Christmas Yule Log is performed with high spirits and sanctity. Different countries have different ways of performing this tradition. Even different kinds of wood are used today to keep alive the spirit of the tradition. Here are some of the examples of the tradition of Yule Log performed in different countries
In the UK, in a place known as Cornwall, the log is named ‘The Mock’. The log is dehydrated and then the bark is chopped off it before it comes inside the house to be scorched. Also in the UK, Coopers, the traditional name for barrel makers, provided their customers old logs that they could not utilize for constructing barrels for Yule logs.
Snell writes that the Viking tradition of burning Yule logs included carving runes on the logs “to represent the unwanted traits (such as ill fortune or poor honor) that they wanted the gods to take away from them.”
The burning of the Yule Log can easily become a family tradition. Begin by having parent(s) or some other family member describe the tradition of the Yule Log. The tale of the Oak King and Holly King from Celtic mythology can be shared as a story, or can be summarized with a statement that the Oak represents the waxing solar year, Winter Solstice to Summer Solstice, and the Holly represents the waning solar year, Summer Solstice to Winter Solstice.
Ash – brings protection, prosperity, and health
Aspen – invokes understanding of the grand design
Birch – signifies new beginnings
Holly – inspires visions and reveals past lives
Oak – brings healing, strength, and wisdom
Pine – signifies prosperity and growth
Willow – invokes the Goddess to achieve desires