Here at Country Days, we love the charming ritual and superstition associated with the ancient Christmas custom of burning a yule log on Christmas Eve. If you want to join in the tradition this Christmas Eve, here’s what you do…
• Choose a tree with friends and family. In days gone by,groups of villagers would all head out and do this together. The oldest and the youngest would make the decision – oak was popular as it represents healing, strength and wisdom.
• Fell and chop the tree. People used to burn entire trunksbit by bit until twelfth night, but as fireplaces became smaller over time, pieces were shared out instead – and so the Yule log was born!
• Set the fire on Christmas Eve with the Yule log taking pride of place. Sprinkle it with wine and salt to make it feel welcome, toss a holly leaf into the hearth and make a wish as the flame catches.
• Keep it alight for as long as possible; to let it go out before Twelfth Night used to be considered bad luck!