burning Yule logs, etc (sound familiar.) Appalled at this indulgence in the pleasures of the flesh of all varieties, the Christian Church simply stole the festival (as they did others, e.g. Eand told their reluctant flocks "No, no! This was the day when the Redeemer was born," and the whole Bethlehem, Three Wise Men [note, the Bible just says "wise men" - it could have been two, or 37], manger, Star in the East, shepherds, etc. myth began here. Eat, drink and be merry, the Church said, (so as not to lose their entire new congregation) but lay off the screwing a bit, OK, and remember this is the date of Christ's birth, and it's now not called Saturnalia, but Christes Messe. You got a problem with that? We have ways to persuade you.