Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Make your own Yule Log

Yule Logs are a fun and festive addition to any holiday decor.  With a history that goes back to the most traditional Christmas celebrations, the modern version is easy to create at home with your own personal touches and starts a family activity that embraces the spirit of the season.

Candles can be any color that suits your room but are typically green and red.  The candle on the left is in recognition of the gifts that have been given over the past year and the the candle on the right represents hopes for the upcoming year.  The candle in the center is in gratitude and love. The candles may be lit each day for a brief period during the week leading up to Christmas and on Christmas Eve they are allowed to burn themselves out.

The first step is to find a small section of wood with a sturdy flat bottom - you don't want your log to roll!  A little sanding can even the base and create a solid foundation.  Oak or birch are the most commonly used woods but you can use any kind that pleases you.

Once you feel comfortable with the base of your Yule Log you'll want to drill holes for candles.  Chime candles are the easiest to use and require less drilling.  Make three holes in the top of your log evenly spaced and just deep enough to hold the chime candles securely.  Please follow all appropriate safety measures when making the holes.

You are now ready for the fun part - decorating!  Use greens, holly, mistletoe, ribbons or any other touches that suit your taste.  Please do not leave candles unattended or place any decorations too close to the flames.

Have fun and have a wonderful holiday season!

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