Are you up to the challenge of the Christmas IQ test?

Step right up and test your knowledge of what the Bible says regarding the Christmas story.


The correct answers may surprise some of you – I know the first time I took it nearly a dozen years ago I failed miserably. You may be surprised to discover how many of your responses are shaped by traditions and songs instead of by Scripture.

I will post the answers along with their biblical references where applicable in the first comment shortly after publishing the post. Enjoy!

  1. For the journey to Bethlehem, Mary and Joseph
    a) walked
    b) Joseph walked; Mary rode a donkey
    c) rode a bus
    d) Who knows?
  2. When Mary became pregnant, Mary and Joseph were
    a) married
    b) just friends
    c) engaged
    d) none of the above
  3. When Mary became pregnant
    a) Joseph married her
    b) Joseph wanted to dissolve their relationship
    c) Mary left Nazareth for a while
    d) both b and c
  4. Christmas has always been observed
    a) on December 25
    b) on January 17
    c) at Grandma’s house
    d) none of the above
  5. How many wise men came to see Jesus? ________
  6. Who directed Mary and Joseph to go to Bethlehem?
    a) Herod
    b) an angel
    c) Caesar
    d) the IRS
  7. Just what is a heavenly host?
    a) an angelic choir
    b) the welcoming angel in heaven
    c) an army of angels
    d) none of the above
  8. How many angels spoke to the shepherds?
    a) a multitude
    b) two – Gabriel and Michael
    c) one
    d) Who knows?
  9. What song did the angels sing?
    a) ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’
    b) ‘Joy to the World’
    c) ‘Glory to God in the Highest’
    d) none of the above
  10. Baby Jesus was born in a
    a) cave
    b) manger
    c) barn
    d) Who knows?
  11. Joseph’s family was from
    a) Jerusalem
    b) Nazareth
    c) Bethlehem
    d) none of the above
  12. What animals were present at Jesus’ birth?
    a) cows, sheep and camels
    b) cows, sheep and donkeys
    c) lions and tigers and bears
    d) Who knows?
  13. What is a manger anyway?
    a) a barn
    b) a place for hay
    c) a feeding trough
    d) a Bible term for the church nursery
  14. When did baby Jesus cry?
    a) when he opened the wise men’s gifts
    b) whenever babies usually cried
    c) when the cattle started lowing
    d) ‘no crying’ he makes
  15. Who saw the star over Bethlehem?
    a) Mary and Joseph
    b) shepherds
    c) three kings
    d) none of the above
  16. What in the world are Magi?
    a) Eastern Kings
    b) bankers
    c) astrologers
    d) school teachers
  17. When the wise men brought their gifts to Jesus, they found Him in
    a) a manger
    b) a house
    c) Vacation Bible School
    d) none of the above
  18. What sign were the shepherds to look for?
    a) a star over the stable
    b) a barn outlined with Christmas lights
    c) a baby in a manger
    d) both a and c
  19. What did the innkeeper say to Mary and Joseph?
    a) ‘I have a stable out back.’
    b) ‘Come back after the holidays.’
    c) ‘There’s no room in the inn.’
    d) none of the above
  20. In what books of the Bible will you find these fascinating facts?
    a) Matthew, Mark, Luke and John
    b) Matthew and Luke
    c) Mark and Matthew
    d) Matthew, Mark and Luke

(from HomeLife magazine, December 2002 issue, pgs 28-29)

So now you have arrived at the moment of truth.

How did you do?



About bwebbjr

A grandfather, father, husband, man, and a child of God who is following Christ Jesus and working out his salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work IN me, both to will and to work for His good pleasure (Philippians 2:12-13). I dodged my first bullet with cancer when a cancerous polyp was removed in a sigmoid colectomy surgery in August 2007. Four years later, in the midst of a second colectomy surgery we discovered I had Stage IV metastatic colon cancer. Rather than colectomy surgery I had colostomy surgery, which now means the colostomy bag is a part of my everyday life ... with the emphasis on life. God has given us a peace beyond understanding as my wife and I have traveled this journey. By the grace of God I am blessed to be a 6 plus year cancer survivor aka warrior. In writing, I am often wrestling with my own personal struggles and beliefs and in the midst God leads me to a lesson He wants me to learn ... or sometimes He simply touches me in the revelation of Himself. My hope is that the result you see here might touch your heart and glorify God. And let me be clear ... I am not the only one with something to say. Please join in the conversation sharing your faith, your cancer experiences, etc. I would love to hear from you. Bernie
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3 Responses to Are you up to the challenge of the Christmas IQ test?

  1. bwebbjr says:

    1-d The Bible gives no record of their means of travel
    2-c See Matthew 1:18
    3-d See Matthew 1:19, Luke 1:39,56
    4-d December 25 was selected late in the 4th century as the day to celebrate Christ’ birth.
    5-See Matthew 2:11. The Bible doesn’t say how many – only that Magi came bringing gold, frankincense and myrrh
    6-c See Luke 2:1
    8c See Luke 2:10
    9-d See Luke 2:13. They didn’t sing, they spoke. OK, if you picked c, we’ll give you a point.
    10-d See Luke 2:7. We aren’t told where Jesus was born, only that after His birth He was laid in a manger.
    11-c See Luke 2:4
    12-d The Bible doesn’t say anything about animals being present.
    13-c A trough or open box in which feed for livestock is placed.
    14-b He was fully human as well as fully God.
    15-d Three kings are not mentioned in the Bible, only in songs.
    16-c astrologers who dabbled in the natural sciences.
    17-b see Matthew 2:11
    18-c see Luke 2:12
    19-d an innkeeper is never mentioned in the scriptures
    20-b Check it out!

    Scoring Scale

    19-20 correct
    Congratulations! You can separate fact from fiction

    16-18 correct
    Not Bad! Truth wins over tradition

    11-15 correct
    Uh-oh! You’ve been to too many Christmas plays.

    10 or below correct

  2. I didn’t do bad at all, lol. I did miss #1 though. Had the walking, donkey riding image in my mind.

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