly Jolly Christmas” or “Silver and Gold.”