The Tradition of the Yule Log
Is your Yule Log a fireplace tradition or a holiday dessert?
This page is all about the different ways that the idea of a Yule log has become part of holiday celebrations. It has links to the history of the Yule Log (the fireplace version), lots of recipes for how to bake modern Yule Log Cakes (the delicious holiday dessert version), a video Yule Log to download for your iPod (just the thing for travelers or the digerati), where to find a Yule log screensaver and much more!
Here's a picture of my very own yule log burning. Further down, I tell you how you can make a yule log that burns with different colors!
What Is A Yule Log? - Customs and History of the Yule Log in Europe and America
Over time, the word "yule" has become associated with both Christmas and the Winter Solstice. You'll find Yule Log traditions that relate to both holidays and which have Pagan and Christian traditions attached to them depending on the time period and culture from which the specific ritual originated. The more you read about Yule logs, the more you realize that burning a ritual log at the darkest time of the year whether for warmth, light, gathering or symbolism is one of the oldest human customs.
May Your Yule Log Burn Brightly and Long!
Beyond all the fascinating trivia, this is also a book that offers fresh approaches to old traditions, such as having a cleaning ritual that ceremoniously sweeps out the old and makes room for the new season or conducting a reverent "tree blessing" ceremony.
- The Yule Log
There is a custom that on Christmas Eve an enormous log of freshly cut wood called the Yule log would be fetched and carried to the house with great ceremony.
- Yule log - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A Yule log is a large log which is burned in the hearth as a part of traditional Yule or Christmas celebrations in some cultures.
- The Yule Log
The Yule log symbolizes the light returning to conquer the darkness. According to tradition, the log must either have been harvested from the householder's land, or given as a gift.
- The Yule Log by Tomm Larson
Need an excuse for a Christmas party? How about a "traditional" excuse. If this year's party is already planned, add this old tradition to it. Burning a Yule log is probably the oldest Christmas tradition there is.
- Urban Legends Reference Pages: Holidays (Yule Log)
The origins of the yule log.
- Christmas, Yule and the Winter Solstice
Past and Present Festivals of Britain
- Christmas Customs and Traditions -- The Yule Log
The custom of the Yule Log spread all over Europe and different kids of wood are used in different countries. In England, Oak is traditional; in Scotland, it is Birch; while in France, it is Cherry. Also, in France, the log is sprinkled with wine, be
- The Yule Log
The Yule log is an winter holiday tradition that was observed by many European cultures. This ritual fire was held on the longest night of the year.
Warm Your Table With A Yule Log
This tabletop centerpiece is great for large parties or homes where you don't have a fireplace.
What Type of Yule Log Do You Have For The Holidays?
At our house, the Yule Log is...
Make a Yule Log that burns with Colored Flames - add some colors to your holiday fire
There is a way to make a fancy yule log that will burn with different colors. What you do is take a well-seasoned (nice and dry), thick log and bore several holes into it, a couple of inches deep. I used my grandpa's hand auger as it had a larger bit on the end of it than the largest one my dad had for his drill. The larger the holes, the more chemicals you can put in there and the bolder the colored flames will be. Be careful not to drill too deeply.
Once you have the holes, save the shavings. You'll need those in a bit. Put the chosen chemical(s) into the holes. Then you take the shavings, mix them with a bit of water and flour until you have a woody paste and then use that to seal over the holes so that the powdered chemicals don't spill out. Let the paste dry well.
When you burn your yule log, and the fire burns through the paste sealing the holes, it will ignite the chemicals and you'll get colored flames!
Some of the things that work can be found around the house, like epsom salts (bright white) or Borax (yellow-green) or sodium chloride aka table salt (yellow) but if you want to have a full spectrum, you may have to order chemicals online or go to specialty shops. For things like red (strontium chloride) or blue (copper chloride) or purple (potassium chloride), it's worth it!
Yule Log Mania!
- YuleLog Ornament Collection Data Base and Price Guide for Hallmark Christmas Orrnament Collectors
Software to Catalog your Hallmark ornament collection. Up to date price guides, pictures, descriptions. PLUS, the Best Collectors Buy/Sell/Trade Boards on the Net, Hallmark Christmas Ornaments, Hallmark Series Ornaments
- Yule Log Resort
The Yule Log Resort is the only resort in the Christmas-AuTrain area located on the shoreline of Lake Superior.
- Yule Log Cabin Quilt
this quilt has a sophisticated country look, but you can use any color combination you desire.
- New York Daily News - Forever ember: 'Yule Log' story
Generations have sat raptly in front of the television on Christmas Day, mesmerized by a holiday classic: "The Yule Log." Now, for the first time in the storied log's 40-year history, secrets of the burning timber will be revealed. WPIX/Ch. 11 prese