Christmas is named for Jesus, considered to be the Christ (or Messiah or Annointed) of Christianity. It is the remembrance of Jesus’ birth.

If you want to refresh your memory about the story before or after taking the quiz, consider reading the Bible passages in this order to put the parts roughly in chronological order:

Luke 1:5-80

Matthew 1:18-25

Luke 2:1-40

Matthew 2:1-12


1. Who told Mary she was pregnant?

BONUS: Who else’s conception did this same person announce?

2. Whom did Mary visit after she learned about her pregnancy?

3. Mary sings a song when she is told of her pregnancy. What is it called?

BONUS: Translate the name.

4. In Luke, who sings a song similar to Mary’s song?

5. What was the name of the Caesar at the time?

6. Who was the governor mentioned in the story?

7. Who told Joseph to marry Mary despite her pregnancy?

8. What prophet does Matthew quote about the circumstances of Jesus’ birth in the first chapter?

BONUS: What title is given Jesus in that Scripture and what’s its translation?

9. Why were Mary and Joseph traveling and where were they headed?

10. Who visited the baby Jesus?

11. What sacrifice was made for the infant Jesus?

12. Who met the infant Jesus in the Temple at his purification?


Answers are followed by the Scripture in parentheses.

1. The angel Gabriel (Luke 1:26-38)

BONUS: John the Baptist (Luke 1:5-23)

2. Her cousin/relative Elizabeth (Luke 1:39-40)

3. The Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55)

BONUS: It is Latin for “magnifies,” a word in the opening line, “My soul magnifies the Lord.”

4. Zechariah, father of John the Baptist. It is called the Benedictus for the Latin word for blessed. (Luke 1:67-79)

5. Caesar Augustus (Luke 2:1-3)

6. Quirinius, governor of Syria (Luke 2:1-3)

7. An angel (Matthew 1:20-21)

8. Matthew 1:22-23 quotes the prophet Isaiah 7:14

BONUS: Immanuel, which means “God with us.”

9. To Bethlehem to register in the census (Luke 2:1-5)

10. Shepherds (Luke 2:8-18) and Magi (Matthew 2:1)

11. A pair of doves or two young pigeons. (Luke 2:22-24)

12. Simeon and Anna (Luke 2: 22-38)