Sunday Quiz – Musical Christmas Critters (and Plants)

The Schrankogel, a mountain in the Stubai Alps in Austria (Photo by Henk Monster)

Dear Readers, there are certain plants and animals that we seem to associate with winter in general, and Christmas in particular, so this week let’s see if you can identify what some song lyrics are going on about. All you need to do is to identify the animal(s) or plant(s) for one point each, and the song and artist for an additional two points. Please note that some of the songs feature more than one plant or animal, and I’ll give you a clue as to how many are in the song just to help out. Also, some plants and animals are featured more than once! Confusion reigns, I’m sure, but it’s Christmas, so don’t stress!

Answers in the comments by 5 p.m. UK time on Friday 17th December please, and I’ll post the answers on Saturday 18th December. I will disappear your answers as soon as I see them, so that they don’t influence the unwary :-).

I’ll post links to the songs in the answers so you can get your Christmas/winter celebration off to a musical start!

Onwards! Let’s see how we get on.

Song Lyrics

1.There’ll be no more sobbin’ when he starts a throbbin’ his old sweet song.

(Just one creature here)

2. Oh the rising of the sun
And the running of the deer

(Two plants here folks!) 

3. Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow
Will find it hard to sleep tonight

( I can count 2 plants and 2 animals in the lyrics to this song. Let’s see how you all get on)

4. The child is a king, the carolers sing
The old has passed, there’s a new beginning
Dreams of Santa, dreams of snow
Fingers numb, faces aglow

(Two plants – one specific and one generic)

5. You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen
Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen
But do you recall
The most famous xxxxxx of all?

(One animal. But what an animal!)

6. Little xxxxx, little xxxxx
On the dusty road
Gotta keep on plodding onward
With your precious load

(One animal)

7. Have a happy holiday
Everyone dancin’ merrily
In the new old-fashioned way

(Hah! I can count 4 plants in the lyrics for this whole song. One of them is cooked, though :-))

8. Shadows painting our faces
Traces of romance in our heads
Heaven’s holding a half-moon
Shining just for us
Let’s slip off to a sand dune, real soon
And kick up a little dust.

(This one is a bit of a stretch but just think of the Three Kings! And there’s one Christmas animal here, and a plant that isn’t associated with the festive season, though I’ll give you an extra half-point if you can find it).

9. Fare you well my dear, I must be gone
And leave you for a while
If I roam away I’ll come back again
Though I roam ten thousand miles, my dear
Though I roam ten thousand miles.

(One Christmas bird and one generic plant)

10. You know I’m such a fool for you
You got me wrapped around your finger
Do you have to let it linger?
Do you have to, do you have to, do you have to let it linger?

(No plants or animals in the song, but what’s the name of the band? 🙂 )


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