In this season of, well, 2020, the holidays may look a bit different for many of us. But Christmases have varied across all the ups and downs of history, and even in the classic stories we love best, haven’t they?
So take heart—and take this little quiz to see which Christmas of literature your 2020 celebration resembles most! Whatever your Christmas looks like this year, may the presence of our Immanuel fill your heart with His comfort and joy.
(Answers at the end.)
- Are you traveling and visiting much this year?
- No, we are staying close to home.
- Only with close family members.
- Just as much as usual!
- Mostly for serving our community.
- What will your holiday menu look like?
- It’s a lot more minimal this year.
- Still special, but simplified some.
- Our usual traditional feast.
- Helping serve or provide meals at a shelter.
- Are you buying as many gifts as usual this year?
- No, just a few online.
- Minimizing gifts this year, focusing on serving others.
- Yes, our gift-giving fits normal parameters.
- We’re trying to focus on Jesus more than gifts this year.
- How are you creating Christmas spirit in your home?
- Struggling with that this year.
- Planning special surprises for those who are isolated.
- Christmas tree, lights, movies, cookies—the works!
- Special Advent devotionals together.
- Are you attending any special holiday events this year?
- No, or only virtual ones.
- Community service projects.
- Yes, whatever is still happening!
- Those safely put on by our church.
Due to unprecedented circumstances this year, many of your usual Christmas festivities have been set aside. In fact, it may feel like you are trapped in Narnia’s everlasting winter under the White Witch’s reign. But take heart, friend—Aslan is on the move, and Father Christmas might just manage to forge his way through despite it all.
Mostly “B”: More Blessed to Give – Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
This year, you’ve decided to focus on others more than yourselves. Maybe you are reaching out to isolated neighbors, or thinking of how you can use your resources to bless those especially marginalized and hurting in our country and world this year. Just as the March girls found joy in giving up their rare Christmas breakfast for the Hummel family, you are sure to truly discover it is more blessed to give than to receive.
Your Christmas festivities are mostly unchanged this year, if made even more precious by trying global circumstances. Like Fred, Scrooge’s nephew, and the Cratchits, you are still gathering family around the holiday table to celebrate, and even including those who might not be invited elsewhere, like crotchety old Ebenezer. You never know, he just might have had a change of heart!
Mostly “D”: Unto Us a Child Is Born – the Nativity Story, recorded by Matthew & Luke
You have decided to keep the emphasis on Jesus in special ways this Christmas. Maybe you are making family Advent Wreath a priority, or spending time choosing items from a missions gift catalog to share His love around the world. Whatever your circumstances might be, focusing on how Jesus came humbly into a dark and tumultuous time long ago can fill your Christmas with a light no 2020 can extinguish.
So, which of these classic stories do you think will most match your Christmas this year? I hope you had as much fun taking this quiz as I did creating it, and I’d love to hear your results if you’d like to share! Just drop me a line using the “Contact” tab above. Blessings!