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A Christmas Quiz
By Gary Kurz

I think it is safe to say that one of the most celebrated days of the year is Christmas. It is such a popular holiday that often those not of the Christian faith participate in the festivities. It is also safe to say that this day is widely celebrated even in societies that are not Christian in culture or persuasion, such as Japan and China. They too call it "Christmas".

Despite the widespread recognition of this holiday, Christians the world over lament how commercialized Christmas has become and how convoluted the reason and meaning. We see signs hanging in department stores that say "Remember the Reason for the Season," but it seems the author of this Yule-time slogan had customer spending in mind rather than something spiritual.

There are myriad examples we could cite regarding the world's commercialization of this sacred Christian holiday and the loss of festive understanding, but too often we Christians come up short ourselves in this theological arena. As our Lord said, sometimes we need to remove the beam from our own eye.

How much do you really know about Christmas? How much of what you think about Christmas is from the Bible and how much is from the world? Could you pass the following quiz on this topic? Test your knowledge. There are no trick questions, but you might be surprised by some of the answers. Score 5 points for each correct answer. The answers are at the end of the quiz.

1. Christmas (the day Jesus was born) probably actually occurred on:

a. December 25th

b. March 29th

c. April 1st

d. We do not know

2. How many angels spoke to the shepherds?

a. 2

b. a multitude

c. 1

d. it cannot be determined

3. A manger is:

a. a feeding trough

b. a barn

c. a stable

d. a room behind an Inn

4. Where was Joseph's family from?

a. Bethlehem

b. Nazareth

c. Jerusalem

d. Galilee

5. How were the shepherds to find and recognize the Lord?

a. by following a star

b. by asking at the Inn

c. by looking for a babe in a manger

d. by looking for the Magi

6. How many wise men came to see Jesus in the manger?

a. two

b. the Bible doesn't say

c. three

d. none

7. How did Joseph and Mary get to Bethlehem?

a. walked

b. by cart

c. Joseph walked/Mary rode a donkey

d. The Bible doesn't say

8. When Mary was found to be with child, she and Joseph were:

a. married

b. companions

c. engaged

d. The Bible does not say

9. Who told Joseph what to name the baby?

a. Mary

b. An angel

c. God

d. Jewish elders

10. Where did the wise men find Jesus?

a. In the manger

b. On a donkey with Mary

c. In the field

d. In a house

11. Who saw the star over Bethlehem?

a. Joseph and Mary

b. The shepherds

c. The three kings

d. Everyone

e. None of the above

12. The Innkeeper told Joseph:

a. There is no room

b. We don't allow children

c. You can use the stable out back

d. None of the above

13. Who told Joseph to go to Bethlehem?

a. an angel

b. Herod

c. The tax collector

d. Caesar

14. What is meant by "heavenly host"?

a. an arch angel

b. greeting angels

c. an army of angels

d. an angelic choir or herald

15. What song did the heavenly host sing?

a. "Away in a Manger"

b. "Joy to the World"

c. "Glory to God in the Highest"

d. They did not sing

16. What animals were present at the birth of Jesus?

a. cows and sheep

b. cows, sheep and mules

c. cows, sheep and camels

d. unknown

17. What is the most accurate definition for "Magi"?

a. Magicians

b. Wise men

c. Astrologers

d. Eastern kings

18. Why did Herod want to know when Jesus was found?

a. So he could worship him

b. So he could tell others

c. So he could kill him

d. None of the above

19. How long was the trip for the wise men after they saw Herod?

a. Two years

b. Less than 1 day

c. A little less than two years

d. None of the above

20. How many shepherds were there in the field?

a. 3

b. 4

c. 6

d. We are not told


1. d

2. c

3. a

4. a

5. c

6. d (see footnote)

7. d

8. c

9. b

10. d

11. e (Three kings are not mentioned--all the wise men saw the star)

12. d (No mention of the Inn Keeper is made)

13. d (See Luke 2:1-3)

14. c

15. d (We are told "a heavenly host saying")

16. d (The Bible does not say what animals were present.)

17. c

18. c

19. c (Herod had all the male children under 2 put to death)

20. d

Note on 6: The Bible says they saw the young child in the house--they were not present at the manger--and no mention is made as to how many Magi there were. We often assume there were three because there were three gifts

GARY KURZ is a Baptist Preacher and Bible Teacher. His most popular book, Cold Noses at the Pearly Gates, helps those grieving the loss of a pet from a Biblical perspective. Visit http://www.coldnosesbook.com for more info, tips and gifts. If you would like to Gary, you can do so through the Letters page of this magazine.