The room was lighted by the yule log only, which blazed in the fireplace.
The grand staircase is as black before me as a yule midnight!
"I suppose he has even made the best of things in the letter, but if he can bear arms again by yule it will be a wonder," he said.
This was at yule, and the same practice held in the parish school of Thrums.
December carries a boar, as if for the yule feast of Queen Philippa's scholars.
The yule log was blazing and sputtering all sorts of fireworks and colors.
And if I get allied with Fadge, no doubt yule will involve me in his savage feeling.
"Geoffrey," whispered Mr. yule, with an air of satisfaction.
When the yule feast began, Leif was silent and more depressed than usual.
I dont like jumping women, Captain yule threw in; but that perhaps is a detail.
Old English geol, geola "Christmas Day, Christmastide," from Old Norse jol (plural), a heathen feast, later taken over by Christianity, of unknown origin.
The Old English (Anglian) cognate giuli was the Anglo-Saxons' name for a two-month midwinter season corresponding to Roman December and January, a time of important feasts but not itself a festival. After conversion to Christianity it narrowed to mean "the 12-day feast of the Nativity" (which began Dec. 25), but was replaced by Christmas by 11c., except in the northeast (areas of Danish settlement), where it remained the usual word.
Revived 19c. by writers to mean "the Christmas of 'Merrie England.' " First direct reference to the Yule log is 17c. Old Norse jol seems to have been borrowed in Old French as jolif, hence Modern French joli "pretty, nice," originally "festive" (see jolly).