It is said that the Yule Log holds its origins in Germanic Paganism. However, it may be traced back to the 6th and/or 7th century Anglo-Saxon Paganism. The Yule Log may be decorated and used as a festive ornament or centerpiece. It may also be burned in the hearth of the home for protection and bringing in bright blessings. Or it can be used as both!
The Yule Log represents the return of the Sun to the Earth. It represents the heart of the home and the presence of the Sun God which will return in the next half of the year with Spring and Summer. Ashes and some of the wood from the Yule Log are saved for the next Yule. This will be used in the ceremonial lighting of next year's Yule Log.
How to Make Your Yule Log:
- Log (any wood, 14-18" long)
- Pine Cones, Ivy, Holly, Mistletoe or Berries
- Feathers and/or Cinnamon Sticks
- Ribbon or other festive decorations
- Hot Glue (if you are attaching anything)
You may choose to place these items around the Yule Log or attach them in a festive manner. You may also drill holes into the top of the log to place candles if you desire. The ribbon may be used for attaching feathers and other miscellaneous items if you prefer to use a more natural method other than hot glue.
As always, cleanse and consecrate the items.
For a Chocolate Yule Log Recipe click here.