Pat Shingleton: "You'll and Yule..."
With one seasonal tradition over, the next has been launched. Advent has begun and preparations for the Christmas Season are underway. Some may believe the Yule Log is a Christmas related tradition, however in Germany, the burning of this large block of oak is a different time-honored ritual. As noted in a previous column, it predates Christianity and has some connection with the ancient Aryan creed associating the oak tree with the god of thunder. Germans withdraw the Yule log as soon as it is charred as it is kept in the house throughout the year, repositioned on the fire during thunderstorms. Many believed bolts of lightning wouldn't strike a house where a Yule Log was smoldering. Other "Yule" applications include a goat, and a boar.