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Below are 40 parts of lyrics taken from well known Christmas songs.

Your job is to identify 20 songs, each of which contains 2 lines in the list below.

Good luck 👍

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Hint 1:

3 and 18 are from the same song.

Hint 2:

4 and 14 are from the same song.

Hint 3:

7 and 26 are from the same song.

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    $\begingroup$ The line between 6 and 7 and the line between 7 and 8 are both part of 7, right? $\endgroup$
    – msh210
    Dec 9, 2021 at 9:44
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    $\begingroup$ Yes that is correct. $\endgroup$ Dec 9, 2021 at 9:49

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All answers, combined from answers/comments + my own additions, but I'm not sure about 4/14 because of "joyful emoji" in 4...

1 Can you Stop the Cavalry? Stop the Cavalry
2 Let's hope it's a good one without any fear Happy Xmas (War is Over) (Stiv!)
3 It doesn't show signs of stopping Let It Snow
4 So I pray and I wait (Why Couldn't It Be Christmas Everyday? (hesitant about this one, but wait = looking at hourglass)
5 The moon and stars seem awful cold and bright Thank God It's Christmas
6 Don't let the bells end Christmas Time (Don't Let the Bells End)
7 Rocking around the Christmas Tree Rocking Around the Christmas Tree
8 Eight little reindeer pull his sleigh Must Be Santa
9 There'll be scary ghost stories It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year Thanks CAP!
10 And there won't be snow in Africa this Christmas time Do They Know It's Christmas?
11 Dolls that'll talk and will go for a walk It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
12 I got red lights all around Driving Home For Christmas
13 ...around the coffee and the pumpkin pie Sleigh Ride
14 There's a gift for every girl and boy Why Couldn't It Be Christmas Everyday?
15 Presents, what a beautiful sight Underneath the Tree
16 Let's stop all the fight. Happy Xmas (War is Over) (Stiv!)
17 Wish I could be dancing now In the arms of the girl I love Stop the Cavalry
18 He's sitting by the fire's cosy glow Let It Snow
19 Who's got a big red cherry nose Must be Santa
20 When he sees your Mama kissin' Santa Claus? Merry Xmas Everybody
21 He knows if you've been bad or good Here Comes Santa Claus
22 Driving Home for Christmas Driving Home For Christmas
23 Jingle bell time is a swell time Jingle Bell Rock
24 The Ox and Lamb kept time Little Drummer Boy
25 A pair of Hopalong boots and a pistol that shoots It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
26 Mistletoe hung where you can see Rocking Around the Christmas Tree
27 Lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you Sleigh Ride
28 Let's hope the snow will make this Christmas right Thank God it's Christmas
29 I won't even stay awake to hear those magic reindeer click All I Want for Christmas is You
30 He sees you when you're sleeping Here Comes Santa Claus
31 All of the other reindeer used to laugh and call him names Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
32 On the 25th day of the 12th month The sleigh bells are in time ringing true Christmas Time (Don't Let the Bells End)
33 Where nothing ever grows; No rain nor rivers flow Do They Know It's Christmas?
34 Do the fairies keep him sober for a day? Merry Xmas Everybody
35 What a bright time, it's the right time Jingle Bell Rock
36 Shall I play for him? Little Drummer Boy
37 Christmas was cold and grey Underneath the Tree
38 I just wanna see my baby standing right outside my door All I Want For Christmas is You
39 Then one foggy Christmas Eve Santa came to say... "Rudolph, with your nose so bright, won't you guide my sleigh tonight?" Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
40 Hearts will be glowing It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

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  • $\begingroup$ This is the complete and correct list, well done! $\endgroup$ Dec 19, 2021 at 17:40
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5 left. Post your own wrap up post if you can find them. I'm done until tomorrow.

1 Can you Stop the Cavalry? (Stop the Cavalry)
2 Let's hope it's a good one without any fear (Happy Christmas the war is over) (Stiv!)
3 ??? Every couple tries to stop (Rocking around the Christmas Tree)
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5 The moon and stars seem awful cold and bright (Thank God it's Christmas)
6 Don't let the bells end (Christmas Time)
7 Rocking around the Christmas Tree (Rocking around the Christmas Tree)
8 Eight little reindeer pull his sleigh (Must Be Santa)
9 There'll be scary ghost stories (Most wonderful time ...) Thanks CAP!
10 And there won't be snow in Africa this Christmas time (Do They Know it's Christmas)
11 Dolls that'll talk and will go for a walk (It's Beginning..)
12 I got red lights all around,(Driving Home For Christmas)
13 ... around the coffee and the pumpkin pie (Sleigh Ride)
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15 Presents, what a beautiful sight (Underneath the Tree)
16 Let's stop all the fight. (Happy Christmas the war is over)(Stiv!)
17 Wish I could be dancing now In the arms of the girl I love (Stop the Cavalry)
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19 Who's got a big red cherry nose (Must be Santa)
20 ... daddy had only seen Mommy kissing Santa Claus... (I saw mommy kissing Santa Claus)
21 He knows if you've been bad or good (Here comes Santa Claus)
22 Driving Home for Christmas (Driving Home for Christmas)
23 Jingle bell time is a swell time (Jingle Bell Rock)
24 The Ox and Lamb kept time (Little Drummer Boy)
25 A pair of Hopalong boots and a pistol that shoots (It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas)
26 Mistletoe hung where you can see (Rocking around the Christmas Tree) 27 Lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you (Sleigh Ride)
28 Let's hope the snow will make this Christmas right (Thank God it's Christmas)
29 I won't even stay awake to hear those magic reindeer click (The Forbidden Song)
30 He sees you when you're sleeping (Here comes Santa Claus)
31 All of the other reindeer used to laugh and call him names (Rudolph)
32 On the 25th day of the 12th month The sleigh bells are in time ringing true (Christmas Time)
33 Where nothing ever grows No rain nor rivers flow (Do They Know it's Christmas)
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35 What a bright time, it's the right time (Jingle Bell rock)
36 Shall I Play for him? (Little Drummer Boy)
37 Christmas was cold and grey (Underneath the tree)
38 I just wanna see my baby standing right outside my door (The Forbidden Song)
39 Then one foggy Christmas Eve Santa came to say... "Rudolph, with your nose so bright Won't you guide my sleigh tonight?" (Rudolph)
40 ...hearts will be glowing (Most Wonderful time of the year)

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    $\begingroup$ 9 is rot13("Gurer'yy or fpnel tubfg fgbevrf" sebz "Vg’f gur Zbfg Jbaqreshy Gvzr bs gur Lrne"). 4 might be the title of that song. $\endgroup$
    – cap
    Dec 9, 2021 at 20:52
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    $\begingroup$ Thanks for 9... It's partner is 40. $\endgroup$ Dec 9, 2021 at 21:01
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    $\begingroup$ Wow, you've got most of them now! All that's left for me to contribute for you is rot13(Lbhe 2 fubhyq or 6, orpnhfr 2=Yrg’f ubcr vg’f n tbbq bar, jvgubhg nal srne & 16=Yrg’f fgbc nyy gur svtug (obgu sebz Unccl Kznf (Jne vf Bire) ol Wbua Yraaba & Lbxb Bab) 26 znl or 'Zvfgyrgbr uhat jurer lbh pna frr' sebz Ebpxvat Nebhaq gur Puevfgznf Gerr vs lbh pna yrtvgvzvfr 'uhat' urer) $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Dec 9, 2021 at 21:12
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    $\begingroup$ And I read the lyrics to Lennon about 10 times and it didn't stick! $\endgroup$ Dec 9, 2021 at 21:21
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    $\begingroup$ Oh, I've totally just spotted 34 and can't believe I hadn't seen it: rot13("Qb gur snvevrf xrrc uvz fbore sbe n qnl?" sebz Fynqr'f Zreel Kznf Rirelobql. Tvira gur arj uvag, guvf zrnaf gung vg cnvef jvgu rvgure 4 be 14. Va juvpu pnfr 4 zvtug whfg or 'Ybbx gb gur shgher...'? Nygreangviryl 14 zvtug or 'rirelobql'f univat sha' - pubvprf, pubvprf!!) $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Dec 11, 2021 at 21:35
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Some of the easier ones, but I figured out:

7: Rockin' around the Christmas tree (Rockin' around the Christmas Tree)
20: I saw mommy kissing Santa Claus (I saw mommy kissing Santa Claus)
21: He knows if you've been bad or good (Here comes Santa Claus)
24: The ox and lamb kept time (Little Drummer Boy)
25: A pair of Hopalong boots and a pistol that shoots (It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas)
27: Lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you (Sleigh Ride)
30: He sees you when you're sleeping (Here comes Santa Claus)
31: All of the other reindeer used to laugh and call him names (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer)
36: Shall I play for him? (Little Drummer Boy)
39: Then one foggy Christmas Even Santa came to say Rudolph with your nose so bright won't you guide my sleigh tonight? (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer)

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  • $\begingroup$ Nice! 11 is rot13(Qbyyf gung'yy gnyx naq jvyy tb sbe n jnyx) $\endgroup$
    – cap
    Dec 9, 2021 at 19:03
  • $\begingroup$ Also 23 is rot13(wvatyr oryy gvzr vf n fjryy gvzr) $\endgroup$
    – cap
    Dec 9, 2021 at 19:17
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Based on Hint #1,

#3 and #18 are both from "Let it Snow"

3) 🚫🛑🛑 = It doesn't show signs of stopping.

18) 🪑🤗🔥🌟 = He's sitting by the fire's cosy glow

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