Great Big Christmas Quiz II

While knowing Christmas trivia won’t bring the season to life, it did help you pass our First Christmas Quiz (or did it?). So grab a pencil and a friend and see how well you do this time. Don’t forget your funnybone!


1. According to the Bible, Jacob Marley was:


The third wise man in the book of Hezekiah: Go to 5.

The Innkeeper: Go to 5.

Nowhere to be found: Go to 3. 


2. From where did the Grinch steal Christmas and where did he try to take it?

From Atlantic to Pacific: Go to 11.

From Whoville to the Mt. Crumpit: Go to 7.


3. Good start. But things will get tougher. By the way, “The Little Drummer Boy” was composed in 1958 and has no less than 21 rum pu pum pums in it. Now, march back to 2.


4. Vixen, Santa’s only female reindeer, has antlers. How could this be?

The writer forgot that female deer have no antlers: Go to 15.

Both male and female reindeer have antlers: Go to 10.


5. Okay, this is going to be a long quiz for you. Quietly try again.

7. Correct! Haven’t been stumped yet? Just wait. Off to 4 for a deep theological question.


10. Very good. Reindeer are the only type of deer God made this way. Prance on to 20.

11. Oops. That’s a line from “There’s No Place Like Home For the Holidays.” (Or as my brother used to sing, “There’s no food like spuds for the hollandaise”) Back to 2.


12. In what movie did Bing Crosby first sing “White Christmas”?


Holiday Inn: Go to 22.

Best Western: Go to 21.

Die Hard: Go to 27.

White Christmas: Go to 25.


13. You're right. The Puritans considered Christmas trees and decorations to be pagan, and outlawed them in Massachusetts until 1859. Sail on to 20.


14. Good guess, but you’re low. Try again.


15. Sorry. Male and female reindeer both have antlers. Prance to 20.


16. True or false: The New England Puritans forbade Christmas celebrations.

False: Go to 18.

True: Go to 13.


18. Sorry, go to 13.


19. Very good. They are Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, Mary. Why not read one of their fascinating stories this Christmas? Now, back to 12.


20. In Matthew’s geneology how many women are mentioned?


Two: Go to 14.

Five: Go to 19.

Seven: Go to 23.


21. Um…very bad guess. Try again a little more slowly.


22. Very good! Soon after its release in 1941, the film became the highest grossing musical up until that time. Onwards to 24.


23. Sorry, try again.


24. What is the shape of the candy cane modeled after?

A fish hook: Go to 33.
A hockey stick: Go to 34.

A shepherd’s crook: go to 31.


25. Close but no award. Try again.


26. Sorry. Try again.


27. Uh…give your head a good shake. It was the explosion-free Holiday Inn. Jump back to 24.


28. Which of these events did not occur on Christmas Day?

Charlemagne was crowned Holy Roman Emperor: Go to 35.

Ebenezer Scrooge talked with the ghost of Jacob Marley. Go to 30.

King Arthur pulled Excalibur from the stone. Go to 26.

30. Very good. I know if was fictional, but the discussion happened on Christmas Eve. Flutter forward to 36.

31. Sweet answer! Dip back to 28.


33. Aha! You swallowed it! Wrong answer. Give it another go.


34. Ouch. Two minutes for being tripped up. Try again.


35. Sorry. Try again.


36. How did Xmas originate as an abbreviation for Christmas?

People were in more of a hurry to write things back then: Go to 43.

Atheists refused to accept “Christ” as part of the word: Go to 42.
The Greek word for Christ is Xristos: Go to 38.

38. Very good. “Christ” has often been written as “XP or Xt” for the past 1,000 years. Let’s go to 40.


40. How many sides does a snowflake have?

6: Go to 46.

8: Go to 45.


41. Nice try. The early Christians celebrated the risen Christ, but Christmas came much later. Try again.


42. It’s surprising how many think so, but it’s not true. One more try.


43. Nice try, but try again.


44. When was Christmas first celebrated?

Three years after Jesus was crucified: Go to 41.

1939: Go to 47.

In the 4th Century: Go to 49.


45. Close. The correct answer is six. Go back one to 44.


46. Yes. In rare cases, at a temperature of around −2°, snowflakes can form in threefold symmetry. Isn’t God’s creation amazing? Pull on a sweater and head for 44.


47. No. That was the year New York ad writer Robert May penned “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” as copy for a Montgomery Ward department store giveaway. Try again.


49. Excellent. Congratulations! You have reached the end. But before you tally your score, do you know where Christmas Island is? Go to 50 to find out.


50. Aren’t you glad there won’t be a test like this when you reach heaven? We’ll be celebrating the child of the manger, our risen Savior. Well, it’s time to tally your score. If you know that Christmas Island is in the Indian Ocean or that there were numbers missing in this quiz, collect 2 bonus points.

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

3-4: Not bad at all. Your potential is showing.

4-5: Very good! Have an extra chocolate.

6 or more: Masterful! Brilliant! Genius! 


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