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The Yule Log

The burning of the Yule Log is a pagan winter solstice (and later Christmas) tradition practiced among numerous cultures in northern Europe and Scandinavia.

During the Yule celebration, Nordic and Germanic pagans would drag a huge tree or log into the hall and burn it for several days of feasting and revelry. At the end of the Yule celebration, a piece of the log was saved to lite the log of next year’s Yule.

References:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yule_log

Christmas Unwrapped - The History of Christmas, History Channel (1995)

ps — I’m looking for more sources on this topic, if anyone has a good recommendation, please send it my way!

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