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Christmas Quiz; How Much Do You Really Know?
Pontifications ^ | December 2008

Posted on 12/22/2008 10:15:06 AM PST by NYer

Take the "Christmas Quiz" at Christian History. Ten questions, among them:

Apart from a famously repetitive carol, what do the "twelve days of Christmas" refer to?

Which of the following best describes the origin of the candy cane?

When did Christians first start celebrating Christmas on December 25?

In 614, Persian invaders sacked Jerusalem. Amidst the destruction they wreaked, however, they left the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem intact. Why?

It's multiple choice, and you get your score at the end. No cheating--that'd be referring to Wikipedia.


TOPICS: History; Religion & Culture; Theology
KEYWORDS: catholic; christian; christmas; orthodox; quiz

1 posted on 12/22/2008 10:15:07 AM PST by NYer
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To: Salvation; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; redhead; Notwithstanding; nickcarraway; Romulus; ...

Honor system. Have fun!


2 posted on 12/22/2008 10:15:48 AM PST by NYer ("Run from places of sin as from a plague." - St. John Climacus)
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To: NYer

8, but one I was just stupid (the candy canes) and the other I disagree with (the date of Christmas).


3 posted on 12/22/2008 10:21:29 AM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse (TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary - recess appointment))
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To: NYer

I took some lucky guesses and got 7.


4 posted on 12/22/2008 10:24:35 AM PST by netmilsmom (Psalm 109:8 - Let his days be few; and let another take his office)
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To: NYer

5 and I guessed at a lot.


5 posted on 12/22/2008 10:29:18 AM PST by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.)
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To: NYer

Yikes! I’ve got some studying to do. I’m sure my kids would blow me away on this one.


6 posted on 12/22/2008 10:30:21 AM PST by Melinda
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To: NYer

I got 5.
Tough quiz.


7 posted on 12/22/2008 10:40:23 AM PST by kidd (Obama: The triumph of hope over evidence)
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To: Jersey Republican Biker Chick

me too


8 posted on 12/22/2008 10:57:36 AM PST by reg45
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To: NYer

I got 6 and feel the failure. I will endeavor to do better.


9 posted on 12/22/2008 10:57:57 AM PST by Neoliberalnot ((Hallmarks of Liberalism: Ingratitude and Envy))
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To: NYer
Got 7! My birthday is March 25. AKA "Annuciation Day"!

"Hail Mary full of grace the Lord is with thee! On my birthday so Dec 25 is the right day!

10 posted on 12/22/2008 11:04:41 AM PST by Young Werther (Julius Caesar (Quae Cum Ita Sunt. Since these things are so.))
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To: NYer

5 here........


11 posted on 12/22/2008 11:06:13 AM PST by tioga
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To: NYer

9 I missed the last one.


12 posted on 12/22/2008 11:50:56 AM PST by kalee
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To: NYer
Scored 8. Does that mean Santa will put me back on his list?
13 posted on 12/22/2008 12:39:15 PM PST by stripes1776 ("That if gold rust, what shall iron do?" --Chaucer)
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To: stripes1776; kalee

Which book of the Bible says that three wise men visited Jesus?


14 posted on 12/22/2008 1:45:20 PM PST by PhilCollins
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To: PhilCollins
Which book of the Bible says that three wise men visited Jesus?

None. they only mention the gifts not the number of bearers.

15 posted on 12/22/2008 2:35:29 PM PST by verga (I am not an apologist, I just play one on Television)
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To: verga

You’re correct. It was a trick question. Too many people assume that three wise men visited Jesus, because Matthew says that they brought three gifts, although the Bible doesn’t say that there were three wise men. My dad is a Lutheran pastor, and he said that, while he was in seminary, he read that 15-18 wise men visited him.


16 posted on 12/22/2008 2:41:38 PM PST by PhilCollins
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To: PhilCollins

I just used this one on my high school students. They are of all denominations, and not one got it.


17 posted on 12/22/2008 3:06:27 PM PST by verga (I am not an apologist, I just play one on Television)
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To: PhilCollins
Which book of the Bible says that three wise men visited Jesus?

Matthew. Can I bump my score up to 9?

18 posted on 12/22/2008 5:42:22 PM PST by stripes1776 ("That if gold rust, what shall iron do?" --Chaucer)
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To: NYer

I, obviously, don’t know Jack, LOL! I only got six of them right. That was HARD, but now I know things I didn’t know before and will flaunt this newly found knowledge at Christmas Dinner.

Thanks! :)


19 posted on 12/22/2008 5:49:32 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin ('Taking the moderate path of appeasement leads to abysmal defeat.' - Rush on 11/05/08)
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To: All
Wikipedia -- Don't use it.

Sign up and Try Conservapedia instead of Wickipedia.  Instead of Google, try Pro-Life Internet.
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20 posted on 12/22/2008 5:55:20 PM PST by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: PhilCollins
You’re correct. It was a trick question. Too many people assume that three wise men visited Jesus, because Matthew says that they brought three gifts, although the Bible doesn’t say that there were three wise men.

OK, trick question. In that case it doesn't say three gifts either. It only says gifts, and their contents. If there were 45 wise men and they each left 2 gifts, that would make 90 gifts. That might be enough to build a church with.

Merry Christmas.

21 posted on 12/22/2008 5:55:55 PM PST by stripes1776 ("That if gold rust, what shall iron do?" --Chaucer)
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To: stripes1776

No, Matthew doesn’t say that three wise men visited Jesus. Matthew says that wise men visited him and brought three gifts. Many people assume that there were three wise, one for each gift, but the Bible doesn’t say that there were three wise men. My dad is a Lutheran pastor, and, while he was in seminary, he learned that there were 15-18 wise men.


22 posted on 12/23/2008 7:07:49 AM PST by PhilCollins
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To: PhilCollins
Matthew says that wise men visited him and brought three gifts...there were 15-18 wise men.

OK, where does it say "three gifts"? It only mentions some substances. It there were 18 wise men and each brought 5 gifts, that would make 90 gifts. Now that is what I call a Christmas!

23 posted on 12/23/2008 10:53:51 AM PST by stripes1776 ("That if gold rust, what shall iron do?" --Chaucer)
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To: stripes1776

It doesn’t say the words “three gifts.” The second chapter of Matthew states, “Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, ‘Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.’ When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. “ You’re correct. Each of the 15-18 wise men might have given one container of gold, frankincense, or myrrh. If that happened, Jesus would have received 15-18 gifts.


24 posted on 12/23/2008 11:32:04 AM PST by PhilCollins
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To: PhilCollins
Each of the 15-18 wise men might have given one container of gold, frankincense, or myrrh. If that happened, Jesus would have received 15-18 gifts.

That is a possibility--one gift per person. But it does not say one gift per person. Each person could have given many gifts or none at all. For example, wise man #1 could have give two gifts of gold. Would the gifts have been in the form of bouillon or rings or bracelets? It does not say. So take your pick.

But to limit each person to only one gift is reading specifics into the text that are not there. It does not say how many gifts each gave.

25 posted on 12/23/2008 6:39:26 PM PST by stripes1776 ("That if gold rust, what shall iron do?" --Chaucer)
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To: AnAmericanMother

my results exactly. Who says December 25th wasn’t the day? All the ancient churches celebrate around that date. Why are there no records of people complaining that the Nativity feast day was moved?

Merry Christmas!


26 posted on 12/24/2008 7:47:23 AM PST by Nihil Obstat
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To: Nihil Obstat
And Merry Christmas to you!

Going to have the Midnight Mass Marathon this evening . . . we do a "pre game show" while folks who haven't been since last year are trying to find seats. We'll play and sing traditional motets and carols for 1/2 hour before the service. You don't realize how long 1/2 hour is until you have to sing!

Both my husband and I play in the handbell choir AND sing in the Traditional Choir. There are two other handbell ringers who sing, too. So there's a lot of scampering back and forth as the singers run to take their places at the handbell table, and vice versa. Somehow we will survive, we always manage to.

27 posted on 12/24/2008 10:58:15 AM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse (TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary - recess appointment))
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To: AnAmericanMother
We'll play and sing traditional motets and carols for 1/2 hour before the service. You don't realize how long 1/2 hour is until you have to sing!

1/2 hour? Before Midnight, we're singing for an hour - including the Poulenc "Gloria" (God, help us. St. Cecilia, pray for us). And then some of us are singing the 5 pm with the brass quintet and then 10 am tomorrow. Being in the choir at the Mother Ship is a lot of work. I'm not in the bell scholette, but they're joining us, too.

Tomorrow - two martinis and bed.

28 posted on 12/24/2008 11:54:20 AM PST by Desdemona (Tolerance of grave evil is NOT a Christian virtue (I choose virtue. Values change too often).)
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To: Desdemona
The two martinis and bed plan sounds like a good one.

We aspire to more and better music . . . but we gotta get more people!!!!!!!

29 posted on 12/24/2008 1:20:57 PM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse (TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary - recess appointment))
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To: Jersey Republican Biker Chick

6... I got lucky!


30 posted on 12/27/2008 12:11:37 PM PST by Northern Yankee (Freedom Needs A Soldier)
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