Last year the power company did some tree trimming near the office and they cut some birch branches that I could not let go into the shredder. I knew that some day I would make them into something. Today was the day.
I made my version of a Yule Log.
The burning a Yule Log likely started thousands of years ago, most likely in Northern Europe as a winter festival. Each region apparently had its own custom. One Scandinavian Solstice festival was known as Jule which was pronounced Yule. Families would go out into the forest, cut down a huge tree and drag it home, and then set afire. If it was too big for the hearth, they let it hang out into the room! Most cultures seemed to view the Yule log as providing a magical protection over those who burned it.
Some traditions tried to keep the fire burning all year, others for 12 days, which may have been the start of the Twelve Days of Christmas. Keeping a piece of the log and using it to light next year’s Yule log appears to have been a fairly universal tradition. The log’s role was primarily one of bringing prosperity and protection from evil – by keeping the remnant of the log all the year the protection was said to remain across the year.
I don’t have room to but a whole tree in the house so I am making my version with candles.
First I cut some of the birch branches into small logs
I am using tealight candles
I drill a hole in the end of the log with a 1 1/2 inch forstner bit
I bought a wooden base at the craft store
3 log pieces and some greenery berries and a bird are added
It makes a pretty centerpiece and the candles are easy to replace.
I posted pictures of my Christmas Tree before
The pine cones were driving me crazy because I didn’t have enough snow on them so I took them off and added more
Teddy is tired of Christmas decorating
I think we are done now so back to quilting