Another tip: If you are eating out with someone else, split an entree, an appetizer, and/or a dessert.
By the way, it wasn't just the Romans who celebrated winter festivals. There were solstice celebrations all over Europe, the near East, and Northern Africa (at least) thousands of years before the historical Jesus was ever born. December 25 was the tradtional birthday of Mithros, a Roman sun god. When Emporer Constantine decided, in the early 4th centery BCE, that Christianity would become the official religion of the Roman empire, the empire took over MANY pagan feast days, as well as many of the traditional ways to celebrate them as they were forcing their subjugated societies to become Christian. After all, it's easier to let people celebrate on the dates and in the ways they've always celebrated, and just change the names, than it is to get people to give up or significantly change their festivals. Also, Yule is not Roman. Yuletide, and the Yule Log, as well as other Yule traditions, originated with the historic Germanic peoples, who spread throughout much of Europe. The Francs, who ended up in France, as well as the Angles and Saxons, who ended up in England, were all Germanic tribes originally.
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