Each year as Christmas draws near, we ask the brightest people we know to put together a Christmas quiz. They always say no, so we do it ourselves. Today we present the fifth installment of our popular Laugh Again Christmas Quiz. Scroll down to the bottom for the answers.
1. The third verse of Silent Night begins:
a) In the meadow we can build a snowman.
b) He’s makin’ a list of chicken and rice.
c) Silent night, holy night! Son of God, love’s pure light.
2. Who was Roman Emperor when Jesus was born?
a) Caesar Augustus
b) Herod the Great
c) Bob the Mediocre
3. What family tradition did U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt perform each Christmas Eve?
a) Decking the halls with bows of holly
b) Plucking the feathers of the Christmas turkey
c) Reading the pages of A Christmas Carol and acting out the parts
4. What historic event heightened holiday spirits in Berlin in 1989?
a) The Wiener Schnitzel parade
b) The fall of the Berlin wall
c) The building of the world’s largest snowman
5. The date of Christ’s birth is noted in which book of the Bible.
c) 2nd Festuvus
1. c) By the way, that phrase doesn’t mean that He loves pure light, but that He is love’s pure light.
2. a) Caesar Augustus. Herod the Great was king of Judea. Bob the Mediocre was a great uncle I had on my mother’s side.
4. I know we all enjoy a good Wiener schnitzel parade, but the answer is b) The fall of the Berlin wall, which was a guarded concrete barrier dividing Berlin for 28 years.
5. d) The Bible never mentions a specific date for the Nativity. Many scholars believe the actual date of Christ’s birth was some time in the spring.
In AD 320, church leaders were debating the proper date to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Since pagans were already exalting deities with some parallels to the true deity, they decided to seize the date and introduce a new festival. Christmas was first celebrated December 25th AD 336. St. Augustine said, “We hold this day holy, not like the pagans because of the birth of the sun, but because of Him who made it.” God loves to redeem broken things. It’s why God sent His Son to this broken world. And now, let’s tally those scores. If you got less than three right, dunk your head in a snow bank. If you got six or seven right, you are a certified “Laugh Again Christmas know-it-all.” Make yourself a badge. Show it to your friends. Better yet, tell them about the real reason you are celebrating this Christmas.
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