These resources can be used as part of a youth night, youth club or Christmas presentation. They work well with 11-14’s but please adapt according to the knowledge and age of your group.
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Explain to the group that they have to guess the correct meaning of each word. Only one description is correct. Read out or display the word and then give the three different meanings. Have the group divide into three smaller groups according to which description they believe is correct.
I'm sure you know all the answers! However, just in case, the correct answers are given at the end of the article! If you wish, choose your own words and add your own creative descriptions.
- Another name for a ships wheel
- A broad curved sword
- A blindfold used by falconers on their birds of prey
- A structure built to provide a view
- A species of east African antelope
- A type of boat used on the great barrier reef in Australia
- An alcoholic Peruvian drink
- An African xylophone
- A lively Spanish dance
- A loose woollen cloak worn by Arab men
- An agricultural tool, like a pickaxe, used in India
- A small coastal boat used in the Mediterranean
- A large vegetable, like a beetroot, used as cattle food
- Another name for a scarecrow
- An old type of washing machine
Where would you look to find the correct meaning or description of a word like the ones we have used in the quiz? (Dictionary) A dictionary helps us to discover the true meaning of a word. What about a word like Christmas? The dictionary says 'The annual festival of Christ's birth, celebrated on December 25th' (Oxford Modern English Dictionary). Well, the dictionary definition helps, but it doesn’t give many details or much information.
What would happen if we polled 100 people about how they would describe Christmas? We might get lots of different thoughts - it's a holiday, a time to visit friends, a time to go to church, a time to sing carols, a time to relax and watch TV, a time to eat lots of food and a time to give and receive presents. All those things might be true, but is there more and how much do we really know about the first Christmas?
Introduce the Advent calendar quiz. The quiz is a mixture of questions from the story of the first Christmas and general knowledge (or guesswork!) about the Christmas celebrations around the world.
ADVENT CALENDAR QUIZ
This very day in David’s town your Saviour was born - Christ the Lord! (Good News Bible, TEV)
Write each word of the verse (Luke 2:11) on a card and number the cards 1-13 on the other side. Stick the cards to a board or wall in order (numbered side up so that the words cannot be seen). Divide your group into two teams. Each team then takes turns to choose a number and a corresponding question is given.
If the answer is correct they receive the number of points equivalent to the number of letters in the word i.e. very=4, Saviour=7 (except in the USA where it will= 6!). Incorrect answers are passed to the other team for bonus points. If neither team answers correctly then the next round begins with a team choosing a new number. A further question can be asked when the same number is chosen again.The winning team is the one who collects the most points. An element of skill enters the game if any of the team members guess the sentence and can then select the highest value cards.
- Give three other names used to describe Jesus in the story of the first Christmas? Saviour, Messiah, Christ, Emmanuel.
- What was the name of the angel who told Mary she was going to have a baby? Gabriel.
- 'Joyeux Noel' means Happy Christmas in which country. France, Finland, or Fiji? France.
- In which two gospels can you read about the birth of Jesus? Matthew and Luke.
- In which country do they celebrate St Lucia's day on December 13th. St Lucia, Sweden or El Salvador? Sweden.
- What was the name of Mary's relative who had a baby before Mary? Elizabeth.
- Which king was Jesus a descendent of? David.
- Instead of a fir tree which country uses a 'Pohukawa' tree for a Christmas tree? Nigeria, New Zealand or Nicaragua? New Zealand.
- Jesus was born in Bethlehem, but which town did Mary and Joseph come from? Nazareth.
- 'Mboni Chrismen' means Happy Christmas in which country. Egypt, Ecuador or Estonia? Egypt.
- 'Feliz Navidad' means Happy Christmas in which country. South Africa, Spain or Slovakia? Spain.
- Who was the king at the time of Jesus birth? Herod.
- Name the three gifts brought to Jesus by the wise men? Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh.
- 'Sung Tan Chuk Ha' means Happy Christmas in which country. Korea, Kenya or Kazakhstan? Korea.
- You get this jumbled word at Christmas SENTREPS? Presents.
- 'FAT HERMITS CRASH' is an anagram of which Christmas person? Father Christmas.
- Where is there a town called Santa Claus. Australia, Austria or America? America.
Congratulate the winning team. Suggest that to find out the facts and the real story behind Christmas, we need to look again at the story in the Bible. Read Luke 2:1-20.
Close with a short Christmas reflection on the angel’s message to the shepherds (Luke 2:10-11)
At a time planned by God the greatest event in history has just happened. The Messiah has been born. The Good News about Jesus is that he comes to anyone with a heart humble enough to accept him as king. Who will rule in your life this Christmas?
FALCHION A broad curved sword.
GAZEBO A structure built to provide a view.
MARIMBA An African xylophone.
FELUCCA A small coastal boat used in the Mediterranean.
MANGEL-WURZEL A large vegetable, like a beetroot, used as cattle food.
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Extracts taken from ‘A Really Great Assembly’ by Grahame Knox and Chris Chesterton (Scripture Union 1992) and ‘Christmas Unwrapped’ by Grahame Knox and Caroline Ray (1990)