Saturnalia

It is the nature of human beings to borrow one thing from somewhere else and to dress up one thing as another. That’s what people like to do. The word Christmas is derived from the Greek. Christ is from Khristos, meaning “anointed” and Mas means a big gathering of people. The big gathering of people to celebrate the anointed one became known as the Feast of Nativity for the early Christians. It was borrowed from the pagan Saturnalia Festival which was held each year at the end of December on the Roman Calendar to mark the winter solstice. It was a time of free celebration and merrymaking. The Neoplatonist philosopher Porphyry explains that the festival symbolized the freeing of the soul to enjoy its innate state of timeless joy and rapture.