The History of the Yule Log
"The Yule log Christmas tradition originated among the Germanic tribes. A log was burned during the winter solstice celebration, and its name comes from "jol", the Old Norse name for this pagan festival.
Invaders from the north introduced the Yule log to England, and the custom eventually became common in other European countries.
The Yule log has also been adopted to some extent in the United States. The word "Yule" has since become synonymous with Christmas. The Yule log is generally very big so that it will burn a long time.
In some countries, only part of the log is burned each day to make it last until the New Year, and chips from the Yule log are considered good luck charms.
The Yule log is often selected far in advance of Christmas and put aside to dry so that it will burn well after the lighting ceremony on Christmas Eve."
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