Here is a Christmas Quiz

We’ve all seen and heard the Christmas story so many times that we know exactly what God’s Word says about it, right? Or do we sometimes let tradition overtake the truth? (Also check out Christmas Mythbusters).

Dates and Mates

  1. For the journey to Bethlehem, Mary and Joseph,
    1. Walked
    2. Joseph walked; Mary rode a donkey
    3. Rode a bus
    4. Who knows?
  2. When Mary became pregnant, Mary and Joseph were,
    1. Married
    2. Just friends
    3. Engaged
    4. None of the above
  3. When Mary became pregnant,
    1. Joseph married her
    2. Joseph wanted to dissolve their relationship
    3. Mary left Nazareth for a while
    4. An angel told them to go to Bethlehem
    5. Both 2 and 3
    6. Both 2 and 4
  4. Christmas has always been observed,
    1. On December 25
    2. On January 6
    3. At Grandma’s house
    4. None of the above

Kings and Wings

  1. Who directed Mary and Joseph to go to Bethlehem?
    1. Herod
    2. An angel
    3. Caesar
    4. The IRS
  2. Just what is a “heavenly host?”
    1. An angelic choir
    2. The welcoming angel in heaven
    3. An army of angels
    4. None of the above
  3. How many angels spoke to the shepherds?
    1. A multitude
    2. Two – Gabriel and Michael
    3. One
    4. Who knows?
  4. What song did the angels sing?
    1. “O Little Town of Bethlehem”
    2. “Joy to the World”
    3. “Glory to God in the Highest”
    4. None of the above

Barns and Yarns

  1. The baby Jesus was born in a,
    1. Cave
    2. Manger
    3. Hurry
    4. Barn
    5. Who knows?
  2. What animals were present at Jesus’ birth?
    1. Cows, sheep and camels
    2. Cows, sheep and donkeys
    3. Lions and tigers and bears
    4. None of the above
  3. What is a manger anyway?
    1. A barn
    2. A place for hay
    3. A feeding trough
    4. A Greek term for the church nursery
  4. When did baby Jesus cry?
    1. When He opened the wise men’s gifts
    2. Whenever babies usually cried
    3. When the cattle started lowing
    4. “No crying He makes”

Signs and Lines

  1. Joseph’s family was from,
    1. Jerusalem
    2. Nazareth
    3. Bethlehem
    4. None of the above
  2. Who saw the star over Bethlehem?
    1. Mary and Joseph
    2. Shepherds
    3. The three kings
    4. Both 2 and 3
    5. None of the above
  3. What sign were the shepherds to look for?
    1. A star over the stable
    2. A barn outlined with Christmas lights
    3. A baby in a manger
    4. Both 1 and 3
    5. None of the above
  4. What did the innkeeper say to Mary and Joseph?
    1. “I have a stable out back.”
    2. “Come back after the holidays.”
    3. “There’s no room in the inn.”
    4. Both 1 and 3
    5. None of the above

Wise Guys and Testing Lies

  1. How many wise men came to see Jesus? _______ (Write in correct number)
  2. What in the world are Magi?
    1. Eastern kings
    2. Magicians
    3. Astrologers
    4. Wise enough to follow the star
    5. None of the above
  3. When the wise men brought their gifts to Jesus, they found Him in,
    1. A manger
    2. A house
    3. Vacation Bible School
    4. None of the above
  4. In what books of the Bible will you find these fascinating facts?
    1. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John
    2. Matthew and Luke
    3. Mark and Matthew
    4. Matthew, Mark and Luke


Dates and Mates
1-1. The Bible gives no record of their means of travel.
2-3. Matthew 1:18
3-5. Matthew 1:19; Luke 1:39, 56
4-4. December 25 was selected late in the 4th century as the day to celebrate Christ’s birth

Kings and Wings
1-3. Luke 2:1
2-3. An army of angels
3-3. Luke 2:10 (“the angel said to them”)
4-4. Luke 2:13 (They didn’t sing; they “said.” OK, if you picked 3,  you get one point).

Barns and Yarns
1-5. Luke 2:7 (We aren’t told where Jesus was born, only that after His birth He was laid in a manger).
2-4. The Bible doesn’t say anything about animals being present.
3-3. A feeding trough
4-2. He was fully human as well as fully God.

Signs and Lines
1-3. Luke 2:4
2-5. None of the above (Three kings are not mentioned in the Bible. Only in songs).
3-3. Luke 2:12
4-5. An innkeeper is never mentioned in the Scriptures.

Wise Guys and Testing Lies
1. The Bible doesn’t say how many – only that Magi came bringing gold, frankincense and myrrh (see Matthew 2:12).
2-3. Astrologers who dabble in the natural sciences.
3-2. Matthew 2:11
4-2. Check it out!

19-20 correct: Congratulations! You can separate fact from fiction.
18-16 correct: Not Bad! Truth wins over tradition.
15 – 11 correct: Uh oh! You’ve been to too many Christmas plays.
10 or below correct: Ouch!

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A Former Muslim’s Story

This is the season of Immanuel, God coming into the world to dwell with us, the incarnation. It is more than myth or legend, this God-Man Jesus changes lives, and people do not recant in the face of hostility and death. Take a look at this Voice of the Martyrs video at one family in Iran.

Matthew 5:10-12, Mark 10:29-31, Luke 21:12, John 15:20, Acts 7:51-53, 1 Corinthians 4:11-13, 2 Corinthians 4:8-10, 2 Thessalonians 1:4-5, 2 Timothy 3:12, 1 Peter 4:12

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