Roman holiday predating christmas
Discard garlic; cool and serve at room temperature. Boil for 5 minutes, being careful not to let it boil over. Wet hands with cold water and stick puffs together forming wreath rings, pyramids, or dome shapes.
Dip puffs, approximately 12 at a time, into honey and roll around to coat evenly. Decorate with toasted pine nuts, candied orange peel, and cake-decorating sprinkles.
Amidst the general merrymaking and religious observance of Christmas Eve, Christmas tapers (long slender candles) are lighted and a Christmas banquet is spread.
In some places, Christmas Eve dinner consists largely of fish.
All Christmas sweets, as a rule, contain nuts and almonds.
Peasant folklore theorizes that to eat nuts favors the fertility of the earth and aids in the increase of flocks and family.
The pagan belief explains the purifying and revitalizing power of fire, and that with the burning log, the old year and its evils are destroyed.
Christian legend tells how the Virgin Mary enters the homes of the humble at midnight while the people are away at Midnight Mass and warms her newborn child before the blazing log.
They descend from the mountains of the Abruzzo and Latium playing inviting and characteristic tunes on their bagpipes, filling the air with anticipation for the joyous celebration to come.
A Roman Christian scholar by the name of Valentinus produced the first documentation of Christmas being celebrated on December 25 as a special feast in the year 354.