It’s CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN 2020 here on GUWG where from now until December 25 we’re preparing our hearts for the arrival of the Savior of the World.

A recent study revealed that a shockingly low 12% of adults — and only 8% of those ages 18-24 — know the basics of the real Christmas story.

How well do you know the true facts about Christmas? Take this quick little quiz to find out.


1.  What did the prophet Micah foretell more than 500 years B.C.?
a.  The end of the world in 2015
b.  That the Grinch would be unsuccessful in stopping Christmas
c.  That Jesus would be born in Bethlehem
d.  All of the above

2.  Who was Jesus’ cousin, born a few months before him?
a.  James
b.  John
c.  Joshua
d.  Jehoshaphat

3.  What angel announced the coming of Jesus’ birth to Mary?
a.  Gabriel
b.  Michael
c.  Harold
d.  Clarence

4.  Who told Joseph and Mary to go to Bethlehem?
a.  An angel
b.  Caesar
c.  A talking donkey
d.  A little drummer boy

5.  How did Joseph and Mary get to Bethlehem?
a.  Mary rode a donkey while Joseph walked beside her
b.  By chariot
c.  By boat
d.  We don’t know

6. What exactly is a manger?
a.  Warm, cozy and nice-smelling place to have a baby
b.  A wooden shed
c.  A feeding trough
d.  A cave

7.  According to the Bible, Jesus never cried and thus his birthday truly was a “silent night.”
a.  True
b.  False

8.  What animals were around the manger?
a.  Monkeys and giraffes
b.  Donkeys, sheep, cattle and camels
c.  Lions, tigers and bears
d.  We don’t know

9.  What song did the angels sing to the shepherds?
a.  Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
b.  Joy to the World
c.  Free Bird
d.  None of the above

10. What did the shepherds do after seeing the baby Jesus?
a.  Went to sleep
b.  Went shopping
c.  Drank eggnog and sang Christmas carols
d.  Spread the good news

11. When and where did the Magi visit Jesus?
a.  While he was lying in the manger
b.  Months after his birth, in a house
c.  On Jesus’ 1st birthday, at Chuck E. Cheese’s
d.  They didn’t

12. How many Magi were there?
a.  3
b.  7
c.  A “host”
d.  We don’t know

13. What exactly is a “Magi” anyway?
a.  Wise man
b.  King
c.  Astrologer
d.  Magician

14. Who wanted to kill the baby Jesus?
a.  Judas
b.  King Herod
c.  The Abominable Snowman
d.  No one

15. After Joseph, Mary and Jesus left Bethlehem, they went where?
a.  Egypt
b.  Jerusalem
c.  Milwaukee
d.  Nazareth

16. For centuries after Jesus’ birth, Christmas was celebrated when?
a.  December 25
b.  January 1
c.  The day after Arbor Day
d.  It wasn’t

17. What does “Immanuel” mean?
a.  The first Christmas
b.  God with us
c.  Peace on earth
d.  He who gets the most toys for Christmas wins

18. What does “Advent” mean?
a.  Giving
b.  Receiving
c.  Lighting
d.  Coming

19. The Bible mentions grandmas getting run over by reindeer.
a.  True
b.  False

20. Which holiday movie actually quotes from the Bible?
a.  Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer
b.  A Charlie Brown Christmas
c.  Frosty the Snowman
d.  Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

Tune in tomorrow for the answers. In the meantime, read Matthew 1-2 and Luke 1-2 for the real Christmas story.

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