Wednesday, December 16, 2009


A Yule log is a large wooden log burned in the hearth as part of traditional Christmas celebrations in many European countries. In English folklore Father Christmas carried a Yule log.

Winter festivals in Northern Europe were considered Feasts of The Dead. The haunting presence of Odin, the Norse god of ecstasy, intoxicating drink, and death. One of the more popular festivals was 'Jule' pronounced Yule, to honor Jolnir, another name for Odin ------->

Odin’s sacrificial beer became the specially blessed Christmas Ale.

After the feasts fresh food and drinks were left for the roaming yuletide ghosts. Beliefs associated with the Yule are those if fruitfulness, health, and productivity.

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?

And Again..

"He heweth him down cedars, and taketh the cypress and the oak, which he strengtheneth for himself among the trees of the forest: he planteth an ash, and the rain doth nourish it. Then shall it be for a man to burn: for he will take thereof, and warm himself; yea, he kindleth it, and baketh bread; yea, he maketh a god, and worshippeth it; he maketh it a graven image, and falleth down thereto. He burneth part thereof in the fire; with part thereof he eateth flesh; he roasteth roast, and is satisfied: yea, he warmeth himself, and saith, Aha, I am warm, I have seen the fire: And the residue thereof he maketh a god, even his graven image: he falleth down unto it, and worshippeth it, and prayeth unto it, and saith, Deliver me; for thou art my god. They have not known nor understood: for he hath shut their eyes, that they cannot see; and their hearts, that they cannot understand. And none considereth in his heart, neither is there knowledge nor understanding to say, I have burned part of it in the fire; yea, also I have baked bread upon the coals thereof; I have roasted flesh, and eaten it: and shall I make the residue thereof an abomination? shall I fall down to the stock of a tree? He feedeth on ashes: a deceived heart hath turned him aside, that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say, Is there not a lie in my right hand?" (Isaiah 44:16-20)

 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.

May the Lord add a blessing to the understanding of His Word; In Jesus name.

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