The Answers

I promised you the answers to by Christmas Challenge. It’s time to put you all out of your misery. Thanks to everyone who entered – I hope you enjoyed it.

The big news is that no-one got 10 out of 10. Did I make it too difficult – apologies if so. But well done for persevering, those who tried.

And for all of you, here are the answers…

Roger Lawson Consulting Christmas Card

Can you work out my 10 favourite Christmas songs?

Fairytale of New York: The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl
Simply the best Christmas song ever!

The Christmas Song: Nat King Cole
The Christmas classic

I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday: Wizzard
Don’t we all? Well maybe not quite every day.

Last Christmas: Wham!
As many of you know I was a massive Wham! fan, and still am. My Wham! Rap, after a few beers, is the stuff of legend.

Did you know, this is the best-selling single never to make it to no. 1? It was no. 2 for five weeks and was kept off the top spot by Band Aid’s ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ (which doesn’t make my top 10 because I’m still upset about this!

Merry Xmas Everybody: Slade
As I child I wasn’t allowed to get up before 6:00 am on Christmas Day. I used to put this on the record player (if you’re too young to know what one of them is then find an old person to ask) at full volume bang on 6:00 to wake everyone up. Now I have kids of my own who get equally excited about Christmas I can see how my parents must have hated me.

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town: Bruce Springsteen
There are lots of versions of this, but it’s Bruce Springsteen’s live version that got it into the top 10.

Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy: David Bowie and Bing Crosby
Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum, need I say more?

All I Want For Christmas Is You: Mariah Carey
OK, I know it’s Mariah Carey, but it’s a great pop song

Frosty the Snowman: The Ronettes
Another classic

And finally, the one that no-one got… I Believe in Father Christmas: Greg Lake
Actually, this is less a celebration of Christmas and was actually written as a protest against the commercialisation of Christmas. Brilliant!

I’m sorry if the last one was too difficult. The clue was in the words “said” and “there’d”. If you Google “said Christmas lyrics” or “there’d Christmas lyrics” then this song comes top of the search findings. And at least I didn’t put In Dulci Jubilo by Mike Oldfield in the list.

Thank you again to everyone who entered. I hope you enjoyed having a go. The best news of all is that a cheque for £200 is on its way to SOFII. And congratulations to Salma Mohammed at Refugee Action who was the first out of the hat for those that got 9 out of 10 and so a cheque for £50 is heading towards Refugee Action.

So merry Christmas everyone, and here’s to a happy and successful 2013!