Did you know the holiday tradition of burning the Yule Log goes back to medieval times? According to WhyChristmas.com, it was originally a Nordic tradition.
WhyChristmas says the Yule Log tradition originally started as burning an entire tree. The largest end of the log would be placed into the fireplace while the rest of the tree stuck out into the room.
It was customary for the log to be lit from the remains of last year's log -- which was kept safe over the year -- and slowly fed into the fire over the 12 Days of Christmas.
Over the years, the tradition spread across Europe where different countries have adapted various customs associated with the lighting of the Yule Log.
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