The first record of the Yule log as a Christmas tradition in Britain is around 1620's. Clergyman Robert Herrick called it a Christmas log. However he kept the Pagan tradition of using a remnant from last year’s fire in order to burn the current year’s log. This clergyman then admitted the true belief of the log having nothing to do with Christianity; he said the log's role was to bring prosperity and protection from evil. By keeping the remnant protection remained throughout the year.
Food 4 THOUGHT: (you do the dishes)
How do we as Christians receive prosperity???
"If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures” (Job 36:11). Never forget that the prosperity of fools will destroy them (Proverbs 1:32).
How do we as Christians receive protection from evil???
"When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee: To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh forward things; Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness; Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the forwardness of the wicked; Whose ways are crooked, and they forward in their paths: To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words" (Proverbs 2:10-16). See also Psalm 23:3?
During Midwinter festivals the Norsemen feasted, drank Yule, and would watch the fire burning in the home hearth.
A Christmas tradition, this yule log video was looped on Christmas Eve/Morning on WPIX in the NY-metro broadcast area throughout the 80s.