This Christmas, Be Sure To Catch The Latest Episode Of  'The Yule Log'

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Let's face it - Christmas television can get a little boring. How many times can one watch fun movies like Elf, Home Alone and Polar Express? Maybe that's why 'The Yule Log' generates so much excitement each year. After all, what better way to celebrate the season than by watching a warm crackling fire?

This rather imaginative programming was first aired on New York's WPIX on December 24th, 1966. Stuck with an open programming slot created by the sudden cancelation of a Christmas Eve college basketball game, the station's President, Fred Thrower, came up with a brilliant idea. Why not fill the slot with a 'Christmas card' for its viewers. The 'card' comprised of a fireplace complete with a warm crackling fire and Christmas stockings hung on the sides. It was no ordinary fire either, but one that had been warming up Gracie Mansion, the official residence of the city's mayor.

The genius of the 3-hour program was that it comprised of a 17 second scene that was repeated over and over again, with some Christmas music playing in the background. To everyone's utter surprise, the show was a roaring success!

From then on, it became an eagerly awaited annual tradition. Then in 1989, the unthinkable happened - The Yule Log got canceled. However, it was not for lack of fans but because the station found it too expensive to air it without commercials.

But that was not the end. In 2000, New Jersey resident Joe Malzone set up an online petition to bring the show back. The response was so overwhelming, that the station had no choice but to give in. That year, it was the most watched Christmas 'show' in the Metropolitan New York Area and a new 'Yule Log' era was born.

The show's success has resulted in numerous copycats. This year's line up includes hour-long shows by on-demand Internet streaming companies Netflix and Hulu, as well as, one with a My Little Pony theme on the kid-friendly Hub cable channel. And if none of them are good enough for you, there is always YouTube, where numerous parodies have made their appearance. One of the cutest ones features Internet celebrity feline, Lil Bub, who has added her own magic touch by purring the entire time! The best part is that it lasts an entire hour if, you can sit through it!

Happy Viewing and A Very Merry Christmas To All Of You!

Resources: Wired.com, nydaily.com

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  • swagThursday, October 29, 2015 at 6:35 am
    This video is...EPICCCCC!!!!!!!!!!!!
    • fluttershy 2Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 9:14 am
      yay
      • hemmguin
        hemmguinSaturday, February 7, 2015 at 1:12 pm
        so THIS is what the teachers have been showing on the smart boards in the morning. Cool!
        • FalloutsterFriday, January 30, 2015 at 10:54 am
          omg its so cute!.I konw that im normly off with fallout but i couldent resist
          • nikukyu
            nikukyuWednesday, December 17, 2014 at 1:50 am
            The cat is adooooooorable! Love love LOOOOOVE CATS!
            • puglover67
              puglover67Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 12:33 pm
              It's like your own virtual fireplace!!!!
              • analise
                analiseSaturday, December 6, 2014 at 3:03 pm
                The video is a little borrrrrriiiiinnnnnngggggg
                • lex07
                  lex07Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 7:31 pm
                  I know right!!!
                  • owlsarethebest
                    owlsarethebestMonday, December 15, 2014 at 2:42 pm
                    What she said!
                  • analise
                    analiseSaturday, December 6, 2014 at 3:03 pm
                    Lil bub is too cute! #cat person
                  • randomcheergirlMonday, November 3, 2014 at 5:26 am
                    I love Lil Bub it's so cute. But, I'm not going to lie, the article was a little boring.
                    • creativenotepad
                      creativenotepadWednesday, October 29, 2014 at 8:11 am
                      It's LIL BUB!!!!! I met her once :)
                      • sunnyraise
                        sunnyraiseMonday, November 3, 2014 at 6:57 pm
                        lucky!