So, you're one of THOSE that wonders if we have lost the true meaning of Christmas..... well, read this:
"Roman pagans first introduced the holiday of Saturnalia, a week long period of lawlessness celebrated between December 17-25. During this period,
Roman courts were closed, and Roman law dictated that no one could be punished for damaging property or injuring people during the weeklong
The ancient Greek writer poet and historian Lucian (in his dialogue entitled Saturnalia) describes the festival’s observance in his time. In
addition to human sacrifice, he mentions these customs: widespread intoxication; going from house to house while singing naked; rape and other sexual
license; and consuming human-shaped biscuits (still produced in some English and most German bakeries during the Christmas season).
Christians had little success, however, refining the practices of Saturnalia. As Stephen Nissenbaum, professor history at the University of
Massachussetts, Amherst, writes, “In return for ensuring massive observance of the anniversary of the Savior’s birth by assigning it to this
resonant date, the Church for its part tacitly agreed to allow the holiday to be celebrated more or less the way it had always been.” The earliest
Christmas holidays were celebrated by drinking, sexual indulgence, singing naked in the streets (a precursor of modern caroling), etc.
Some of the most depraved customs of the Saturnalia carnival were intentionally revived by the Catholic Church in 1466 when Pope Paul II, for the
amusement of his Roman citizens, forced Jews to race naked through the streets of the city. An eyewitness account reports, “Before they were to
run, the Jews were richly fed, so as to make the race more difficult for them and at the same time more amusing for spectators. They ran… amid
Rome’s taunting shrieks and peals of laughter, while the Holy Father stood upon a richly ornamented balcony and laughed heartily."
Yep, gimmie that old time; old fashioned traditional Christmas! Read even more shockers about Christmas here:
And the next time someone says to you that we've lost the true meaning of the holiday, agree.
And then ask them where they want to have sex!