Happy Christmas, and my Christmas Quiz

2015 has been quite a year for UK fundraisers, and as it draws to a close I hope you are all looking forward to a very Happy Christmas.

As you know, every year I run a Christmas quiz, raising money for SOFII. This year it’s a word-search – what could be simpler? Simply look in the tree below and find as many of the bands and artists that have had a UK Christmas no 1 hit (they might be written forwards, backwards, up, down or diagonally). There are 11 in total, plus another band that would have had one but for BandAid (there’s a clue!).

Can you spot the 12 bands and artists?

Can you spot the 12 bands and artists?

For every entry I receive I will donate £1 to SOFII*. And at midday on Christmas Eve, I will draw, at random, one entry from those that have got them all right and they will win a £50 donation for the charity of their choice.

Just email Christmas@RogerLawsonConsulting.com with your guesses.

I hope you enjoy the challenge – good luck! And please do pass this on to colleagues and friends to increase their chances of winning too.

With very best wishes for Christmas and for 2016.


PS For those of you that don’t get all 12, I will blog the answers on Christmas Eve.

* Why SOFII? Because at these times when we all need to be more creative in the way we inspire donors, it provides the most fantastic resource. For free!

Happy Christmas… The answers

It’s nearly Christmas, and the draw has been made.

Congratulations to George Overton of the Pilgrimage Trust who was the first all correct entry out of the hat. He wins £50 for his favourite charity. And thanks also to all the other entries – £200 is on it’s way to SOFII.

There were a lot more correct entries this year, but to put some of you out of your misery here are the answers. (From top and left to right):

Noel – there’s no L in there. Geddit? For those who guessed ‘Christmas Alphabet’ I can see where you were coming from, but it wasn’t quite the whole alphabet.

12 days of Christmas. Again, I liked a couple of entries that suggested ‘I Wish it Could be Christmas Everyday’ if only because it’s a great song!

I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas

All I want for Christmas is You

(Walking in a) Winter Wonderland

The First Noel

All that remains is to wish you all a very happy Christmas and a successful and healthy 2015. I’ll be planning next year’s quiz!


Happy Christmas

I hope 2014 has been successful and happy and that you are looking forward to 2015.

I’d like to wish you and yours a very happy Christmas and New Year.

You may know that every year I run a little Christmas Quiz with my Christmas card and best wishes. Apparently I made it a little difficult last year so I hope this year’s is a little easier. All you have to do is work out the clues which loosely lead to six Christmas songs.

Christmas card 2014

When you think you know the answers, email them to me. For every entry I will donate £1 to SOFII (because it is a brilliant resource for fundraisers – up to £200). In addition, on Christmas Eve I will draw one name out of a hat from those that get all six right and they will win £50 to donate to a charity of their choice. So please do pass this on to your colleagues and friends.

Enjoy the puzzle and good luck!

And make sure you’re signed up to this blog to be the first to have the answers delivered to your in-box in time for Christmas.

With very best wishes for a very merry Christmas and a happy and successful new year.


Christmas challenge – the answers


So Christmas is over. And if you spent it wondering what the answers were for the challenge then apologies. As one of 10’s of thousands of people who had 48 hours with no power and no phone signal until Christmas Day evening, I couldn’t get the answers out.

But I hope you all had a fantastic day, and now I can put you out of your misery.

The 10 worst Christmas songs ever are…

Christmas In Blobbyland
OK, the easy one. Everyone got this. I couldn’t find the lyrics anywhere online so I listened to it over and over on Youtube writing down the lyrics as it played. A horrible way to spend an afternoon.

All I want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth
Another easy one.

Mistletoe and Wine
We’re spoilt for choice with Cliff Richard songs, but I limited myself to one to stay on the right side of my wife’s mum – the world’s biggest Cliff fan. (She’s never forgiven me missing Cliff sing on a rainy day at Wimbledon when, instead of being in my Centre Court seats, I was in the bar.)

Feed the World / Do They Know It’s Christmas?
How can a fundraiser hate the song that changed the way music can raise money? One, it kept Wham! (Last Christmas) off the number one spot. Two, I just don’t like it!

White Christmas
A classic, but I’ve heard it too many times. And what’s with the whistling in the middle?

All I Want for Christmas Is You
Last year I put this in my top 10 songs as, although it’s sung by Mariah Carey, it’s a great pop song. This year it’s in my worst 10 as, although it’s a great pop song, it’s sung by Mariah Carey! Harsh, but true.

Peace On Earth / Little Drummer Boy
This also made my favourite 10 last year. As I put my worst 10 list together a few weeks ago, I decided I didn’t like it. And a few weeks later I think I do. I can’t make up my mind, but well done on everyone getting it right!

Walking in the Air
The Snowman. It’s beautiful, but I’m afraid I just never really got it.

Do You Hear What I Hear?
The tricky one. My teenage daughter, with the help of Google, was the only person to get this right.

Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree
Mel Smith was a fantastic comedian, and sadly died too young this year. I’m sorry to say this wasn’t his finest hour. Another charity record (Comic Relief) record condemned! Funky pie, anyone?

Actually, in researching this list I discovered many truly dreadful songs that I’d never even heard of before: John Denver with the wise words, “Please Daddy (Don’t get drunk this Christmas)”; Elmo and Patsy singing “Granny Got Run Over by a Reindeer” and other contributions by The Cheeky Girls, Crazy Frog and Alvin and the Chipmunks. They almost make Mr Blobby sound OK.

Thank you so much for everyone who entered, and for all the comments and fun that was had. A donation for £200 is on its way to Sofii.

And massive congratulations to everyone who got 8 out of 10 as you had the highest scores (except my daughter who spent far too long on it and cheated, so is disqualified!) The first to be selected at random from these people was Duncan Batty, Head of Fundraising & Development at Sheffield Hospitals Charity who now has £50 to give to the charity of his choice.

Well done Duncan!

So that’s it for another year. But don’t worry, I’m already thinking of something fiendish for Christmas 2014!

Christmas wishes and a Christmas challenge


I’d like to wish everyone who reads this blog a very happy Christmas, and a successful start to 2014

Merry Christmas 2013

Once again I’m not sending Christmas cards – instead I am donating money to SOFII. And once again, how much I give will be up to you.

Yes, my Christmas Challenge is back again this year! You may recall that last year I asked you to work out my favourite 10 Christmas songs of all time. This year, can you work out the worst 10 Christmas songs ever?

My card (above – click on it to see a larger version) is a word cloud of the lyrics from the 10 songs that I think are the worst Christmas songs ever recorded. If you think you can work out which 10 I have selected, email me your guesses.

For every entry I receive I will donate £1 to SOFII*. And at midday on Christmas Eve I will draw, at random, one entry from those that have got all 10 right (or those nearest if, like last year, no-one manages it) and they will win a £50 donation for the charity of their choice.

Good luck with the challenge. And please do pass this on to colleagues and friends to increase their chances of winning too.

With very best wishes for Christmas and the new year.


PS For those of you that don’t get all 10, I will blog the answers on Christmas Eve.

* I have chosen SOFII again this year as they provide an invaluable resource to all us fundraisers. Our job is to inspire donors and SOFII makes this a little easier for all of us. Much as I love them, I need to limit my donation to them to £200, but please do enter to make sure we get there.

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!

Thank you, and merry Christmas

I feel privileged and grateful to know that there are people like you who read my words in this blog. I hope you find my thoughts useful and / or entertaining.

Like good fundraising copy, I must never forget that I’m writing for you, not for me. That’s my promise for 2013.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. I am very grateful for everyone who has allowed me to be involved in their fundraising in any way and for everyone who follows my thoughts here or on Twitter in 2012. I had no idea what I was letting myself in for when I started working on my own, but I’m enjoying it a lot – thanks to you.

I hope you all have a fantastic Christmas and New Year. And it’s not too late for me to receive your free entry to my Christmas competition, to raise money for SOFII and, maybe, win a donation for your charity. Just tell me the 10 Christmas songs with lyrics in this word-cloud.

Roger Lawson Consulting Christmas Card

Can you work out my 10 favourite Christmas songs?

More details can be found here.

There’ll be one last post from me this year – the answers!

Happy Christmas to you all.