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10 Fun Christmas Trivia Questions and Answers

Here are 10 fun Christmas trivia questions and answers for you.

Was Christmas observance ever illegal?

Yes it was. In England, Christmas was banned for a time by the Puritan Oliver Cromwell in 1649 who outlawed both Christmas carols and Christmas celebrations. This ban lasted until 1660. Even in the Colonies, it was illegal in Boston to observe Christmas from 1659 to 1681.

There were three wise men or magi?  True or False?

False. The Bible doesn’t tell us how many wise men or magi came to bring gifts to Jesus. The Bible only tells us that they brought three different kinds of gifts and those gifts had special meaning (Matt 2:1-11). The gold was a customary offering or gift when visiting a king. The frankincense was burned in worship service as a fragrant pleasing to God and represented prayer but also worshiping God. The myrrh came from Arabia and was typically used in burials but sometimes it was mixed with wine and offered to those being crucified.

Did Christmas carols originate in churches?

No, Christmas carols were always sang outside and never sang inside the church until the 13th century when St. Francis of Assisi introduced the idea of bringing them into the church as part of the worship services.

Did the angels sing at Jesus’ birth? Do angels sing?

No, there is not Bible verse anywhere that says angels sing. They rejoice, they shout, and they speak, but never does it say they sing.

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What does the word “noel” have to do with Christmas?

The word “noel” is derived from the French saying “Les bonnes nouvelles” and means “the good news” so the first noel was the good news of Jesus Christ being born as a King and later, becomes our Savior.

Who had the first Christmas tree?

According to church legend, Martin Luther (1483-1546) was so moved by the beauty of the stars shining between the branches of a fir tree that he brought home an evergreen tree and decorated it with candles to share the image with his children, so was he the first person to decorate a Christmas tree? No, we have no proof of that. Nobody knows who the first to use a Christmas tree was but it may have been the Germans who made the first artificial Christmas trees out of dyed goose feathers.

Was Jesus was born in a barn or stable?

Neither; the best biblical scholarship says that Jesus was probably in a cave where they also kept the animals at night.

Was Jesus born in December?

Even though Pope Julius I chose December 25 for the Feast of the Nativity, it seems improbable that Jesus was born in December, particularly on the 25th. When the shepherds heard the announcement of Jesus’ birth from the angels, they were still living in the fields as night (Luke 2:8), which would not be a good time of year to tend sheep and on top of that, to be out there in the middle of the night. Bible scholars believe Jesus was born in September and around 5-6 B.C.

What does the holly represent?

Even the world “holiday” is derived from “holy day” so “holly” is rooted in the word “holy.” The Christmas holly decoration represents Christ’s crown of thorns and the red berries, His very own blood.

Did Christmas stop a war?

Yes, Christmas did stop a war. It was World War One and a “Christmas Truce” was declared in 1914 between the British and the Germans. This began when troops on both sides took Christmas Eve off from the war and then began singing Christmas carols. Later, they came out to greet one another and shake hands while some even exchanged cigarettes as gifts.

Conclusion

We hope you can get some enjoyment out of these questions and answers about Christmas. There’s still a lot we don’t know but we do know the most important thing about Christmas. It’s where the Word of God was dwelling with God and becoming flesh (John 1) to live a sinless life to offer Himself as the once-and-for-all sacrifice (Rom 5, 10) for those who have repented and believed.

If you believe in Him, you have eternal life (John 3:36a) but if you reject Him, you have the wrath of God abiding on you at this very moment (John 3:36b).

Bible Quiz: Test your knowledge

Does the Bible say who Adam’s children were?

Find the answer to that question and test your knowledge with the latest quiz from United Methodist Communications.

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Take the Advent, Christmas music quiz

We invite you to take a short quiz about the music and beloved hymns of “The most wonderful time of the year.” We encourage you to share the link with others, especially fellow choir members, and compare your scores! After you take the quiz, review the complete answers and learn more about the sounds of the season.

Download, print and share this Advent & Christmas Music Quiz with your church, family and friends!

Test your knowledge with our other quizzes, especially our Advent Quiz and Christmas Quiz.

The Peanuts gang sings a Charles Wesley hymn in the final scene of “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

Can you name the hymn?

Click on this link to take the quiz

Merry Christmas!

 

 

Tim Hawkins Shares His Favorite—and Most Hilarious—Christmas Memories

Tim Hawkins shares some of his favorite Christmas memories in a way only he can.

There’s the time as a child that he got the words to “Do You Hear What I Hear?” mixed up during the Christmas pageant and ended up singing about baby Jesus’s tail. Then there’s the time he splurged to give his daughter a new iPod, only to find out it was the wrong one. Finally, there’s the Christmas puppy that every child wants and every parent tries to talk them out of.

If you haven’t laughed enough this Christmas season, you’re in luck. Hawkins is here to share the best and most humorous parts of Christmas.

 

Quick Quiz – Do You Believe a False Teaching?

A 2014 survey conducted by LifeWay Research for Ligonier Ministries reveals that many American evangelicals hold views condemned as heretical by some of the most important councils of the early church.
 
Nearly a quarter of participants believe false teachings about Jesus, and more than half about the Holy Spirit.
 
Find out if you are among them by answering “true” or “false” to the following statements:
 
1. God the Father and Jesus Christ are equally divine.
2. Jesus is a hybrid, partially divine and partially human.
3. God the Son is uncreated.
4. The Holy Spirit is a force
5. The Holy Spirit is less divine than the Father and the Son.

 

 
ANSWERS
 
1. True.

The Council of Nicaea in 325 affirmed that the Father and the Son are of the same divine essence, and condemned Subordinationism, which teaches that Jesus is inferior to the Father.
 
2. False.

Apollinarianism, condemned at the Council of Constantinople in 381, taught that Jesus is not equally human and divine, but is one person with one nature. Jesus has a human body and soul, but a divine mind.
 
3. True.

The Council of Nicaea affirmed that the Son is coeternal with the Father, and condemned Arianism, which taught that the Son was created by God before time.
 
4. False.

The Council of Constantinople affirmed that the Spirit is coequal to the Father and Son, and condemned Pneumatomachianism, which taught that the Spirit was a created force or power, not a person of the Trinity.
 
5. False.

Subordinationism, ruled out by the Nicene Creed, teaches that the Spirit is inferior to the Father and the Son.

 

United Methodist Communion Quiz!

We invite you to take a short quiz to test your knowledge on the sacrament of Communion in The United Methodist Church.
 
Check it out here.

Be sure to share the link with friends so you can compare scores!

 

Just for Fun – An Organist’s LAST JOB!

 

 

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UMC Holy Week Quiz

We invite you to take a short quiz by clicking here to test your knowledge of Holy Week and Easter.  Be sure to share the link to this page with friends so you can compare scores later.
 
Download, print and share this quiz with your church, family and friends!
 
After you take the quiz, click here to see all the answers and learn more about Holy Week and Easter.
 
 
*Spoilers: Click here to visit the Complete Answers page.

 

 

Lent and Easter Quiz

Why does Lent last 40 days?

Test your knowledge with this and other questions about the seasons of Lent and Easter.

The quiz has a new question each weekday.

Click here to go to the quiz!

 

 

Advent Quiz: Test your knowledge of the season

UMC.Org Advent Quiz

Advent is a special time in the life of the church. It begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve.

See how much you know about the traditions and symbols of the season by clicking on the daily questions below.

We encourage you to share the link to this page with others. Our goal is to make the quiz enlightening and entertaining.  Good luck!

Click here to go to the Quiz Page, and then click on a date to take that day’s quiz!

 

 

 

Christmas Fun – “Angels We Have Heard on High”

Angels We Have Heard on High

Here’s a great video of the four “Piano Guys” doing some amazing things on (and to) a piano with this favorite carol.

Angels We Have Heard on High

Merry Christmas!

Christmas Fun – “The Silent Monks Sing the Hallelujah Chorus”

Here is a great little video guaranteed to make your season bright!  It’s just a fun skit — a bunch of high schoolers who to the delight of their audience pondered just how a bunch of monks who’d taken a vow of silence might put on a Christmas concert.

Silent Monks Sing the Hallelujah ChorusIt’s from the South Kitsap High School’s Vocal Music Christmas Concert – The Silent Monks Sing the Hallelujah Chorus, recorded on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 in Port Orchard, WA.

The Silent Monks Sing the Hallelujah Chorus

Merry Christmas!

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What a Scorcher!

What a Scorcher!

Summer is the season of vacations, long lazy days, and fun in the sun. But it’s also the season of heat, humidity, and heavy perspiring.

If it’s any consolation, remember that the people in Bible days couldn’t escape to air-conditioned comfort, nor even count on a steady supply of water to quench their thirst.

So, pour yourself an icy drink and dig into these questions about the scorching effects of hot weather:  What a Scorcher!

 

 

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Can you match these Bible Couples?

 

 

 

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What Do You Know About Storms in the Bible?

As seasonal storms blow, we are reminded that it is God who “spreads the snow like wool and scatters the frost like ashes” (Ps. 147:16).

The Bible tells of times that God used weather and other forces of nature to accomplish his purposes, in blessing and in judgment.

Test your knowledge of these forces of nature that are found in Scripture (with questions that get increasingly more difficult as you go along):  Storms

 

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What’s in a Name?

Names in the Bible often have significance, telling us something about the person’s attributes or circumstances.

Several people in the Bible were given new names, usually after they or their situations changed.

Test your knowledge of these famous biblical name changes:  What’s in a Name?

 

 

 

 

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Days of Celebration

Throughout his life, Jesus faithfully celebrated all of the Old Testament Jewish festivals (see Lev. 23).

Like our Christian holidays, these feasts recalled God’s saving acts and providence.

Match the description to the correct Jewish festival below (but be careful – not all of the names listed are actual Jewish festivals):  Days of Celebration

 

 

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A Turn of Phrase

Many modern-day phrases are direct or slightly modified quotations from the Bible.

But some familiar sayings are assumed to be biblical when they actually are not.

Can you detect the true biblical phrases from the false ones: A Turn of Phrase?

 

The Bible Out Loud

The Bible Out Loud

In Old Testament times, the Bible had to be read in public because most people couldn’t read and the sacred scrolls were scarce.

How well do you know the details of these occasions when the Scriptures were read aloud?  The Bible Out Loud

 

 

 

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Try this quiz to find out how much you know about boats and ships in the Bible:  Don’t Miss the Boat