The burning of the Yule log and the ceremonies attendant on bringing it from the forest to place in the chimney on Christmas Eve. This great log sometimes the finest of the forest was drawn in triumph to the castle. Those meeting it on its way always raised their hats in respect, and bards clustered round its entrance feting it with their songs. It was carried to the huge chimney place and there lighted from last year's brand amid the joyful cries of the assembly. There it would burn merrily until far into the night when its charred remains would be carefully preserved to light the Yule log on the following year. The observance of this last custom was considered a safe guard for the year against fire.