Four hours of a Yuletide fire, accompanied by some of the popular Christmas music of 1966. Not much of a plot, but great for a quiet Christmas evening.




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A burning yule log fireplace accompanied by a soundtrack of Christmas songs performed by Percy Faith, Fred Waring & The Pennsylvanians, Frank Sinatra, Lena Horne, Ed Ames, Arthur Fiedler & The Boston Pops, David Rose, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Harry Simeone Chorale, Frank DeVol & The Rainbow Strings, Henry Mancini, Ray Conniff, Robert Shaw Chorale, Mantovani, Living Strings, Al Hirt, The Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra, Eddie Dunstedter, The Norman Luboff Choir, The Pete King Chorale and Andre Kostelanetz. Written by Anonymous

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Family | Music





Release Date:

24 December 1966 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The WPIX Yule Log  »

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1.33 : 1
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The film was originally a seventeen-second loop (expanded to six and a half minutes after 1970) except for half-hour intervals (and the start and end) when the camera pulls in and out for long shots shown over two hours. See more »


Spoofed in Howard Stern on Demand: Hi Pitch Yule Log (2006) See more »

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It has JUMPED THE SHARK!!! (but I love it anyway)
22 July 2006 | by (Philadelphia) – See all my reviews

Who couldn't love it? Some guy in the tech room at Channel 11 decides that he's going to show footage of a fireplace for four hours on Christmas Eve, repeated on Christmas morning, and accompany it with Christmas music. Throw in a stereo simulcast on FM radio, and you have a can't-miss hit. New York cavedwellers could at least get the FEEL of a nice Christmas fire.

Still, the show jumped the shark when they replaced the original 17-second footage from Gracie Mansion with a seven-minute reel shot in California ON THE FOURTH OF JULY! We have "same character, different actor" for the log, and, like on I Love Lucy, they jumped the shark again when they moved from NY to CA. All that is missing is to add Ted McGinley as the narrator!! Finally, the show jumped the shark as CSI did when it syndicated to other cities, including those where most people own homes and have access to fireplaces.

Don't get me wrong: I love the log, and back in the pre-internet, pre-cable (for most of us) days, it was a big event in New York and very often has won its time slot. Its beauty is in its simplicity, and it never grows old or tired. It also ensures that its younger audience will get exposed to the marvelous sounds of Christmas as sung by Percy Faith. Come to think of it, "The Christmas Song" also jumped the shark because it was recorded on a 100-degree day in the middle of summer, when the artist and crew tried to drum up "cool" imagery in an attempt to beat the heat.

Long live the log!

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