Saturday, December 24, 2011

The Yule Log

by Lorna Barrett / Lorraine Bartlett / L.L. Bartlett

Years ago, our cable company included WPIX from New York as one of our channels.  Every Christmas Eve they ran The Yule Log . . . an endless video of a crackling fireplace with cheesy holiday music playing in the background.

Because there was nothing else on TV to watch, and we almost NEVER turned off the TV once it was on for the day ... we had it on in the background.  Like millions of other people, we sucked it up like a milkshake through a straw.  (Read about the history of the yule log here.)

Well, it's been a long time since we got that channel.  I'm a grown up now ... have a home of my own (albeit without a fireplace).  And guess what?  I have a DVD of the Yule Log.  Today is Christmas Eve and we're going to go down to our pub, turn on the TV and DVD player and have the Yule Log playing in the background while we raise a glass or two, eat our roasted chestnuts (done in the oven, not on an open fire), and sit back with our three cats and read.  (I'll be reading holiday magazines or a cookbook, while Mr. L reads ... something else.)

Will this become a tradition?  I don't know.  We'll have to see how it goes.

How will you spend Christmas Eve?