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Sunday, December 7, 2008

Yule Log

Sunday, December 7, 2008
One of the oldest and probably the most well known traditions for this holiday season is the Yule log. Traditionally burnt on Yule night to hold the darkness and winter at bay, since it was the shortest day and longest night of the year.

My family does not do this tradition because we do not have a fireplace. Although we could build a substitute that doesn't require one. To make a Yule Log that will last from season to season, follow the instructions below.

  • You need a log around 3 feet long. The type of wood does not matter. Although oak would be more traditional.
  • Four pillar candles. Red, Black, White and Green or Gold.
  • Drill and/or chisel.
  • Saw
  1. Measure out four spaces the size of the candles that you have decided to use. Aim to have them an equal distance apart.
  2. Then drill or chisel out a shallow depression that the candles can sit in without falling out.
  3. Saw off the bottom part of the log so that it can sit without wanting to roll.
  4. Then put candles in the holes. From left to right: Put the red, black, white, green or gold. These represent the Holly King and Crone. Then the Maiden and Oak/Sun King.
You can burn the Holly King and Crone candles until Yule night. A litle every night. Then light all candles on Yule night. Yule morning you can put out the red and black candles, since their season has then officially passed.

Blessed Be!

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