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.
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 iYule.tv. 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.