Answers to the Christmas Quiz!

How well do you know the meaning of Christmas?

Questions

Christmas is celebrated by Christians worldwide on December 25th.

The “Xmas” abbreviation dates back at least to the 16th century.

There were three wise men that came from the East.

Christians have always celebrated Christmas.

The wise men came to Jesus when He was in a house.

Christmas was declared a federal holiday after the Civil War.

Concerns about the excessive giving of Christmas’ gifts first happened in the 1950’s.

“Yule” is an old German word for log.

Christmas was once outlawed in the United States of America.

Christ came to give us Christmas.

Answers

False!

Worldwide, Christians have Christmas celebrations anywhere from December 24 to January 7th.

True!

The Greek letter “Chi” or “X” was used for “Christ” from the early days of Christianity.  Later, “X”mas took the place of Christmas.

False!

Well, maybe false.  The Bible tells of three gifts.  Who knows how many wise men brought them?  (Matt.2:1-12)

False!

Christmas didn’t start to be celebrated until the 4th century.  Early Christian leaders, such as Tertullian, didn’t even talk about it, and some, such as Origen, even wrote against it. 

True!

Following Jesus’ birth, Joseph and Mary moved into a house and this is where the wise men followed the star.  Jesus could have been up to two years old at this time, as the Bible says He was a child.  (Matt. 2:11)

True!

President Ulysses S. Grant declared Christmas a national holiday in 1870.

False!

People have worried about this for ages!  Harriet Beecher Stowe even wrote about a character complaining about how shopping sprees would ruin the true meaning of Christmas in 1850.

False!

Although there is such a thing as a Yule Log, Yule was an ancient pagan festival that was incorporated into Christmas.  Today, Yule is a synonym for Christmas in some places.

False, but ...

Christmas was in fact outlawed in Boston from 1659 to 1681 before the USA became a country.

False!

Christmas has undergone many changes over the years, but what’s important about Christmas is not knowing its history.  The most important thing is knowing Christ.  Christ came to give us eternal life, not a holiday or even a religion!  (John 10:10)  You can have it by believing He can save you and asking for forgiveness for your sin.  Have you received His gift?

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