The answers to these questions are under a thick layer of rich human and mythological history.
For me, the majority of these discoveries were absolutely shocking—Christ was never in Christmas.
Few people can confidently say why the United States celebrates Christmas on December 25.
And I imagine even fewer people know why we give gifts, or why we pucker up when we find ourselves under some mistletoe.
All executions were cancelled and war was never declared during this time.
This festival has been traced to 217 BC and increased days in duration over many years. David Gwynn, a professor of ancient and late antique history at the University of London says that the festival continued up to 100 years after the Rome’s conversion to Christianity in 312 CE. Gwynn, however, also says that Saturnalia does have a rival celebration that comes onto the scene.
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First-century AD poet Gaius Valerius Catullus described this festival as “the best of times.” He claims that the dress codes were less steep and small gifts—such as dolls and candles—were exchanged.
According to history, Saturnalia also saw the inversion of social roles; it was common for the affluent to pay that month’s rent on behalf of those who were less fortunate.