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.
- •Yule falls on the winter solstice which is the longest night of the year usually falls on December 21st.
- •I usually find my Yule log mid to late October so it has enough time to dry out.
- •The log is placed in my hearth and decorated with evergreens.
- •I anoint it with mead, salt, and oil and set ablaze with a piece of the previous year's log.
- •Once the log has burned, the ashes are scattered around my home for protection.
- •These days, many people make Yule logs out of chocolate cake. Why not resurrect the tradition by making your own Yule log.
- •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.
- •Gather natural decorations like Pinecones, evergreens, nuts, berries,ect. I like to add cinnamon sticks, cloves, and star anise.
- •When you have collected all your items together, sit around the table with everyone who wants to be involved.
- •Allow everyone help decorate the Yule log, making it bright and cheerful.
- •Once your log is decorated, give everyone a small piece of paper and a pen to write down their wishes.
- •Once everyone is done this, fold the pieces of paper and tuck them in among the decorations.
- •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.
- •If you don't want to burn your Yule log, use it as a wonderful seasonal centerpiece for your table.
- •Have Fun!