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Medieval Life 104 – Part 3 – History of Christmas Through the Ages

| January 5, 2008

 Saturnalia   and  Winter   Solstice   Festivals Part 3 The Roman celebration Saturnalia was observed from Dec 17-24.    This celebrated Saturn’s triumph over Jupiter.     Apparently Saturn’s reign had heralded the Golden Age in Rome.     Saturn later lost out to Jupiter.      It was believed that during Saturnalia,  Saturn,  the god of agriculture,   would return to relive the Golden […]

Medieval Life 104 – Part 2 – History of Christmas Through the Ages

| January 5, 2008

Early Days of Christianity Part 2 In 350,   Pope Julius I declared December 25th the official date of Christ’s birthday.     In 529, Emperor Justinian declared Christmas a civic holiday.    In 542, Justinian also established throughout the Eastern Empire the feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary.     According to Jewish law, a mother […]