Monday, 24 December 2018

Happy Christmas or Lo Saturnalia!

'Lo Saturnalia' - Christmas Time celebrations Roman style

It's that time of year yet again when hopefully we can look forward to taking time off and relaxing with the people who make life worth living, whilst having a bit of fun, over-eating and drinking and generally wishing peace and goodwill to our fellows.

With JJ's Wargames very much into a Roman theme at present I thought I would extend my seasonal best wishes to all my readers in a typically Roman style with the traditional celebrations for Saturnalia or to the god of agriculture, Saturn, when our Roman forebears would have taken a week off between the 17th and 23rd of December to let their hair down and have a good time and celebrate the end of seed planting in the autumn and looking forward to a healthy crop in the new year.

My favourite quote for this seasonal partying comes from the 2nd century Greek poet Lucien who declared that;

"Serious is barred and no business allowed at Saturnalia but singing naked is encouraged"

Well the temperature here in Britannia might not be encouraging towards the latter but in the spirit of the former I will be signing off over the Xmas holiday before returning with a report on some post Xmas day wargaming followed by my traditional pre-New Year look-back at 2018 and projecting the plan for an exciting 2019, thus celebrating the end of this years 'seed sowing' and looking forward to a 'healthy crop' of new games and posts to bring in for next year.

Thus I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a Peacefully Prosperous New Year or indeed Lo Saturnalia.