Monday, December 19, 2011

Twleve Days of Tudor Christmas: The Yule Log

On the Seventh Day of Tudor Christmas, we will discuss the burning of the Yule Log. The burning of the Yule Log was an extremely popular tradition in Tudor and Stuart England. Originally, young males would find and drag a heavy log into a home and place it in the hearth. The log was usually decorated by the young maids of the household with ribbons and greenery. The young men would be rewarded with beer once the log was placed in the hearth. A remnant of the previous year's Yule Log was used to light the new log. It was meant to represent protection from evil. The log, due to its size and denseness, would burn the entire Twelve Days of Christmas. Once the log had burned down, a remnant was taken and kept for the next year.

The burning of the Yule Log is rarely practiced in today's Christmas festivities. Rather, a Yule Log (a chocolate and cream cake made in the shape of a log) is often made and eaten in modern Christmas celebrations. Pin It

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