Christmas or Christmastide; the feast of the Nativity of our Savior. "And at each pause they kiss; was never seen such rule In any place but here, at bonfire, or at Yule." (Drayton) Yule block, or Yule log, a large log of wood formerly put on the hearth of Christmas eve, as the foundation of the fire. It was brought in with much ceremony. Yule clog, the yule log.

Origin: OE. Yol, yol, AS. Geol; akin to geola December or January, Icel. Jol Yule, Ylir the name of a winter month, Sw. Jul Christmas, Dan. Juul, Goth. Jiuleis November or December. Cf. Jolly.

(01 Mar 1998)

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