Winter Solstice and the Christmas/Yule log

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Did you know ?
On the evening of December 24th, in the past in Corsica and in other regions, a Christmas/Yule log made of dense wood, was burnt in the fireplace. But, it had to burn very slowly indeed, in order to continue to burn on Christmas evening, December 25th.
Origins of this tradition have been found as far back as the 12th century, and seemingly, from what we know, it would appear to have been a pagan ritual – celebrating winter solstice. When the log had completely burnt to ashes, these were kept – for it was believed and said that they held healing powers, capable of curing illnesses, protecting against storms and fertilising the earth.
 Source: Corse Passion 

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