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Yule Countdown: The Yule Log

By December 7, 2013

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Yule, the winter solstice, is in just two weeks for our Northern Hemisphere readers, and in our family, one of our annual traditions is to make a Yule log. I leave the kids in charge of putting it together, and it's typically full of ribbons, pine cones, and berries by the time they're done. We each stick a note in it, containing our wishes for the coming year, and then we burn it with much fanfare and celebration.

The custom of the Yule log is one that goes back to Scandinavian societies, where a giant log was hoisted onto the hearth to celebrate the return of the sun each year. The Norsemen believed that the sun was a giant wheel of fire which rolled away from the earth, and then began rolling back again on the winter solstice. If you'd like to make a Yule log of your own, it's not hard to do: Make a Yule Log

Want to hold a formal ceremony with your Yule log once it's done? Try out our Family Yule Log Ritual this winter.

And of course, no winter celebration is complete without food -- especially chocolate. The idea of a chocolate Yule log is a popular one, and they're really not that hard to make (particularly if you cheat a little and use a boxed cake mix). I try to do one of these each year for our coven's Yule celebration: Make a Chocolate Yule Log

A quick note for those of you with a gluten sensitivity like me: Betty Crocker has a gluten-free Devil's Food Cake mix that works nicely with this recipe. It's very moist and easy to roll into a log, just like regular cake mix. If you find it's a little dry, just add another teaspoon of oil and you're good to go.

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Comments
December 13, 2011 at 8:25 am
(1) Roy Hilbinger says:

Great post! I keep hoping that someday I’ll either rent or own a place with a fireplace so I can do a Yule Log. Do you know if there are any carols associated with it?

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