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QUIZ: Can you name the Christmas carols by their composer and year written?

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(Year) ComposerSongTrivia
(1862) Thomas OliphantBased on an old Welsh hymn dating to at least the 1780s
(1780) Uncertain OriginThe lyrics date from 1780, but the tune of this 'cumulative song' dates from 1909
(1934) John Frederick Coots & Haven GillespieDebuted on Eddie Cantor's radio show in 1934
(1857) James Lord PierpontA plaque in Medford, Massachusetts commemorates the origin of this song
(1859) John Freeman YoungBased on the Austrian song with the same tune, 'Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht'
(1941) Katherine K. DavisThe version we know was sung by the von Trapp family singers in 1955
(1951) Meredith WilsonThe song is apparently about the the Grand Hotel in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
(1940) Irving BerlinWritten while Berlin was staying in La Quinta, California
(1853) John Mason NealeThe tune dates to at least 1582
(1950) Walter 'Jack' Rollins & Steve NelsonThe story allegedly takes place in White Plains, New York from which a traffic cop expelled the protaganist
(Year) ComposerSongTrivia
(1719) Isaac WattsThe tune we know dates to 1839
(1944) Donald Yetter GardnerGardner wrote the song after asking his second-grade class what their Christmas wishes were
(1970) Jose FelicianoA simple translation of the chorus is 'Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!'
(1984) Bob Geldof & Midge UreWritten to raise money for the mid-1980s famine in Ethiopia
(1962) Noel Regney & Gloria ShayneWritten as a plea for peace during the Cuban Missile Crisis
(1943) Hugh Martin & Ralph BlaneFirst performed by Judy Garland in the movie 'Meet Me in St. Louis'
(1934) Felix Bernard & Richard B. SmithThis is the only song on this quiz that doesn't explicitly mention Christmas
(1949) Johnny MarksBased on the 1939 story of the same name
(1950) Jay Livingston & Ray EvansFirst performed in the movie 'The Lemon Drop Kid'
(1958) Joseph Carleton Beal & James Ross BoothDespite its name, Billboard has historically considered this a country song

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