Good Morning Gentle Readers,
TWC is lighting the yule
log this evening. It wasn't exactly hot this Christmas day, but it was warm enough that we couldn't do that this
Traditionally, the yule log was the size of the General Sherman Redwood. After being hacked down by hand, it took a dozen men and a small boy to drag the log back to the great open hearth, where it was expected to keep the stone cottage warm for at least the Twelve Days of Christmastide.
Once laid on the hearth, the Yule Log was ignited using unburnt wood scraps from the previous year's Yule log, a custom that ensured the passing of good fortune from year to year and generation to generation.
We've simplified the tradition. We cut the trunk of the Christmas Tree into firewood and mulch the rest. Last year's Christmas Tree then becomes the basis for next year's Christmas Day fire.
We'll keep on with out tradition until the State of California bans wood burning fireplaces entirely.