For Christmas 1976, my dad and brother (?) made a yule or advent log for us out of wood from a tree on the farm. It was our first married Christmas. The Mr. and I were both still college students, so we had almost no money. It was our first Christmas decoration and right in our price range!
That year we cut a cedar tree from a pasture and made most of the ornaments. I think the only thing we bought that year were the lights, some balls for the tree, and the candles for the yule log.
Thirty-three years later, the yule log is still a part of every Christmas at our house. We use it like an advent wreath and light a different candle every Sunday of advent. We don't use the traditional advent colors of purple, pink and white. It is hard enough to find green and burgundy/red tapers the right size! Everyone uses votive and pillar candles these days.
A couple of years ago, K and L asked Grandpa for their own yule logs. Of course, Grandpa (with help from West Point nephew?) came through. They so rarely ask Grandpa for anything, that when they do--Grandpa delivers!!
Some traditions continue--and have been passed on to the next generation. And that's a good thing.
Time to light another candle. Happy 3rd Sunday of Advent!