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11 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Jesus' Birth

Your Nativity scene needs a re-do.

1. The first nativity scene didn't appear until 1223.

2. The Star of Bethlehem was actually a thing.

3. December 25 isn't actually Jesus' birthday.

4. Our modern conception of Jesus' birth comes from one chapter in Luke.

5. The number of wise men who visited Jesus is unknown.

6. Jesus wasn't actually born in 1 A.D.

7. People have been using "Xmas" since the 1500s — and this "Merry Xmas" postcard is from around 1825.

8. Jesus probably wasn't born in a stable.

9. The wise men may not have met Jesus as a newborn.

10. Between seven and 20 children were murdered during the Massacre of the Innocents.

11. The Bible doesn't mention any animals being present at Jesus' birth.