A Yuletide refresher

Christmas quiz might sharpen holiday knowledge

Christmas quiz might sharpen holiday knowledge

December 21, 2007|By LISA PREJEAN

The scent of evergreens, the jingle of bells, the warmth of a fire, the crinkle of ribbon, the twinkle of lights ... the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas are all around us. We're busy preparing for this holiday and are quite immersed in it, so we should be quite familiar with it.

But are we really?

We start to sing a Christmas carol and have to hum through the third line.

Mom's cookie recipe was really basic - until it was attempted from memory.

We remember the Christmas stories we've heard, but sometimes the details are fuzzy.

Perhaps your memory is sharper than most.

If so, congratulations. If not, that's OK. The Christmas spirit is not only one of joy, but of acceptance, forgiveness and grace.

You can brush up on your Yuletide knowledge before your next holiday gathering.

See how you do on this little 20-question quiz. The answers appear at bottom of story.


1. In this Christmas spiritual, we are instructed to "Go tell it on the _______."

2. Christ's birth was first proclaimed to the _______.

3. A feeding trough also can be called a _________.

4. "Angels we have heard on ________."

5. Who was the only Old Testament prophet to name Bethlehem as the town where Jesus would be born?

6. Finish the words of this traditional carol:

"Christmas is coming! The goose is getting fat;

Please put a penny in the old man's _____."

7. This name of Jesus means "God with us."

8. Fill in the blank: "Deck the halls with boughs of _______."

9. Name the angel who visited Mary.

10. Which Christmas song contains this line:

"The stars in the sky looked down where He lay."

11. "O Tannenbaum" is a song about a Christmas _______.

12. Who was emperor of Rome when Jesus was born?

13. What famous Christmas story starts with the line, "One dollar and eighty-seven cents"?

14. Mary and Joseph traveled to Bethlehem from this city.

15. The book of Genesis states that Jesus would come from the tribe of _________.

16. From what Christmas carol does this line come?:

"And heaven and nature sing."

17. Fill in the blank:

"It Came Upon a _____________ Clear."

18. On the first day of Christmas, what does a true love bring?

19. This Old Testament prophet said Jesus would be the "Prince of Peace."

20. Bethlehem also is called the city of this Old Testament king.


1. "Mountain"

2. Shepherds. They were considered the lowliest of workers, and yet they were chosen to receive the news first.

3. manger

4. "High"

5. Micah (In Micah 5:2, Bethlehem is named as the birthplace of Christ. This text was written 800 years before Christ was born.)

6. "hat"

7. Emmanuel

8. "holly"

9. Gabriel

10. "Away in a Manger"

11. tree

12. Caesar Augustus

13. "The Gift of the Magi"

14. Nazareth

15. Judah

16. "Joy to the World"

17. Midnight

18. A partridge in a pear tree

19. Isaiah

20. David

Lisa Tedrick Prejean writes a weekly column for The Herald-Mail's Family page. Send e-mail to her at

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