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He was dressed in royal robes and treated like a king.

The young man represented the god Saturn in whose honor the festival was originated...

Masters and slaves changed places and the world was turned upside down for a short period. The person chosen to play the Lord of Misrule had to be a young attractive man, strong and virile.

For thirty days prior to the festival he was allowed to indulge himself in any and all pleasures as he pleased.

This festival on December 25th was in existence long centuries before Jesus was born.

It was a pagan festival, to which a Christian terminology has been applied and most of our Christmas customs (nice though some of them have become) are of pagan origin.

That pagan practice, among others, was adopted by the early church in an effort to bring the heathen in and convert them.