|Season of Barns, 5 by 7 watercolor card|
The word "barn" is old, and in Old English (450-950 A.D.) was "a covered building for the storage of farm produce," "bereærn" literally "barley house," because that was a primary grain crop--from "bere" and "aern," house. Eventually it changed with Old Norse and Gothic influence to the Old English word "rest," meaning a resting place. (From Online Etymology)
Obviously through the years, the functions and forms of barns changed to meet the needs of the users.
I don't know that Jesus was born in a barn. The only hint is he was laid in a manger, a trough for feeding livestock, which may have been inside a barn. It may have been a crude stable, but to me, that's still a barn. When I see a barn, in the back of my mind, I am aware that greatness comes from humble beginnings.
"And she gave birth to her firstborn, a Son. She wrapped Him in swaddling cloths and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn," Luke 2:7.
(Day 22 of 31 December watercolors)