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(New York Daily News)   The most watched television program on Christmas Day in New York returns once again. FARK: It has no people, animals or cars   (nydailynews.com) divider line 22
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2013-12-22 06:55:00 AM
I loved the Yule Log when I lived on the East Coast- I seem to remember it lasting all of Christmas eve and then most of Christmas.

If they want to update it, how about a couple hours of watching the Budweiser and Miller horses trot through the snow?
 
2013-12-22 07:39:30 AM
We're using the word 'watched' a little loosely here.
 
2013-12-22 07:50:06 AM
The Yule Log, AKA "WPIX is letting the engineers get drunk before putting on the 12-hour 'Honeymooners' reel"
 
2013-12-22 08:01:20 AM
I thought maybe they were going to pillory Bloomberg.
 
2013-12-22 08:25:22 AM
www.tucsonweekly.com
 
2013-12-22 08:27:37 AM
media.giphy.com
 
2013-12-22 08:29:22 AM
media.giphy.com
 
2013-12-22 08:45:43 AM
I've always loved the Yule log. These days, we have it on while lingering over late breakfast and opening the last gifts.
 
2013-12-22 08:47:26 AM
the Irony.


i guess looking at something on TV that most don't have is somehow the same thing.  virtual reality.
 
2013-12-22 08:54:21 AM
The Roku holiday channel has one this year too.
 
2013-12-22 08:59:37 AM
My family watches it, but we just stream it these days.
 
2013-12-22 09:00:11 AM

Linux_Yes: the Irony.


i guess looking at something on TV that most don't have is somehow the same thing.  virtual reality.


Not really. It's just a bit of schmaltzy local tradition (and yes, "schmaltzy" works because we're in NYC) that people enjoy. No one imagines they all of a sudden have a musical fireplace in their living room.
 
2013-12-22 09:18:46 AM
Several years ago, we visited my then-in laws in New York for Christmas.  They had the Yule Log channel on all day.  "This is the stupidest thing I've ever seen on television," I thought to myself, as I sat there and stared at the burning Yule Log.  For two and a half hours.  Without moving.

/Well, I couldn't help it.  They kept bringing me egg nog.
 
2013-12-22 10:48:25 AM
Do people really 'watch' it?  We have a fireplace, but I don't watch the fire.
 
2013-12-22 11:18:12 AM
Anyone who would watch that in California on a spare the air day would get a ticket from the NAZIs at CARB.
 
2013-12-22 11:20:57 AM

bborchar: Do people really 'watch' it?  We have a fireplace, but I don't watch the fire.


We have a fireplace but turn on the flatscreen next to it with a saved Yule Log video that loops.
If there are some little kids over, I move the TV with the Yule Log down in front of the fireplace, (ala Colbert)
It's magic.
 
2013-12-22 11:31:14 AM
We've had "Log" playing almost constantly on our TV since December 01. The whole family squeals with delight every time Man Hand appears to adjust the logs.
 
2013-12-22 01:07:17 PM
I didn't realize the Yule Log was a NY specific thing.
 
2013-12-22 03:13:09 PM
I didn't realize there was any other programming on, what with A Christmas Story playing all day.
 
2013-12-22 03:27:58 PM
Netflix has an official movie trailer for Fireplace For Your Home: YouTube

And a behind-the-scenes: YouTube
 
2013-12-23 10:55:21 AM

bborchar: Do people really 'watch' it?  We have a fireplace, but I don't watch the fire.


Really? You should try it sometime.
 
2013-12-23 04:24:50 PM
Listening to that cheery X-mas music made me want to take an ax to somebody in a New York minute.

They started this in 1966? Wasn't that the year that the drugs and murder rates took off?

I like sunsets, aquaria and rotisserie chicken as much as the next guy, but I hate it when they add stupid music. Give me bird song, whale song and surf, but NO FARKIING SAPPY MUSIC! Natural sounds sooth, music annoys. You could play stupid traffic sounds for ten hours but five minutes of marshmallow music is more than I can take.
 
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