Yule Log Lighting ceremony Dec. 2

Stetson University invites the community to join in its annual Yule Log Lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, at Hulley Tower between DeLand Hall and Chaudoin Hall. The annual ritual, which traditionally opens the holiday season at Stetson University, is sponsored by the campus Student Christian Ministries and the Chaplain’s Office. The event is free and open to the public. (See the story in Stetson Today under NEWS/Campus & Community.)

This tradition began at Stetson in 1938 with the lighting of candles in the women’s residence halls. According to tradition, the Yule Log ceremony, added 10 years later, brings good luck and happiness to those who take part. 

“This year’s theme, A Celebration of Light, represents the rich combination of Christian and Jewish Holiday traditions,” said Stetson University Chaplain Michael Fronk. “Celebrating the lighting of the Yule Log is a time to take a break from the stress of studying for finals. It’s a time for reflection with classmates and friends as we enter the special holiday season.”

The program will include a welcome by President Wendy Libby, the reading of The Yule Log Tradition, the reading of The Tradition of Hanukkah and the Inscription of Hope, caroling and special music led by Stetson Director of Choral Activities Tim Peter, a reading of “It Was the Week before Exams,” by Vice President of Student Affairs Christopher Kandus-Fisher, and a special message by Chaplain Fronk.

After the ceremony everyone is invited to join in casting sprigs on the fire, representing the year past, and in lighting candles from the Yule Log flame. Participants will then move to the Carlton Union Building for refreshments.

For additional information, contact Stetson University’s Chaplain’s Office at (386) 822-7523.