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"I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all year." ~ Charles Dickens

Friday, December 23, 2011

The A-Z of Christmas ~ Y

Welcome to another A-Z of Christmas. Today's letter is Y.

is for...
Yule log.

The Yule log is an ancient tradition that has its roots in celebrations of the winter solstice. Later it also began to have connotations with not only the light of the sun, but also the light of Christ, to give it religious symbolism.

In England, a log so large that it had to be dragged by horses would be brought into great country houses and burned for the twelve days of Christmas. A remnant of the log would be kept to light the next year's log. The lighting of the log on Christmas Eve would commence the celebrations of Christmas. 

Today this practice is not so common, although it is often honoured in the way the French do, with a Buche de Noel, a chocolate cake shaped and decorated to look like a log. {Excerpt from An English Christmas, a supplement of The English Home}

Please come back tomorrow for the final letter of the A-Z of Christmas, the letter Z.

Keeping Christmas in my heart all year round ~ Sandi

1 comment:

  1. Wow! I love this blog. Beautiful.

    Great post today. Very interesting. Thank you.

    Have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.