I’m happy to be participating in the Home for the Holidays Tour again this year, and today I’m sharing a Yule Log tablescape. Before you start thinking that I’ve lost it by putting a log on my table, I need to give you background info.
The tradition of bringing a specially selected log into a home started many centuries ago. The custom was thought to begin during Medieval times in Scandinavian and Northern European countries. The word “yule” itself refers to the darkest time of the year so the burning of a Yule Log was thought to be a celebration of the return of the Sun and the increasing length of the days after the Winter Solstice.
The custom of burning a Yule Log on Christmas Eve eventually spread all over Europe. A tree would be carefully selected, usually a particular species, and would be brought into the house with great ceremony. The log would be lit with the remains of the previous year’s log. Many immigrants brought the custom of burning a Yule Log on Christmas Eve to America although I will say that my family never did.
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But when Hurricane Matthew blew over one of our trees in our yard, Leo spend days cutting up and removing the limbs. Looking at some of the logs that he saved, I got to thinking that one would make a great centerpiece on our Christmas table. So I asked if he would drill 3 holes in one of the logs to hold candles and he was happy to oblige.
So silver chargers had to stand in but do add a bit of elegance to the rustic table, I think. I happened to already have 2 of these tree shaped candles on hand. I think that I purchased them at Pier One a few years ago, but I did a search online for some similar. I did find these (affiliate link) birch bark candles on Amazon that I thought would look great in a Yule Log.
Remember how I told you that I now have a sewing machine in my previous post? Well, I found this pine cone fabric at Joann’s and made 3 table runners to go on the table. If you look closely, the fabric has a little sparkly to it which goes well with the silver chargers.
The finishing touch to my Yule Log tablescape was tucking in 2 sets of (affiliate link) fairy lights into the greenery. Those fairy lights definitely add some magic no matter where you place them!
Today the custom of bringing a Yule Log into homes has frequently been replaced with a log-shaped sponge cake served as dessert. It, too, would make an awesome centerpiece for a table. But I cannot wait to tell the granddaughters who will be here Christmas Eve that the table’s centerpiece came from the tree that they watched fall during the hurricane.
It is with much excitement that I join this year’s Home for the Holidays blog tour sponsored by Sondra Lyn at Home! This is the 3rd year for her HFTH tour, and we promise to bring some of the most awesome decor, craft and recipe ideas you’ll find anywhere. It has gotten bigger and better each year and I think you’re going to love what you see! So stay tuned – it’s 30 blogs over the week, with a different topic each day. Be sure you come back here every day to get the links for that day’s featured blogs! Here’s a run-down of the topics and featured blogs:
Monday – Holiday Mantels
Tuesday – Holiday Recipes
Wednesday – Holiday Crafts
Thursday – Holiday Decor
Friday – Holiday Tablescapes
Are you ready? Here we go!
Home for the Holidays 2016