It’s Christmas trivia time! Let your kids ask you one or more of the following questions…you can find the answers below.
- What does the name Bethlehem mean?
- What two Christ-related constellations appear opposite one another in the night sky during the week of Christmas?
- When does the liturgical season of Christmas end?
- Which saint began the tradition of the Nativity scene?
- What are the three gifts that the wise men brought?
- How is every celebration of the Eucharist like Christmas?
- Who composed the hymn “Silent Night?”
- In what month is the feast of the Annunciation celebrated? (Hint: This is when Mary learns that she will bear the Son of God.)
- What feast is celebrated 40 days after Christmas?
- How many gifts in total are given in the carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas?”
- In what year was Christmas first said to be celebrated on December 25?
- The name Bethlehem means “house of bread.”
- At about 8 p.m. Dec. 25 (and throughout the week of Christmas) the Northern Cross stands upright on the western horizon, just about to set, but directly opposite on the eastern horizon is Praesepe, the Manger, just rising. See more about the Noel Sky.
- Christmas ends on the feast of the Baptism of the Lord.
- St. Francis began the tradition of doing a “mystery play” featuring the Holy Family on Christmas Eve.
- Gold, frankincense and myrrh.
- “Every Eucharist is like Christmas where the bread and wine are transformed into his flesh, his body and blood, and, in a sense, He is born anew on the altar.”
- Father Joseph Mohr composed “Silent Night“ in 1816, and first performed it at a Christmas Mass at St. Nicholas parish in Austria in 1818.
- The Annunciation is celebrated March 25, nine months before Christmas.
- The feast of the Presentation, commemorating the presentation of Jesus in the Temple, falls 40 days after Christmas.
- A total of 364 gifts.
- In the year 336.