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Many of the traditions we associate with Christmastime actually have their history in the ancient Roman festival of Saturnalia. This means that Christmas is pagan in its origins. Saturnalia celebrations were typically held December 17-23 while Christmas is always observed on December 25th. While this ancient holiday was eventually phased out by other religious celebrations, many Saturnalia traditions continue today.

Wondering more about the ways that Christmas is pagan in its origins? Here are three similarities:

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