By Cath Taylor

Can you answer all these questions about the Christmas story correctly?

December 7th, 2017

Of course you can!  You’ve heard this story all your life!  You’ve sung about it.  Sat through the readings at the midnight service.  You’ve got this one.  Go for it.

The first words the Angel Michael said to Mary were:

a)  “Greetings, you who are highly favoured.”

b)  “Surprise!”

c)  “Fear not, for the Lord is with you.”

d) None of the above

A – Ha, none of the above, trick question.  It was the Angel Gabriel, not Michael. (He did greet Mary as the highly favoured one, though.)


Mary travelled across the country to give birth to Jesus

a) On a camel

b) On a donkey

c) By goat

d) The Bible doesn’t say

A- the Bible doesn’t actually say, but surely it was a donkey?  That beautiful lyric in “Little Donkey” can’t be wrong…


The account of Jesus’ birth can be found in

a) Matthew, Mark and Luke

b) Mark and Luke

c) John, Mark and Matthew

d) Matthew and Luke

A – Matthew and Luke.  The others skip the whole affair.


What did the angels do to get the attention of the shepherds in the fields?

a) Flashmob

b) Sang

c) Called out loudly

d) Bible doesn’t say

A – They called out loudly “Glory to God in the Highest” and shouted praises.  The idea of the Heavenly Host singing as a choir in the sky is attractive, but not exactly what the scriptures report.


Jesus’ first visitors were

a) Mother in law

b) Sheep and shepherds together

c) Bible doesn’t say

d) Wisemen and shepherds together

A – Shepherds.  Technically, the sheep would probably have been with them.


Jesus was born

a) In a stable

b) In a cave

c) Bible doesn’t say

d) At the back of an inn

A – The bible really doesn’t say exactly where Jesus was born and attempts to unravel what was meant by the word traditionally translated as ‘inn’ are quite fascinating.  Do some googling!

How many wise men came to visit?

a) 3

b) 5

c) 7

d) Bible doesn’t say

A  – Again, the bible doesn’t say how many there were, only that they were from the East.  And wise.  And bearing gifts, none of them all that useful for a newborn.


How many did you get right?  All of them?  Well done!  Your prize is a free trip here to our website *Shameless plug.

Merry Christmas 🙂




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