How Much Do You Know?

The Original Christmas Story:
How Much Do You Know?

by Dale Reeves
Story Pastor

Merry Christmas! Your Christmas celebration this year may be a little different than in years past due to COVID-19 and all the challenges it has brought with it. Many families today are gathering in much smaller groups than they normally do. There are certain traditions that some folks will miss this year, but this is also a year in which we have the opportunity to celebrate Christmas in a less complicated way—and that may be the silver lining for you today.

My prayer for you this day is that you will enjoy an un-complicated Christmas, and will have a few moments of solitude in which you can take inventory of your relationship with Christ. You may need to say to him today, “I’m ready to go all in with my relationship with you, Lord. I am ready to put all my trust, all of my life in your hands.” Or, this season, you may need to say, “I run back to you, God. I recommit. I want my life to be filled with more of you this coming year.” Whatever you need to say to him today, I pray that you would do it before this day is over.

As you reflect on the “good news of great joy that will be for all people” (Luke 2:10, ESV), I offer the following Christmas IQ Test for your enjoyment. We will post the correct answers next Monday, December 28.

Christmas Day IQ Test

  1. As long as it has been celebrated, Christmas has been on December 25th. (True or False)
  1. Joseph was from:
  • Bethlehem
  • Jerusalem
  • Nazareth
  • Egypt
  • Minnesota
  • None of the above
  1. How did Mary and Joseph travel to Bethlehem?
  • By camel
  • By donkey
  • They walked
  • Joseph walked, Mary rode a donkey
  • By minivan
  • Who knows?
  1. Mary and Joseph were married when Mary became pregnant. (True or False)
  1. Mary and Joseph were married when Jesus was born. (True or False)
  1. What did the innkeeper tell Mary and Joseph?
  • “Come back after the Christmas rush and I should have some vacancies.”
  • “I have a stable for you.”
  • “There is no room in the inn.”
  • Both B and C
  • None of the above
  1. Jesus was delivered in a:
  • Stable
  • Manger
  • Cave
  • Barn
  • Unknown
  1. A manger is a:
  • Stable for domestic animals
  • Wooden hay storage bin
  • Feeding trough for animals
  • Barn
  1. Which animals does the Bible say were present at Jesus’ birth?
  • Cows, sheep, goats
  • Cows, donkeys, sheep
  • Sheep and goats only
  • Miscellaneous barnyard animals
  • Lions, tigers, bears
  • None of the above
  1. Who saw the “star in the east”?
  • Shepherds
  • Mary and Joseph
  • Three kings
  • Both A and C
  • None of the above
  1. How many angels spoke to the shepherds?
  • One
  • Three
  • A “multitude”
  • None of the above
  1. What “sign” were the shepherds told to look for?
  • “This way to baby Jesus”
  • A star over Bethlehem
  • A baby that doesn’t cry or wet
  • A house with a Christmas tree
  • A baby in a stable
  • None of the above
  1. What did the angels sing?
  • “Joy to the world”
  • Handel’s Messiah
  • “Unto us a child is born”
  • “Glory to God in the highest”
  • “Glory to the newborn King”
  • “My sweet Lord”
  1. What is a “heavenly host”?
  • Angel at the gate of Heaven
  • Angel who invites us to Heaven
  • Angel who serves refreshments
  • An angel choir
  • An angel army
  • None of the above
  1. There was snow that first Christmas:
  • Only in Bethlehem
  • All over Israel
  • Nowhere in Israel
  • Somewhere in Israel
  • Mary and Joseph only “dreamed” of a white Christmas
  1. What is myrrh?
  • An easily shaped metal
  • A spice used for burying people
  • A drink
  • After-shave lotion
  • None of the above
  1. How many wise men came to see Jesus? (fill in the correct number)
  1. The wise men found Jesus in a:
  • Manger
  • Stable
  • House
  • Holiday Inn Express
  • Good mood
  1. Where do we find the Christmas story in order to check up on these questions?
  • Matthew
  • Mark
  • Luke
  • John
  • All of the above
  • Only A and B
  • Only A and C
  • Only A, B, and C
  • Aesop’s Fables
  1. Joseph took the baby Jesus to Egypt:
  • To show him the pyramids
  • To go shopping for after-Christmas sales
  • To put him in a basket in the reeds by the river
  • Because he dreamed about it
  • To be taxed
  • Joseph did not take Jesus to Egypt
  • None of the above

Nancy Thomas, a missionary to the Aymara Indians in Bolivia, wrote this piece that I will close with today:

“Bales of real hay clump around the false manger.
The choir files in, an unheavenly host, to predestined slots on stage.
I spot David, my almost angelic son; our eyes connect; he grins.
Joseph and Mary arrive. The mini-Madonna clutches the Babe; his plastic head sticks out, unsupported, and does not fall.
‘Tough kid,’ I think.
Pajama-clad animals mill around the manger.
My small daughter, a miscast lamb, flops her ears and bleats to the music, all mischief.
For the next twenty minutes I strain on the edge of the pew as bathrobed wise men and mock shepherds march in and mumble their lines.
The third wise man sneezes; Gabriel giggles, and I suppress my own mirth when suddenly I see the Christ, perceive the glory, and adore.”

Have you seen Jesus in the eyes of a child lately? He is holy, pure, and innocent, the spotless Lamb of God. O come, let us adore him!

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