EAGLE-VAIL, Colorado -The winter gods have hidden a festive yule log in Eagle-Vail. The team of huntsmen that find the log first receive good luck and prosperity in the coming year. Or, what folks around here call "powder days."
The Yule Log Hunt features everything a good holiday party should: Dinner, drinks, live music, cookie decorating, s'mores, Santa, tree lighting, competition and good will toward others. In this case, your good will benefits the young kiddies in Eagle County Early Childhood Programs. That's about nine different schools that will the benefit from this exciting winter hunt.
The festivities culminate Saturday at 1 p.m. for a kid's snowshoe race. This is just a warm-up, of course, for the big Yule Log Hunt. The hunt begins at 2 p.m. for families and 3 p.m. for adults and corporate teams. Pavilion grounds, golf course and the mountain beyond are all fair game. Teams of huntsmen are given rhyming clues to the log's location. Hit the first four preliminary spots and then you're given the final clue to find the Yule log. Once a fast-thinking, fast-walking hunter finds the log with its holiday decor, the champion and others drag the log back to the pavilion area, where a toasty warm fire awaits to help the returning party celebrate with all other searchers. There will be a prize to share with your team.
The Yule log tradition dates back many centuries, when the burning symbolized the return of light after the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. A yule log is normally a large wooden log burned in the hearth as a part of traditional Yule or Christmas celebrations in several European cultures. It can be a part of the Winter Solstice festival or the Twelve Days of Christmas, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or Twelfth Night.
In this case, the Yule log is part of a new winter tradition celebrating kids, education and our unique mountain community,
To register or to sign up, call Kari Corbin at 970-949-4686.