Yule Log: YULE TRADITIONS AND SYMBOLS

Yule Log: Although normally attributed to the Scandinavian peoples, it might be said that the Yule log actually originated with the ancient Greeks, who burned whole trees in an effort to hold off the mischievous Kallikantzaroi.

However, the Celts reinvented the custom, and gave it a whole new meaning.

The log (a symbol of their Oak King) adorned with traditional evergreens (a representation of the the Holly King) signifies the death of darkness and the warmth of the Sun during the newly born solar year.

According to tradition, the log should burn continuously for twelve days, and a bit of the wood should be saved to start the next year’s fire.

The first day of the Yule fire varies depending upon religious belief Pagans usually light the Yule fire on the Winter Solstice, while Christians wait until Christmas day