THE HISTORY OF YULE: How it all begun 1.4

Nature and its germinating properties, but had gone to great lengths to teach the people about agriculture, fairness, and peaceable living. Commonly known as the Golden Age, His reign allowed fruitful living and the equality of all human beings.

With that in mind, it’s no wonder that the people jumped at the chance to give Him His due.

The festival began at the Roman temple of Saturn with a ceremony to remove the chains that had bound the god’s feet all year long-a sure sign that the Golden Age was alive and well.

With that, the whole of Rome was on holiday.

Quarrels and arguments were history.

Schools were dismissed, and businesses and legal facilities were dosed.

Because everyone was of equal stature, children ruled families, masters served slaves, and the Lord ofMisrule-a mock king-was crowned.

During the week, the Romans decorated their homes and halls with laurel boughs.

They lit candles and lamps to chase away evil spirits, and built bonfires on hilltops to encourage the birth of the Sun.

The party continued with candlelit processions, singing, masquerade balls, and elaborate feasts.

Gift-giving-an occasional practice initiated by the Babylonians-entered the forefront and became a mandatory part of the holiday.

The Romans knew how to throw a party, and it was the biggest bash of the year.

 

As the Sun gained power in the sky, Jupiter once again defeated Saturn.

His feet were bound for another year and the order of normal living returned to Rome.

But didn’t the Romans mind all their fun coming to an end? Not really.

After all, Jupiter was the god of success and good health-and one can never have too much of either!

So it went with the popularity of the winter festivals.

They spread through Europe, cropping up here and there, taking hold, and gaining power.

Eventually, there wasn’t a culture, creed, or belief system that couldn’t claim their own festivaL