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?

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Reading Fleece Navidad by Maggie Sefton

Vickie said...

Ever since we found out TBS plays 24 hours of 'A Christmas Story', we have been watching it on Christmas Eve. Today has been playing Christmas CDs and prepping Christmas Eve dinner. The CDs run from Frank Sinatra to 'A Rock-n-Roll Christmas' to A Cajun Christmas to Blues Yule. Having a pretty good day.
After dinner DH will make spiked eggnog for us and non-spiked for Lady K and then we will open our stockings.

Nancy said...

Your Christmas Eve sounds great. I still have little jobs to do in preparation for family coming over tomorrow, mainly because I am a procrastinator. I take little breaks, though. Time for a cup of tea, I think. Merry Christmas!

Victoria – Washington Boudoir Photographer said...

lol,, we have three cats too! No yule log channel for us, its cold enough up in here Washington we have to have a real fireplace, a great place to open gifts from! Merry Christmas!

Aurian said...

O, I would like that for a background! I usually listen to the radio through my computer, but my boyfriend really dislikes Christmas music.

Mina Lobo said...

LOL, I grew up with this in NY (where I still live) and remember finding it weirdly fascinating...some other cable channel offered a (prettier, it must be said) yule log this Christmas and I was so mesmerized by its flames I nearly fell asleep watching it! So I turned to TBS to wake up with "A Christmas Story" instead. Surprisingly, didn't do any reading Christmas Day, though I do have a number of books (and the first two Northanger Abbey comic books!) patiently awaiting my attention...