Pat Shingleton:Burn the Log, Prevent Lightning
It's been two weeks since we experienced a thunderstorm event. As we wrap-up our Thanksgiving weekend, we advance to Advent, and preparations for Christmas. The "Yule Log" wasn't just for Christmas. In Germany, the burning of a large block of oak, called a Yule Log, is a time-honored tradition. This tradition predates Christianity and may have some connection with the ancient Aryan creed. This creed associated the oak tree with the god of thunder. In Germany, the custom suggests withdrawing the Yule log from the fire as soon as it is charred. It was then kept in the house throughout the year and repositioned on the fire during thunderstorms. Many believed that bolts of lightning would never strike a house where a Yule Log was smoldering.
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