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The Yule Log

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In accordance -with the scnptural aching that " Cbrist if the true light which shall lighten every man that comethiuto the world," ard the "Light of Oights" promised in the prophecies to ;he Gentiles, the Christmas, or Yule 'estival, was also called by the early 3hiistians "The Feast of Lights." [n the ancient days of both the Western and Eastern churohcs (and to the present in the Clrarch of liome) large and ïighly-ornamentcd wax-candles lire jurned in the Christmas celebration. Out of this custom, most probably, grew the irttroduotion of tho Yule block, clog or log, in the rural district s of Ens;laud, after tho Christion religión had there become established. Except in churoh observancea, the usefof the Christmas candió, is now obsolete. The Yule log, for the fire oi Christmae eve, in mauy portions of England and Scotland, is still gathered early in autumn and preserved for the pnrposc, or, in its stead, wlien tho log or block cannot be obtained, an enormous lunip of coal is laid by for the occasion and purpose. The same custom prevails in certain sections of Virginia and other of the Southern States, the inhabitants of which are of English descent. This was notably the case in the rural districts of Eastern Yirgini; during the existence of slavery. The presorvation of the block for the ' ' back log " of the Christmas firc was a matter of no small concern with plantation ne groes ; and white boys and black ex temporized Christmas cannon of large dry logs of wood, drilling holes in, ant charging them with gunpowder, anc cxploding by pcrcussion or ignition The first of those Christmas guns was usually fired olï at midnight of Christ mas eve ; and f rom this time until morn ing, bad luk to the man, vromnn 01 child in the vicinity wlio coald not sleep even amid the noises of battle.


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Michigan Argus