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Here are some links to Rome's big December festival, some courtesy N.S. Gill:
- Saturnalia - Celebrate the Saturnalia
- Saturnalia (Roman Holidays)
- December (Fasti)
- Saturnalia at Wikipedia => Macrobius: Saturnalia
- Image: Alma-Tadema's Ave, Caesar! Io, Saturnalia!
and a how to …
Pliny the Younger did not think much of the festivities:
"...especially during the Saturnalia when the rest of the house is noisy with the licence of the holiday and festive cries. This way I don't hamper the games of my people and they don't hinder my work or studies." (Epistles 2.17.24)
Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons