The 8th is a Bouche de Noel (centre right) otherwise known as the Yule log. Originally the Yule log was a piece of wood, often Ash, burnt to honour the world tree, Yggdrasil. Usually burned in combination with Yule buck in the fireplace in the winter, essential elements of the Nordic feast of Yule. The buck was a mountain goat braided from straw symbolising the goats that pulled Thor’s cart. Burning the buck and log provided healing ashes and was reputed to bring about outward and inward wealth.
Nowadays Bouche de Noel is a traditional French, sweet roulade. This year I plan to try a Delia recipe but as I want it for Christmas Day I haven’t made it yet. I’ll let you know how it goes.