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Old Christmas traditions...where have they gone?(9 posts)

Old Christmas traditions...where have they gone?ColnagoFE
Dec 22, 2003 11:34 AM
Is there anyone out there that still burns a Yule log? Or roasts chestnuts on an open fire? Or for that matter goes cavorting in a one horse open sleigh? Do you know what Old Lang Syne is and why are we toasting it/him/her? What else has gone by the wayside...and just what the heck is Yule anyway?
Auld Lang Syne nmmohair_chair
Dec 22, 2003 11:39 AM
Auld Lang Syne:Dave_Stohler
Dec 24, 2003 9:29 PM
i Should old acquaintance be forgot

i And never brought to mind

i Should old acquaintance be forgot

i And days of auld lang syne

i For auld lang syne, my dear

i For auld lang syne,

i may old acquaintance be forgot

i And days of auld lang syne
re: Old Christmas traditions...where have they gone?zeke
Dec 22, 2003 11:42 AM
good question! i was invited to a christmas party here in japan last week, it was given by an american, so i expected some tradition since she said there would be something.
what she offered was dr. seuss' 'the grinch that stole christman'. she (37 years old) was surprised that i (52) never saw it. she went on to say that she has watched it all her life at xmas time. her husband went on to say that its a difference between east (me) and west coast (her ) cultures. but i think its generational.
re: Old Christmas traditions...where have they gone?TJeanloz
Dec 22, 2003 11:47 AM
We do the Yule log routine, both at my club and at my parent's house. And the carroling.

A one horse open sleigh is a very regionally specific peice of equipment - it was never a common thing.
I have to say TJ that you must have had a good educationColnagoFE
Dec 22, 2003 11:50 AM
You never seem to be stumped no matter the question and usually have first hand knowledge to boot! So what exactly does the Yule log routine entail? Happy holidays!
I think it differs from tradition to traditionTJeanloz
Dec 22, 2003 11:58 AM
The routines are different from place to place. The Yule Log is a big, single cut log (so it's round), usually ~ 1 foot in diameter and as long as will fit in the fireplace, and fresh cut, so it doesn't burn remarkably well. At the club, we drag this log in, and each person is given their customary winter libation. Each of us then gives a toast, splashes a little of our drink on the log, and so on until the log is suitably drunk. It then gets some salts and other good luck spices thrown on for good measure, and then we roll it into the fireplace, and light it with the splintered remains of last year's log. It usually burns for a good two days before it burns itself out - but the center, where it is wettest (remember, it's fresh-cut) doesn't burn, leaving something to light with next year.

At home, we celebrate the Yule log on the Winter Solstice (tonight), outdoors. Similar procedure to the above.
and here they ban wood burning ... nmDougSloan
Dec 22, 2003 12:04 PM
Additional factoids.dr hoo
Dec 22, 2003 12:09 PM
The log must be big enough to burn through the night. If it goes out, it is bad luck for the year. If it is still smoldering in the morning, good luck.

There is something about the ashes too. I'm not sure if you eat them, wear them, or sprinkle them around the house. Luck, happiness and fertility (I assume) then are abundant for the following year.

Note: I only learned this by watching Jacques Pepin cooking on tv this weekend.