"The grate had been removed from the wide overwhelming fireplace, to make way for a fire of wood, in the midst of which was an enormous log glowing and blazing, and sending forth a vast volume of light and heat; this I understood was the Yule-log, which the Squire was particular in having brought in and illumined on a Christmas eve, according to ancient custom.”
Washington Irving .
I have actually seen such a fireplace. It was in a little town in England... on our honeymoon. Christmas eve was spent in a tiny pub with a fireplace so big, you could have walked right into it!
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