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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