Christmas in America is made up of many holiday customs from foreign countries. Bringing in the Yule is one of these customs.
The Yule log, Yule clog, or Christmas block is a log specially selected to be burned on a hearth as a Christmas tradition in a number of countries in Europe. The origin of the folk custom is unclear. Numerous scholars have observed that, like other traditions associated with Yule, such as the Yule boar, the custom may ultimately derive from Germanic paganism holiday customs from foreign countries.
In olden times, everyone had a fireplace. It was the only source of heat. At Christmas time it was the custom to bring in a "great log"...larger than any that would be burned during the year. In the far north, the Scandanavian peninsula, the Christmas season was also known as the Yuletide, and, the great log burned for days.
Early colonists brought the custom to this country. And, while the log burned, nobody worked...I don't know-can we get away with that today? Sometimes the log would burn for about 12 days! I guess that's why they would cut from the largest tree they could find in the forest!
But, just before the log would burn entirely away, the fire was put out, and the remainder of the log was saved for the next Yuletide.
I think we all feel warmth and joy from a lively, crackling fireplace. They say a blazing hearth is the sign of a happy home.
Do outdoor fireplaces count? I love to sit outside when it's cool weather and bask in the warmth of this little fireplace. A nice hot cup of java, and my radio humming the old classic rock tunes is quite a treat.
~photo by Suzanne
Thank you so much for coming by today, on this first day of December. I'm already busy here at the KardKorner with plenty of Christmas projects. I helped my mother compile a booklet of Christmas customs, including Christmas carols, for her Christmas party with the seniors at her church. They will have a pianist playing the Christmas carols, and are inviting members from another church to join in on the fellowship. It promises to be a wonderful program!
Here is my cute little mom, and my sister, Leta, on a recent trip we made to Branson, Missouri. Mom turned 90 years old in July, and is still very active in her life.
~photo by Suzanne * November 16, 2016
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Some of the information on the Yule log came from an old booklet that mom acquired in the late 1950's, and still has today.
Have a safe and Happy December! Be kind, laugh, and love!
See you soon, my dear readers!♥
"There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward."