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While cleaning up the school files I found a worksheet from the days before computers and tablets. A student left their name on their paper so I was able to find the year and class of that student. This worksheet dates back to 1978. See below.
We got our first copy of the puzzle at a Master's class we were taking for West Georgia College in Dalton, Georgia. We were thrilled to see this work sheet because it was another activity for our students in middle school. Of course, I could not let it remain as a worksheet. It would become a flash puzzle. The website that has really invested a ton of time on the origin of this puzzle is Rick Archer at this websitehttp://www.ssqq.com/archive/christmaspuzzle00.htm
Clicking on the puzzle below will let you pick the name for each picture. By clicking the next button at the bottom of the page you can see the correct answers and click on the pictures to see where each fits in history and hear each song. You can also grade yourself with the "How'd I Do" button.
Yes, I still need to clean up those old file folders.
Download the latest version of the Christmas Puzzle. Click the game board below. It's in Adobe Air.
Christmas Song (Carol) Update 2020 - Now in Adobe Air
The Updated Christmas Puzzle in Adobe Air
Click the above game board for easy download to your computer. Most of the singers in the videos are not with us anymore but you can see the ones that really loved Christmas. Thanks, to Allison (a great student who was big in 4-H) we have one of the early documents of how long the puzzle has been around.

Answers to the Original Puzzle
Meaning behind the Twelve Days of Christmas
Clicking the buttons below will take you to the video version of each carol. They are entered as the puzzle above.
Let It Snow
O Christmas Tree
O Holly Night
O Come All Ye Faithful
Joy To The World
All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth
It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
Bobby Helm - Jingle Bell Rock
Brenda Lee - Jingle Bell Rock
Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer
Eddie Cantor - Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Here Comes Santa Claus
What Child Is This
Rudolph - The Red Nosed Reinjdeer
White Christmas - Dean Martin
Silver Bells
Away In A Manger
Silent Night
The First Noel
The Christmas Song or Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire
Winter Wonderland - Johnny Mathis
Winter Wonderland - Bing Crosby
The Twelve Days of Christmas
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
Deck The Halls
Frosty The Snowman
Jingle Bells
Can You name these songs by the clues given?
Not in the puzzle - Can you guess before clicking?
Not in the puzzle - Can you guess before Clicking?
Last Christmas Video - Not on the puzzle - but it was the last Christmas
George Michael and Kathy Hill

The video to "Last Christmas" directed by Andrew Morahan, shows Wham! members George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley accompanying girlfriends to see friends at an unspecified ski resort cottage: the cable car that can be seen in two shots is from Switzerland, where the video was filmed. It becomes clear early on that the character of Ridgeley's girlfriend (played by model Kathy Hill) was previously in a relationship with Michael and that the song is aimed at her. She can be spotted throughout the video by the fact that she is usually wearing red, but everyone else is wearing more muted colors.

There is a brief flashback to a prior Christmas, showing Michael's character presenting Kathy Hill's character with a brooch. In the present time, Ridgeley is wearing the brooch, suggesting that Hill gave the same gift (perhaps by regifting it) to her new love after she and Michael parted ways. When Hill wears the brooch after receiving it from Michael's character, it is "right side up", and when Ridgeley's character wears it, he wears it "upside down". On numerous occasions, Michael presents a thoughtful expression, suggesting his conflicting emotions. As Michael is decorating the Christmas tree some decoration falls to the floor where Michael's ex-girlfriend is sitting and the ex-couple shares a few seconds of a knowing look at each other.

Her seeming indifference to Ridgeley's open displays of affection makes the viewer wonder if Ridgeley's heart is the next to be broken. At the end of the video, everyone leaves the cottage and when the group get out of the cable- car, they are all properly "paired off" with Michael and his new girlfriend looking happy.


Kathy Hill