The Ancient Romans celebrated the winter solstice with Saturnalia, the Norse with Yule, and by the Tudor era, the winter solstice had evolved into a Christian holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. Before the 12 days of Christmas which we spent feasting and drinking, came advent, a period of 24 days spent fasting and preparing food for the feasts to come. During advent, no meat, eggs, or cheese were eaten, both as a religious observance and also as a chance to save food and money for the...
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