Archive for December 17th, 2008

(December 17) Today we're celebrating . . .  Saturnalia

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

An ancient festival and time of merriment celebrating the Roman god Saturn and believed by many to have influenced the early Catholic Church’s decision to celebrate the birth of Christ on December 25th.

The Roman’s celebrated their god Saturn. Their festival was called Saturnalia which began the middle of December and ended January 1st. With cries of “Jo Saturnalia!” the celebration would include masquerades in the streets, big festive meals, visiting friends, and the exchange of good-luck gifts called Strenae (lucky fruits)…*

*source: Christmas on the Net – History of Christmas

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2008 Video Advent Calendar: December 17th

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

A Holiday Video Countdown to Christmas – Day 17

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