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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Yule \Yule\ ([=u]l), n. [OE. yol, [yogh]ol, AS. ge['o]l; akin to ge['o]la December or January, Icel. j[=o]l Yule, Ylir the name of a winter month, Sw. jul Christmas, Dan. juul, Goth. jiuleis November or December. Cf. Jolly.] Christmas or Christmastide; the feast of the Nativity of our Savior. [1913 Webster] And at each pause they kiss; was never seen such rule In any place but here, at bonfire, or at Yule. --Drayton. [1913 Webster] Yule block, or Yule log, a large log of wood formerly put on the hearth on Christmas eve, as the foundation of the fire. It was brought in with much ceremony. Yule clog, the yule log. --Halliwell. W. Irving. [1913 Webster]