Advent and Christmas Quiz, Part 2

16Dec

There are symbols and traditions around Advent and Christmas that even the most churched may not know much about. See what we uncovered in Part 1. I hope this enriches your understanding of Advent and even Christmas.

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1. In which historic period(s) is fruitcake mentioned?
a. Ancient Egypt
b. Roman Empire
c. Middle ages
d. Victorian England
e. All of the above
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2. Do you know how the Advent calendar began?
a. Chalk lines were drawn on the door to mark the days.
b. Religious families hung pictures on the wall, one for each day.
c. A candle was lit for each of the 24 days in December.
d. A mother fixed candies on a cardboard calendar for her son.
e. All of the above
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3. In Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus, what follows “Dear desire of every nation…”
a. Born to set Thy people free.
b. Joy of every longing heart.
c. Shall come to thee, O Israel.
d. Raise us to Thy glorious throne.
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4. What happened in December of 1914?
a. The first living Nativity scene was enacted
b. Macy’s held the first Christmas Parade featuring Santa Claus
c. A ‘Christmas truce’ went into effect between British and German soldiers
d. A Canadian inventor broadcast the first radio program, which included the carol “O Holy Night”
e. Hallmark released its first series of holiday cards
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5. Who originated Watch Night services?
a. Martin Luther
b. John Wesley
c. John the Baptist
d. Henry VIII
e. President William McKinley
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6. What was the shepherds’ first reaction when an angel of the Lord appeared to them?
a. They ignored them.
b. They were terrified.
c. They jumped for joy, excited to have something to share with others.
d. They thought they were having a drug-induced psychotic break.
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7. What color is associated with Advent?
a. Purple
b. Pink
c. Green
d. Gold
e. White
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8. What is Gaudete?
a. A Christmas carol
b. The third Sunday in Advent
c. Represented by the pink candle in the Advent wreath
d. All of the above
e. None of the above
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9. Who were the Magi?
a. Bible-times magicians
b. The main character in a play
c. Members of the Persian priestly caste of Zoroastrianism who visited Jesus after his birth
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10. Which of these are Advent hymns?
a. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
b. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
c. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
d. Joy to the World
e. All of the above
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Answers

1. In which historic period(s) is fruitcake mentioned?

The correct answer is All of the above.

How fruitcake became associated with Christmas, no one knows for sure. One possibility is that due to its long shelf life, it could be sent as a gift to friends and relatives far from home. Others say it was often given to carolers in 19th century England. Do you like fruitcake?
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2. Do you know how the Advent calendar began?

The correct answer is All of the above.

Advent calendars originated in Germany in the mid-nineteenth century. The tradition began with families drawing a chalk line on the door for each day of December. An Advent Clock was one way people marked the time, as well as lighting Advent candles, one for each day. Families also hung up a new image every day before Christmas.

One mother created a ‘calendar’ with 24 candies affixed to cardboard for her son, Gerhard Lang. Lang would grow up to be the first producer of printed Advent calendars featuring windows that opened to reveal colored pictures.
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3. In Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus, what follows “Dear desire of every nation…”

The correct answer is Joy of every longing heart.

In “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus,” Charles Wesley wonderfully captured the anticipation of the people of Israel who longed hundreds of years for the coming of the Messiah. As we sing, we sense the words of the prophets calling the people to prepare the way of the Lord into history (Isaiah 40:3, Malachi 3:1-4), and into our hearts and lives.
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4. What happened in December of 1914?

The correct answer is A ‘Christmas truce’ between British and German soldiers.

In World War I, a series of temporary ceasefires along the Western Front saw groups of British and German soldiers emerging from foxholes to exchange greetings, presents and sing carols for a period of about 48 hours beginning December 24. The ‘Christmas truce’ documented in solders’ letters, photos and other first-hand accounts has become a symbol of man’s humanity to man even at the worst of times.
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5. Who originated Watch Night services?

The correct answer is John Wesley.

Methodism’s founder John Wesley created Watch Night services in 1740, presumably as an alternative to times of drunken revelry such as Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. It is included in the United Methodist Book of Worship.

Wesley believed that Methodists and all Christians should reaffirm their covenant with God annually. This service is often used in United Methodist Churches on New Year’s Eve. The covenant service is also sometimes observed on New Year’s Day or on the first Sunday in January.
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6. What was the shepherds’ first reaction when an angel of the Lord appeared to them?

The correct answer is They were terrified.

The gospel writer Luke records:

In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.

Wouldn’t you be terrified too?
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7. What color is associated with Advent?

The correct answer is Purple.

Purple has long been associated with royalty, as purple dye was rare and expensive. In Advent the church awaits the newborn king. Many Protestant churches, however, now use blue instead of purple. This is thought to have originated in Scandinavia, probably because purple dye was too expensive for churches to use.
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8. What is Gaudete?

The correct answer is All of the above.

The term is derived from the Latin opening words of the introit antiphon, “Rejoice (Gaudete) in the Lord always.” The theme of the day expresses the joy of anticipation at the approach of the Christmas celebration. The pink candle represents this theme of joy with the lighter candle.

Gaudete is also a sacred Christmas hymn from the 16th century. The Latin text is a typical medieval song of praise.
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9. Who were the Magi?

The correct answer is Members of the Persian priestly caste of Zoroastrianism who visited Jesus after his birth.

The Magi, also referred to as the (Three) Wise Men or (Three) Kings, were, in the Gospel of Matthew and Christian tradition, a group of distinguished foreigners who visited Jesus after his birth, bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

According to Matthew, the Magi, they came “from the east” to worship the “king of the Jews”. Although the account does not mention the number of Magi, the three gifts has led to the widespread assumption that there were three men

All three gifts are ordinary offerings and gifts given to a king. Myrrh being commonly used as an anointing oil, frankincense as a perfume, and gold as a valuable.
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10. Which of these are Advent hymns?

The correct answer is O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.

Musically and liturgically, there are hymns for the season of Advent and Christmas carols for the season of Christmas. Advent hymns are often more minor in tune than Christmas hymns because Advent wants to give homage to this kind of waiting. However, many Protestant churches have eased up on the ban to sing Christmas carols prior to Christmas by adding selected carols in closer to Christmas Eve.
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