Glen Morris Horticultural Society
GLEN MORRIS HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY
The burning of a Yule Log, Yule Clog, or Christmas Block in a hearth was a Christmas tradition in many European countries. The term "Yule" was probably derived from Germanic paganism. The earliest recorded history appears in 1184. A huge log was specially selected that could burn for the 12 days before Christmas. The wood had to be grown or gifted. It was bad luck if bought. The log was decorated, doused with ale, dusted with flour, and then ceremonially lit with a piece of last year's log. Each year, part of the wood was saved to light the next year's Yule Log. The mostly burnt wood was kept around the house until the next Christmas to ward off toothaches, mildew, lightning, house fires, and hail. For Christians, burning the Yule Log at Christmas symbolized the battle between good and evil. As the fire burned brighter and as the log turned to ashes, this symbolized Christ's final and ultimate triumph over evil.
The December edition of our GMHS Newsletter, "Garden Gleanings," has been e-mailed to Society Members and is posted here.
We will not be holding meetings for the next two months, but we hope to see you Monday, February 4 to paint rocks with Diane Woodham.
I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and happy New Year!
December 2018 Newsletter
by Margaret Fleury
The December 2018 Newsletter is here. Happy reading! Click here