I wonder, do we suppose they celebrate a Christmas-like holiday in Britannia this time of year? Yes, there’s a long standing tradition of gifts and holiday themes in Ultima Online, but that’s us, Earthlings logging in and playing a game. I’m wondering about the fictional denizens of that world, the mythology of Britannia.
It’s plain from the theme of the games that Lord British didn’t spread Christianity in Sosaria when he crossed over; the system of Virtues makes that pretty clear to me. But most cultures on this planet, apart from and even pre-dating the Nativity, celebrate the winter solstice or the new year in some way. I should think that Lord British would introduce his own culture’s spin on the holiday to Sosaria, even though he didn’t espouse the religious underpinnings of European Christmas.
I can imagine a giant fir tree in the great hall of Castle Britannia, and the townes all decked out in garlands and magical lights. Giving thanks and gifts to those you love seem to be ideas congruous with the Virtues.
I like to think they do celebrate Christmas, or Yule (as they do in Middle Earth) or what have you in Britannia. What say you?