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Ambiaka Maupin and Brian Stanely, dressed as Father Yule, celebrate after throwing the Yule log into the fire during the ritual. They wrote their wishes on paper, placed them onto the log, and then threw the log into the fire, believing that burning the wishes releases their energy into the atmosphere. RNS photo by Mikala Compton