Today I went yulelog hunting.

Early this morning I was scrolling through the trending feed on twitter and I came across #WinterSolstice.

From what I know, the winter solstice marks the beginning of Yuletide.
Yuletide being an ancient Norse festival which has had a strong influence to the way that the western world celebrates Christmas.

If you know me well, you probably know about my interests in Norse mythology, history and culture. You will know that I spent a lot of time working on a viking project at university and that I am influenced strongly by old Norse traditions.

Today was one of those days.

Just before sundown, me and mum headed over to the forest to “walk the dog”. Although the real reason for going there was to hunt for the perfect yulelog. (however, I am sure buddy enjoyed his walk)

At first glance I wasn’t really sure that we were going to find anything, with so many fallen leaves everywhere. But eventually we came across a large piece of wood sticking out of the ground.
I thought it was perfect ~ Mum thought it was too large to carry.

Undecided, we left the log where it was and continued on our journey.

With light fading quickly I was very eager to find a decent log, and by the time we had reached the top of the forest, we’d still had no luck.

Until we came across this beauty.

(yes, I’m calling the log a beauty)

Still undecided on the smaller log or the one we had found previous, we agreed on taking both home ~ if we could find the large one.

But of course we couldn’t find it on our return and we ended up walking the route twice before we could get our hands on it again. (If anyone came across us searching for a log in the dark, then I don’t know…)

And then we had to carry them to the car. (I have splinters.)

Back at home we were quick to decorate the log with evergreen branches, dried leaves and all the candles we could find. Then, when it was ready, we prepared ourselves with warm coats and hot mulled cider so that we could enjoy the burning of the log.
Do you know what happened next?

It rained.

(I’m not sure the LED candles count for this Yulelog. Better luck next time, ei?)

~ Connie ~

2 Replies to “Yule(B)log”

  1. very brave of you both to do all that hunting in the cold and almost dark! I have hunted for some old, old Christmas things in the upstairs bedroom and will be putting them around the place, but it’s all a bit too much for me now. I still try, but could do without all this Christmas celebration.

    1. I have to admit the dark was pretty terrifying, especially in the woods at Blaise Castle. But also it was rather fun.
      I wonder what old, old decorations you found? they must be rather interesting.

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