It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Chapter 12, Page 24, Book 09


Answer your phone by saying Merry Christmas

The night before Christmas has as many unique traditions as it does people who celebrate it. Marking the end of the Advent Season, Christmas Eve is on December 24th.

This fireplace is at DS#5’s house and they have a wonderful Christmas village set up on the mantle there too.


Once the sun goes down on Christmas Eve, the Yule log is lit in the fireplace. Back when homes had great fireplaces, fires were lit on Christmas Eve using logs so huge as to be able to burn for all the days of Christmas. These Yule logs now tend to be much smaller, but the traditions surrounding them remain: the fire on Christmas Eve should be lit using a piece of last year's Yule Log which has been stored under the bed of the mistress of the house, which folk belief says brings good fortune and prevents lightning strikes to the home.

Some people burn a log in their homes from Christmas Eve until New Year's Day. This stems from an ancient tradition in which farmers would use part of the log to ensure good luck for the next year's harvest.

This tradition dates back to the Norse Yule log. It is probably also responsible for the popularity of log-shaped cheese, cakes, and desserts during the holiday

One of the traditions we have when we gather for our Christmas celebration is first reading the Christmas Story from the Bible which you can find in Luke 2:1-20.

…So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn….

Then we join together in praying as a family. This year I printed out a prayer for all to read together and my little Prince Charming said we should go slower next time as he had a hard time keeping up…

How grand it was to sit there with my children and read the age old story and hold my youngest grandson in my arms at the same time.

I’ve no fireplace and no Yule Log here in my home, but my heart is warm inside full of wonderful memories and hopes too for my family and friends this Christmas. May there be Peace in your Hearts and may you have a wonderful Christmas Eve!

‘On Ya’-ma


Sugar said...

merry Christmas eve, my friend. loved hearing all the traditions, i knew most, but a few were new to me! :) the pics are great!!!

BlueRidge Boomer said...

Happy Holidays!!


Hollie said...

What a wonderful entry. Thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas!

Sybil said...

Ma thank you so much for all the kindness you have shown to me throughout the year. It has been such a pleaseure following your family through the "downs" and "ups"...The latest little baby looks lovely. May you all be blessed with everything good at this glorious season and may 2010 bring only happiness.
Love Sybil xx

Sharon's Cottage Quilts said...

What a beautiful tradition with your family MA! Your grandchildren are just precious! Merry Christmas Sweet Lady! It was my good fortune and a blessing to find you this year!! Hugs & Warmth,

Scrappy quilter said...

Merry Christmas friend. I'm going to miss all these wonderful Christmas posts you've done throughout this month. What a joy to have read them. Have a wonderful day tomorrow. Hugs and love

Kathy said...

Thank you for sharing the yule log traditions. Also your pictures are so nice. Your grandkids are adorable too. Have a wonderful and loving Christmas.

betty said...

thanks for telling us about the Yule log, I heard the term but never truly knew what it meant

I love the picture of you holding your new little grandson! adorable!

we usually read Luke chapter 2 too on Christmas morn before opening gifts; great tradition :)

Merry Christmas dear friend


peggy said...

what sweet children! I have loved your Christmas series of posts, and I am so glad to have met you this year. Happy Christmas eve from us in Michigan.