Recent archaeological studies suggest that early Christians were identifying important sites as little as a century after the last of the gospels.
Nativity scenes showing the birth of baby Jesus first originated in the small Italian town of Greccio.
The inn, the shepherds, angels and animals: pretty much everything we think we know about the Christmas story is historically wrong.
The animals that are so familiar in Christmas cards and carols did not begin to make an appearance until hundreds of years after Jesus’ birth.
The nativity offers an enticing opportunity to discover how words and interpretations have shaped the story and our understanding of it.