Don’t have a fireplace? But want to create a warm and cozy feeling in your home this Christmas holiday? Instead of chopping down a giant oak tree and dragging it into your house like the Vikings used to do, watch these Yule Log videos!
Why Do We Watch the Yule Log?
Televised Yule logs first became popular in 1966 when station WPIX in New York aired nothing but a fireplace for its viewers on Christmas Eve. Shockingly, New Yorkers loved it, and since, the meditative crackling fire has evolved from broadcast TV to themed multi-hour online videos on YouTube. Like these!
So cozy up around the laptop and pour a cup of cocoa. We have hours and hours of entertainment curated just for you.
15 Videos Yule Love
1. Olive Garden
This this year, the Olive Garden’s Yule Log has no logs and no fire, but it does have hours and hours of bubbling cheesy pasta. Which we hear tastes better than bark.
2. Lil’ Bub
He died as he lived – completely unaware of Christmas or the Internet. While we were all sad to hear of Lil’ Bub’s passing early this year, he lives on in our hearts and our laptops thanks to this hour-long video of his adorable face. RIP Lil’ Bub. We’d pour an eggnog out for you, but Mom would get really mad about the stain on her new carpet.
3. Nick Offerman
As you watch Nick Offerman drink whiskey over the course of 10 hours, your emotions shift from happy to suspicious to scared to joyful to merry and back to happy. And his expression doesn’t change. Shame. We really thought he’d pass the Turing test.
4. Arguing Family
If you can’t make it home for Christmas, this lovely fireplace is accompanied by relatives arguing in the background. It’s sure to warm your heart and raise your blood pressure. And, if you’re going away for the holidays, play this video on a loop at your house so burglars think someone is home.
5. Hallmark’s Happy Fireplace
Need to escape actual family drama? Lock yourself in your room with Happy the cat and Happy the dog as they lounge around a fireplace for three hours. We like to think there heartwarming background music is performed by a live studio orchestra in the studio. Made of dogs and cats, of course!
6. MST3K Yule Log
We shouldn’t complain, but the Mystery Science Theater 3000 Yule Log needs more jokes and more commentary. This is like going to a Gotye concert and he doesn’t play “Somebody That I Used to Know.”
7. Doctor Who Yule Log
For Doctor Who fans only, this computer generated take on the Yule Log — complete with the Tardis garland — brings nerdy fun to Christmas festivities. Thank goodness no one invited the Daleks this year.
8. Cannabis Yule Log
Need some medicinal help to get you through the holidays? Relax with a weed-inspired Yule log that will make you and your friends settle down for a long winter’s nap.
9. Anthropologie Yule Log
Class up your Christmas with gifts from Goop and a tastefully decorated fireplace from Anthropologie. Wait, why are there candles on the floor next to the fireplace? Get ready to spend the next 45 minutes worrying that the candles will fall over. We did.
10. Pokemon Yule Log
What’s missing from all the other videos on this list? Pixels! This Pokémon-inspired video is perfect for those too tired to look for Pikachu. Hint: He’s near the Christmas cookies.
11. Krispy Kreme Happy Holiglazer
A waterfall of sugary glaze cascades down onto donuts (and other treats) in Krispy Kreme‘s two-hour masterpiece that’s better and more satisfying than Citizen Kane.
12. Laser Yule Log
Not many people know this, but the Christmas tradition of robots holding flammable objects in front of a high-powered laser was first popularized by Charles Dickens in A Christmas Carol. The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come mentions it briefly.
13. Disney Yule Log
Since Disney owns everything else — Star Wars, ESPN, our hearts — why not giving them ownership over the elemental force of fire? What could possibly go wrong?
14. California Milk Cheese Log
Watch this hour-long video of melting cheese on any other day and you’d be crazy. Watch it on Christmas and you’re… less crazy? It’s Christmas! Do what you want! Like bring a dead tree into your living room for three weeks!
15. Classic Fireplace
With nearly 13 million views, this 10 hour video is the king of online fireplace Yule Logs. Released in 2016, the iconic YouTube fireplace is the friend who is always there for you. Even on Christmas, even after your aunt drunkenly yelled about politics at the dinner table, it will be there for you.
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