The Yule Log
In ancient times, the Yule log was a large log brought into the house for midwinter. A small amount of the log would be burned each day through the Yuletide celebrations, and the stump of the Yule log retained to light the following year’s new Yule log. Households that enjoy a real fire may enjoy reviving this ancient practice, whereas modern day equivalents make this custom accessible to everyone. For more information, see Richard Mudhar’s article on the Yule Log.
The Celtic Festival of Yule is one of the most evocative and significant festivals for Pagans and Wiccans. At the winter solstice, Wiccans and Pagans choose what to take with them into the New Year, and what to leave behind. The Wheel of the Year will turn again; the shortest day is a festival of rebirth for Wiccans and Pagans.