Because He’s a chthonic god, I didn’t burn the food and wine; instead, I poured everything into a bowl with fresh soil, as I do for Silvanus and Faunus. Usually, once the ceremony is over, I take the bowl out and empty it under a tree, but because Saturnalia lasts several days and I make daily offerings to Father Saturn, I decided to keep the bowl with me until the night of the 24th. So, as I moved the statue to the dining-room table and surrounded it with green and gold, I placed the bowl in front of Him.
This way, everyday, I can pour wine into it and burn a stick of incense in it, so that what is given to Father Saturn will be collected like the offerings in the Saturnalia ceremony. It gives devotional continuity, from the 17th to the 24th of December, and in tune with the god’s chthonic nature. I’ll even put my first midwinter walnut muffin in the bowl. Io Saturnalia!