Translate that Christmas Carol
For a fun Christmas/vocabulary activity try having your students translate these verbose Christmas carol titles back into their original form:
Example: Soundless Nocturnal Timespan (answer: Silent Night)
- Move Hitherward the Entire Assembly of Those Who Are Loyal in Their Belief
- Ornament the Enclosure with Large Sprigs of a Berry-Bearing Evergreen
- Vertically-Challenged Adolescent Percussionist
- First Person (Singular) Experiencing an Hallucinatory Phenomenon of a Natal Celebration Devoid of Color
- Majestic Triplet (First Person Plural)
- The Yuletide Occurrence Preceding All Others
- Precious Metal Musical Devices
- Omnipotent Supreme Being Elicits Respite to Ecstatic Distinguished Males
- Caribou Afflicted with Vermillion Olfactory Appendage
- Allow Crystalline Formation to Descend
- Jovial Yuletide Desired for the Second Person (Singular or Plural)
- Commence Auditory Reception, the Celestial Messengers Produce Harmonious Sounds
- Village Expectations of a Yuletide Emmisary
- Bipedal Travel through a Geographic State of Fantasy During the Season of Mother Nature’s Dormancy
- Arrival Occurred at Twelve O’clock During Clement Nocturnal Period
- Exclamatory Remark Concerning a Diminutive Municipality of Judea
- Ecstatic Experience Directed Toward Global Inhabitants
- First Person (Plural) Acoustic Awareness of Extra-Terrestrial Messengers at Great Altitude
- Obese Male Personification Consisting of Aggregate Compaction of Individual Water Crystals, with Appellation of Surface Crystalline Deposition of Water Vapor
- Tintinnabulation of Vacillating Pendulums in Metallic Resonant Spheres
- Improvised Infant Furniture in Remote Location
- Imperative Expedition for the Purpose of Proclaiming Upon a Specific Alpine Formation
- Wintertime Festivity Consisting of a Dozen Planetary Sidereal Rotations
- My Sole Desire for the Yuletide Season Is Receipt of a Pair of Central Incisors
- Are You Detecting the Same Aural Sensations as I Am?
- Who’s the Mystery Offspring?
- Testimony of Witness to Maternal Parent’s Infidelity with Kris Kringle
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