The Great Big Christmas Quiz I


Think you know your reindeer games? Your Santa Clauses and Nativity Visitors? Grab the kids or a friend, hang onto your mouse and think again. You’ll enjoy a few laughs along the way.


1. Which is the name of one of Santa’s reindeer.

Olive: Go to 4.

Elvis: Go to 5.

Rudolph: Go to 4.


2. In jolly old England, turkeys were popular for Christmas dinner. To get them to market in London, the turkeys were:

Shipped by UPS: Go to 6.

Herded by sheep dogs: Go to 14.
Taught to fly: Go to 16.

Supplied with boots made of leather so they could walk: Go to 18.


3. Where are these words found: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace”?

In Matthew: Go to 9.

In Isaiah: Go to 15.


4. Good for you. Actually, both Rudolph and Olive are correct because the song mentions “olive the other reindeer.” Don’t you wish tests were this easy in high school? Prance over to 2.

5. Nice try, but you’re wrong. Did you know that Elvis Presley’s most popular Christmas song was “Blue Christmas”? If you did, hum it loudly on your way to 2.


6. Um…you were kidding, right? Repeat 2.


7. Very good. Go to 28.


8. Oops. Hezekiah was a king, not a book. We won’t tell anyone. Go quietly to 10.


9. Sorry. Matthew is the first of the Gospels, but it was Isaiah whose words foretold the coming Messiah. Let’s go to 12.

10. In How the Grinch Stole Christmas, what shortcoming made the Grinch so cranky?

His shorts were two sizes too tight: Go to 20.

His heart was two sizes too small: Go to 25.


11. Uh…sorry. No casserole. Try again.


12. True or false: The book of Hezekiah foretells the Messiah’s coming.

       True: Go to 8.

       False: Go to 26.


13. Which is the only book to mention the visit of the wise men to the infant Jesus?  

          Matthew: Go to 7.

           Mark: Go to 23.

           Luke: Go to 27.


14. Nice try, but not nice enough. Try again.


15. Very good. 700 years before Christ’s birth, the prophet Isaiah foretold His coming. By the way, did you know that Isaiah’s parents were wise business people? That’s right. They made a little prophet. Let’s go to 12.


16. Hmmm. Carrier turkeys? Try again.


17. What was the first instrument on which “Silent Night” was played?

            The accordian: Go to 21.

            The guitar: Go to 19.  

            The kazoo: Go to 193.  

            The pipe organ: Go to 24.


18. Yes, the turkeys were walked to market in boots that protected their feet from the frozen mud of the road. The feet of geese were protected with a covering of tar. So you haven’t been stumped yet? Just wait. Let’s shuffle off to 3.


19. Right. Slide back to 13.


20. No. The Grinch had heart trouble. Good guess though. Now, we’re off to 17.


21. Sorry. “Silent Night” was first played on the guitar. By the way, my Sunday school teacher played the accordian and carried a beeper. That was optimistic of him, don’t you think? Let’s skip back to 13.


22. Sorry. It looked like that in Ben Hur, but the wise men were never near the manger. Try again.


23. Sorry. Go back to 13 and try again.


24. No. It’s been played on the pipe organ countless times since, but the inaugural playing was on the guitar. Let’s slide back to 13.


25. Yes. We’re off to 17.


26. Good for you. Hezekiah was a king, not a book. Go to 10.


27. No. Luke contains much wisdom but Matthew is the only Gospel to mention the wise men. On to 28.


28. According to the Bible, the wise men

Stood to the left of the manger in the nativity scene: Go to 22.

Brought gifts which included a casserole: Go to 11.

Visited Jesus at his house: Go to 29.


29. Good for you. Matthew 2:11 tells the story of how the wise men worshipped Jesus. May we do the same this Christmas. Now it’s time to tally your score. If you knew that St. Nicholas was Bishop of Myra in modern-day Antalya province, Turkey and had a reputation for secret gift-giving, or if you knew that the War of 1812 officially ended on Christmas Eve 1814, collect three bonus points.

1-2 correct: Yikes. Take an aspirin and try this quiz again in the morning.

3-4: Not bad at all. It’s time to take the quiz with a friend.

4-5: Very good. Get some friends and go caroling!

6 and up: Masterful. Genius. Brilliant. It’s time to go for your doctorate!


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