Storyteller Barry Stewart Mann tells children a story about snowflakes during last year’s Yule Log Celebration at the William H. Reynolds Memorial Nature Preserve.
MORROW Clayton County children will soon exude some Yuletide cheer while looking for a legendary log.
The William H. Reynolds Memorial Nature Preserve is gearing up for its annual Yule Log Celebration next month. The Christmas event, which culminates in children running through the preserve to find a “Yule Log,” has been taking place for at least 20 years, said Stephanie Berens, the preserve’s manager.
“It’s a time for everyone to bundle up, show some holiday cheer and participate in a long-standing community tradition,” Berens said.
This year’s Yule Log Celebration will take place Dec. 7, beginning at 7 p.m., at the preserve, located at 5665 Reynolds Road, in Morrow. It is free for residents to attend. Berens said that while attendance for the celebration has varied from year to year, the event has remained popular with residents.
“We had about 300 people attend last year’s celebration,” she said.
As has been the case in past years, this year’s celebration will include face painting, a performance by the Forest Park High School orchestra, hot cocoa, craft-making sessions led by Forest Park-based Macaroni Kids, a candlelit trail, storytelling by local storyteller Barry Stewart Mann and a bonfire, according to Berens.
As the event wraps up, children will be invited to search the hills surrounding the bonfire for the “Yule Log,” which is a log wrapped in a red ribbon and bow.
She said residents are asked to bring their own mugs for the hot chocolate in an effort to be environmentally friendly during the celebration.