There’s nothing better on a cold winter day than gathering together in front of a warm crackling fire. Back in 1966, Channel 11 WPIX in New York City began broadcasting The Yule Log each Christmas Eve as a televised gift for people who lived in apartments and homes without fireplaces.

Today, over 40 years later, what could make a better Christmas-eve tip than a link for your own iPod-resolution version of that fireplace classic:

Original Yule Log for iPod (WPIX-TV)

In 2001, The Yule Log returned to TV sets in select cities with an updated edition for HDTV. The 3-hour recording of a burning log won its time slot in the Nielsen ratings each year since it was brought back. Wikipedia has a fascinating account of The Yule Log’s rise, decline, and revival.

The Yule Log on Wikipedia

New York Times Review of Yule Log TV Special

Finally, if you find yourself yearning for a higher-resolution fire, suitable for your large screen, head over to For $5 to $10 you can download large 30-minute videos. We downloaded a couple in preparation for this tip. We ran the loop on the projector in our training room for a week straight. The crackling fire is surprisingly addictive and relaxing.


From all of us here at Creativetechs, we wish you a Merry Christmas, happy holidays, and a prosperous New Year.