Nativity Revealed: Jesus’ actual birthday, and other fun facts

“On The 19th Day of Christmas Countdown, MoSop celebrates her 20th Wedding Anniversary!

[I love you today Mr. Mo even more than I did on our wedding day]…

…and she shares some fun facts about the Nativity.”

A BBC Special series devoted to Christmas aired in 1998. It included an episode entitled “Nativity Tales“, hosted by Neil Morrissey [a voice familiar to all WP bloggers]. Viewers are transported to the Holy Land to take a closer look at the stories surrounding the nativity; including the star, the shepherds, the wise men, and the gifts brought to the baby Jesus. I found this 5 minute clip fascinating. I particularly enjoyed the information about the miraculous star, which is now thought to have been a comet.
“The only comet that fit the bill appeared in 5 BC, so it is possible Jesus was born five years before we thought he was, and he can’t have been a winter baby because this comet was only seen in the springtime…”
This tidbit will not come as any surprize to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Mormons believe through modern revelation that Christ’s actual birth date was April 6.[D&C 20:1]. Nevertheless, we have no hestitation celebrating the Savior’s birth on December 25 with the rest of the Christian world. After all, it is not uncommon for historical events to be celebrated on a day other than when they actually occurred. For example, few citizens of the United States care that the signing of their Declaration of Independence is celebrated on 4 July instead of on 2 July, [the actual date of the signing]. The governing principle is one of intent. The spirit of the celebration is what matters most, not necessarily having the celebration on the precise date.
Enjoy this fun clip offering many great insights on the Holy birth.


  1. Happy Anniversary, MoSop! We celebrated our 39th yesterday with a sealing session at the SL Temple and the rest of the day taking in the sights and sounds of Christmas in and around Temple Square. We were at the Conference Center last Sunday for the broadcast and mini concert. How I love Christmas time!!


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