THE SACRED YULE LOG

The Yule log is a big branch sought out for the specific purpose of taking center stage in the Yule celebrations.
  1. Yule falls on the winter solstice which is the longest night of the year usually falls on December 21st.
  2. I usually find my Yule log mid to late October so it has enough time to dry out.
  3. The log is placed in my hearth and decorated with evergreens.
  4. I anoint it with mead, salt, and oil and set ablaze with a piece of the previous year's log.
  5. Once the log has burned, the ashes are scattered around my home for protection.
  6. These days, many people make Yule logs out of chocolate cake. Why not resurrect the tradition by making your own Yule log.
  7. It's a wonderful way to spend the afternoon in the cool crisp air. Forage and find a log around eighteen inches long. The length doesn't have to be precise; the right one will show itself to you.
  8. Gather natural decorations like Pinecones, evergreens, nuts, berries,ect. I like to add cinnamon sticks, cloves, and star anise.
  9. When you have collected all your items together, sit around the table with everyone who wants to be involved.
  10. Allow everyone help decorate the Yule log, making it bright and cheerful.
  11. Once your log is decorated, give everyone a small piece of paper and a pen to write down their wishes.
  12. Once everyone is done this, fold the pieces of paper and tuck them in among the decorations.
  13. On the night of the winter solstice place it in your hearth and burn it. As you do this you can say a few words like: Yule log, Yule log, burning bright, Wishes heard and granted tonight.
  14. If you don't want to burn your Yule log, use it as a wonderful seasonal centerpiece for your table.
  15. Have Fun!