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Christmas Quiz

By Travis Childs
Pioneer Sentinel
It has been my pleasure to write this column for the past year.  My hope is to encourage historical thinking.  We need to seek understanding for why past events happened and why they are significant today.  With that in mind we are going to take a brief break from our investigation of United States History, and engage instead in a seasonal discussion.

There are many aspects of Christmas that we see or hear repeatedly throughout the Christmas season.  They are so present that we just accept them as part of what Christmas is, now.  However, many details have been added over the years.  I could talk about the origins of Saint Nicholas and Santa Claus.

I personally have always been bothered by the opening lines of the song “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” specifically the line “but do you recall the most famous reindeer of all.”  If he is the most famous reindeer, then why wouldn’t we be able to recall him.  The answer is because Rudolph had only been known to the public since a story was published in 1939, and followed by the song in 1949.

The following quiz will focus on the First Christmas.  Christmas carols and Nativity scenes have reinforced many images and ideas about what we think happened at the birth of Jesus.  Traditional and Biblical are not necessarily the same thing.

  1. On what day was Jesus born?
  2. In what year was Jesus born?
  3. In what building was Jesus born?
  4. In what town was Jesus born?
  5. In what town was Jesus raised?
  6. How did Joseph and Mary get to the place of Jesus’ birth?
  7. How many kings attended Jesus birth?
  8. Who all attended Jesus birth?
  9. What did Jesus look like?
  10. Who made up Jesus’ family?

Editors Note: Travis Childs is a history instructor at Cameron University in Lawton, Okla. He is a graduate of Midway High School and lives in Bluegrove. He is currently president of the Clay County Historical Society.


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