The Yule Log, or Bûche de Noël, is a French Christmas cake, the history of which stretches back before the medieval era. As families gathered to welcome the winter solstice, logs decorated with holly or ivy were burned to cleanse the air of the previous year’s events. The Yule log lived on, but because burning them in the hearth was not always practical or possible (especially during the reign of Napoleon when fireplaces were banned for health reasons), the sponge cake was born.

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Is a yule log one of your Christmas traditions? 

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