How well do you know the Christmas story? If you’ve walked the aisles of Hobby Lobby among the nativity sets, or watched TV at all in your life, you probably have a decent understanding of this historic event. But how well do you know the details?

I’ve been in church for as long as I can remember.  My stepdad was the worship & youth pastor at a small Baptist church. My mother was a financial director at a larger Baptist church.  We sat on the third row every Sunday morning, Sunday night, and any other time the door was open.  Attending church was as much a part of our daily lives as breakfast. It didn’t matter if you felt like going to church on Sunday morning, you went unless you were sick — really sick. Even then, mom promised it was only for about an hour and let’s face it, a little old-time religion might do you good.

You’d think I would be well-versed on the biblical account of Jesus’ birth.  To my surprise, I found I wasn’t the Christmas scholar I boasted to be.  However, as a consolation, I learned my family didn’t initially perform much better on this quiz!  It’s a humbling activity that exposes how often we accept someone else’s version of the truth as the absolute.

Be careful friends. This quiz is tricky. Give it a try with your family this year! [Download the Christmas Quiz .pdf]

1. Joseph was originally from …
a. Bethlehem
b. Nazareth
c. Hebron
d. Jerusalem
e. None of the above / unknown

2. What does the Bible say the innkeeper said to Mary and Joseph?
a. “There is no room in the inn”

b. “I have a stable you can use”
c. “Please come back later”
d. Both A and B
e. None of the above / unknown

3. A manger is…
a. stable for domestic animals
b. wooden hay storage bin
c. feeding trough
d. barn
e. none of the above / unknown

4. Which animals does the Bible list as being present at Jesus’ birth?
a. cows, sheep, goats

b. sheep and goats only
c. miscellaneous barnyard animals
d. cows, donkeys, and goats
e. none of the above / unknown

5. According to the Bible, how did Mary and Joseph get to Bethlehem?
a. camel

b. donkey
c. chariot
d. Joseph walked, Mary rode a donkey
e. none of the above / unknown

6. What did the angels say/sing?
a. “Glory to God in the highest”

b. “Joy to the world”
c. “Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given”
d. “Alleluia”
e. “Amazing grace

7. What is frankincense?
a. precious metal

b. precious fabric
c. precious animal fur
d. precious perfume
e.  none of the above / unknown

8. What is myrrh?
a. Middle Eastern money 

b. spice used for burial
c. an easily shaped metal
d. a drink
e.  none of the above / unknown

9. How many wise men came to see Jesus?
a. 3

b. 9
c. 12
d. 6
e. none of the above / unknown

10. Where did the wise men find Jesus?
a. In a manger
b. In Nazareth
c. In a house
d. In a stable
e. none of the above / unknown

11. When the wise men found Jesus he was…
a. baby wrapped in swaddling clothes

b. a boy in the temple
c. a grown man
d. a young child
e. none of the above / unknown

12. The wise men stopped in Jerusalem…
a. to inform Herod about Jesus

b. to ask about the star
c. to buy presents
d. to find out where Jesus was
e.  none of the above / unknown

13. In which gospels do you find the birth of Christ?
a. Matthew, Mark, Luke

b. Matthew, Luke, John
c. Matthew only
d. Matthew, Luke
e. none of the above / unknown

14. Who told Joseph and Mary to go to Bethlehem?
a. an angel
b. Caesar Augustus
c. Herod
d. the Old Testament
e.  none of the above / unknown

Do you want the answers?  Sorry friend.  Taking someone else’s word for it is what got us into this clueless mess.  Crack open the Word of God and search the scriptures for the answers.  You might be surprised. I’ll give you this much: The story of Jesus’ birth can be found in Matthew 1:18-2:23 and Luke 2:1-20.)

How well did you do?

Christmas Quiz

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