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    Since 1927, the Yule Log has been celebrated in Voorhees Chapel because of the increasing amount of students enrolling in Douglass Residential College. Elizabeth Rodman Voorhees donated the money to build the chapel in 1925. CATHERINE NGUYEN / STAFF WRITER

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    Voorhees Chapel was filled with Douglass students and alum- ni Sunday night for the 100th an- nual Yule Log Ceremony, a tradi- tion to welcome the spirit of the holiday season.

    The first Yule Log was held in College Hall in 1918, when students from the New Jersey College for Women — now known as Douglass Residential College — were asked to burn a yule log and light a tree in front of the building, according to the pamphlet provided at the event. While gathered in College Hall, the students held candles and sang songs while the yule log was placed in a ceremonious fireplace.

    The tradition has continued every year since, but in 1927 the location of the ceremony was moved to Voor- hees Chapel because of the increas- ing number of students at the wom- en’s college, said Sonia Khalil, the program coordinator of the Yule Log.

    “College Hall became too crowd- ed,” she said.

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    This year’s ceremony began with songs sung by the Voorhees Choir. Some of the songs were traditional holiday favorites that everyone in the audience sang along to, such as “Deck the Halls,” while other songs reflected winter holidays celebrated in other countries, such as “Carsko Momce Kon Sedlae,” a Bulgarian carol arranged by singer Lily Storm.

    Lined along a staircase in front of the chapel’s pews were “stair seniors,” volunteer Douglass stu- dents in their final year at Rutgers. Between songs, they read excerpts from various cultures. Some of the readings included lines from the Rig Veda, the Quran, the farewell statement for Kwanzaa and the Bi- ble. In keeping with tradition, they dressed in white robes and wore wreaths on their heads to repre- sent light.

    While many traditions from the original Yule Log remain, the songs and readings changed over the years to become more inclu-

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