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This thread is in reply to a blog post by Sharon entitled "The Yule Log".
Name: Leon
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Dec 23, 2013 9:04 PM CST
A few years back there was a television movie, 'Papa's Angels' based on a carpenter's family, and set in the 1930's Smokey Mountains according to the New York Time review. I believe this aired in 2000 on CBS television, and I remember watching at least one showing a couple years ago. It is a sad movie with a very positive outcome and well worth seeing. It covers the traditional burning of the Yule log, and from what I know (very little) the custom is still carried out in regions of Northern Europe & possibly Ireland. I was pleasantly reminded of this custom after reading Sharon's wonderful account in this blog. (Now I want a wood fireplace. Smiling ) I am disappointed that my broadband internet service failed earlier and I was not able to post this.

I am also a little disappointed the networks don't re-run this wonderful movie. If anyone is interested, here is the N.Y. Times Link for its review. http://www.nytimes.com/tv/show/57548/Papa-s-Angels/overview
Thanks to Sharon for a real treat tonight!
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Name: Sharon
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Sharon
Dec 23, 2013 9:28 PM CST
Leon, you just absolutely saved my sanity tonight. I've been trying to remember all day after writing this blog -- what that TV movie was. Couldn't for the life of me remember and here you are and now I know. I hardly remember it, only the part about the Yule log and was so swamped with other things today I had no chance to do a search for it. You handed it to me right when I needed it. Papa's Angels. Thank you more than you know.

I hope you have the Merriest Christmas ever!!
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Name: Lyn
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RoseBlush1
Dec 23, 2013 11:03 PM CST
The Yule Log was a tradition even back in medieval times. I can't remember where I read about it many years ago, but it was a tradition that was brought to the US.

Sharon, it was delightful reading your story about it.

Merry Christmas to you and all.

Smiles,
Lyn
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Name: Sharon
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Sharon
Dec 23, 2013 11:19 PM CST
Me too, Lyn, I've read that it was a religious ritual before Christianity (pagan, perhaps) but along the way -- like a lot of other things -- was incorporated into Christian beliefs. I come from a long line of things that are passed down from one generation to another, mostly stories, and this was one of those things. The Yule Log was a good way to stay warm on a long winter's night and provided a nice story.

Thanks so much and Merry Christmas right back to you!
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