The origins of Christmas goes back to the Roman pagans. They celebrated a holiday called Saturnalia, which was a week long period of lawlessness that included looting, rape, singing naked in the streets and assaults on others. The tradition was that no one could be held responsible for their actions during this time. In the 4th century C.E., Christian leaders wanted to convert the pagans to Christianity and promised the people that they would be able to still celebrate Saturnalia as Christians. The Christian leaders decided to name the concluding day, December 25th, as the birth of Jesus in order to make the celebrating of Saturnalia more Christian related.