How to Make an Elegant Yule Log for Winter Solstice

The traditional Yule log is a classic symbol of the Winter Solstice and its emphasis on the hearth and home.

And it couldn’t be easier to make.

In just 3 simple steps, create a lovely centerpiece for your Winter Solstice dining table or altar.

How to Make An Elegant Yule Log for Your Winter Solstice Table

Meaning of the Yule Log

The exact origin of the Yule log is unknown.

However, the first known historical references to the Yule log indicate it descended from Germanic paganism.

According to folklorist Linda Watts, the Yule log symbolized protection and luck.  Some people even used it as a divination tool:

” . . . . by counting the sparks and such, they seek to discern their fortunes for the new year and beyond.”

In the context of modern witchcraft and magical practice, the Yule log is primarily a custom to honor the Winter Solstice and to symbolize the return of the light after the darkest night of the year fades.

Things You Will Need

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1.5″ spade bit

-safety goggles or protective eyewear 

-natural items for decoration

-tea candles

Step 1

Measuring log to make Winter Solstice decoration.

Measure exactly where your holes are going to be in advance so that they’re evenly space.

Mine were about 5 inches apart, but this will vary a lot depending on the size of your log.

Step 2

Put on your safety goggles or protective eyewear to prevent splinters from getting in your eyes.

Using a 1.5-inch spade drill bit, drill some shallow holes in your log.  This is a two-person job!  You need to have someone hold the log firmly while you drill so that it doesn’t roll around.

This size drill bit will allow a standard tealight to fit snugly. 

You don’t need to drill too deep.  Just enough so that the tealight won’t fall off the log.  Only go down about 1-1.5 inches in depth.  Any more than that, and the tealight will be difficult to remove.

Step 3

Optionally, consider embellishing your Yule log with natural foliage or herbs.

Here, I placed the log on top of a swath of crimson fabric and surrounded it with living holly berries and leaves to bring out its natural beauty and grace.

But you can use whatever is available!  Evergreens, including pine needles, rosemary and juniper look lovely.

Or, try orange citrus peel and cinnamon sticks.

Definitely avoid placing anything too close to where the flames burn, and never leave them burning unattended!!

Blessed be and Happy Winter Solstice!

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