Jeremy Barker of The Ampersand gives us the run-down on saints, demons, and other mythical figures associated with Christmas throughout Western history. Pictured above is "The Lord of Misrule":
In medieval England a low-ranking servant was appointed Master of Ceremonies for the midwinter revelries. This tradition originates in the Roman festival of Saturnalia, where the social order was turned on its head for a week.
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/theampersand/archive/2009/12/24/christmas-folklore-saints-and-demons.aspx | Image: Dean Tweed