Yule Log: A traditional French bûche de Noël always looks just the right side of cutely enchanting, and there is nothing hard to like about its tender, melting chocolatiness. But I warm to it most of all for the rich pagan symbolism: it is no less than a cake-emulation of the log that the Norsemen would drag home through the streets to burn in celebration of the winter solstice and to honour the gods and hope, thus, to cajole from them a good year to come.
Winter Solstice is December 21st each year and is one of the oldest celebrated holidays. It marks the first official day of winter and is the shortest day of the year. It's also a period of time when the sun sets and rises in the same part of the sky. In it's simplest form, it's a great day to gather with your friends and family, enjoy each others company and celebrate starting a new winter together! Decorate with a pine tree (or Christmas Tree!), pine cones, winter berries, rosemar...
Ankh also known as key of life, the key of the Nile or crux ansata (Latin meaning "cross with a handle"), was the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic character that read "life", a triliteral sign for the consonants ꜥ-n-ḫ. Egyptian gods are often portrayed carrying it by its loop, or bearing one in each hand, arms crossed over their chest.
Jeremiah 10:1-25 ESV - Idols and the Living God - Hear the - Bible Gateway For those christians who celebrate Christmas without realizing its a pagan holiday while at the same time condemning pagans for pointing it out.