Pat Shingleton: "The Yule Log..."
The Severe Storms Prediction Center targeted our area with a slight risk of severe weather that will be extended today. Marksville reported a cane field tornado and a funnel in Wakefield was also noted. Thunderstorms are common at this time of year in south Louisiana. With the start of Advent and the Christmas season the "Yule Log" wasn't just for Christmas. In Germany, the burning of this large block of oak is a time-honored tradition and predates Christianity. The process may have some connection with the ancient Aryan creed that associated the oak tree with the god of thunder. 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.