BB-8 roasting by an open fire...

There have been Yule Log DVDs around for as long as there have been DVD players, but let's face it — they all suck. That's a DVD you have to store all year long that always has the same boring music and the same low-quality video year after year. We can do better! We have the technology! With a Chromecast and a big-screen TV, skip the boring old DVDs and cast one of these excellent Yule Logs instead!

Nick Offerman's Yule Log

You may know Nick Offerman as Ron Swanson from NBC's Parks and Rec. He and Lagavulin got together and produced both a Christmas Eve Yule Log video and a 'New Year's Eve' Countdown that feature Nick Offerman being Nick Offerman, sipping some lovely single-malt scotch, and staring in the general direction of the camera for a ridiculously long amount of time. Each video has its own quirk, but seeing an entire party going on behind the New Year's Eve video, complete with singing and fireworks is pretty ridiculous.

Vader Yule Log

Is this a five-hour video of a son burning his father's dead body? Yes, yes, it is. Is that a really morbid thing to put on your digital fireplace this Christmas? Yes, yes, it is. Is this still a really cool, really nerdy Yule Log?

Why yes, yes, it is.

BB-8 Yule Log

Sphero, makers of the adorable BB-8 toys that we all wanted so badly Christmases past, has released a Yule Log so that we can get nerdy without, y'know, desecrating a corpse (see above). BB-8 moves his head about and chirps happily as he sits warm by the hearth, apparently resting atop a— is that a Wookie pelt?!

Marvel Fireplace Series

Marvel teamed up with Coca-Cola to help put superheroes on your hearth all through the holiday. They have five Yule Log videos from Captain America and Thor to the Guardians of the Galaxy. You even get two lovely views: a more traditional Close Up Yule Log loop or a more detailed home view. Each loop has its own details, sounds, and quirks, from vintage carols on Cap's to technological chirps on Iron Man's.

Hulu's Streaming Wonderland

Where's the meat?

Want to go beyond the fireplace? Hulu is here for you with other cute, festive videos to place on your big screen instead. Watch syrup drip out of a maple tree, Santa get stuck in the chimney, or best of all: watch a gorgeous standing rib roast cook to tender, mouth-watering perfect, in an old-fashioned gas oven, no less.

Hulu's Streaming Wonderland

Google Play Music Chromecast Fireplace Visualizer

Apples roasting on an open fire...

Want a fireplace Yule Log without hearing music you hate? Google Play Music's got you covered. You can make any song a Yule Log with their Chromecast Fireplace Visualizer, which replaced the ultra-zoomed and usually awful album art with a roasting fire. This is a yule log you can use all year round (and I do).

How to enable Google Play Music Chromecast Fireplace Visualizer

Warner Brothers Classic Christmas Yule Log

Don't want to hassle with building a playlist for your log? You just want some holiday songs and a crackling fireplace? Okay. We can do that, too. Warner Brother's two-hour loop is as modern as it is classic, with songs from Michael Buble, Josh Groban, Idina Menzel.

PBS Newshour 4K Yule Log

You don't even want music, just a nice, crisp, crackling fire? PBS has got you covered. No ads, no muss, no fuss. Fine.

Whatever Yule Log you use, have a happy holiday, and celebrate as much or little as you want. Save me a piece of fudge!

4K Fireplace Thunderstorm

There's more to a yule log than just the crackling of a fire, and if you're from a storm-prone area like Texas — or you just really like the sounds of a good thunderstorm — then this yule log is for you. It features a yule log underscored by thunderstorm sounds. This way, you have the sounds of fire and water. Well, and electricity, thanks to the rolling booms of the thunder.

8 Hours of Snow on a Lake

Y'know, you could make a fire in your fireplace or a fire pit outside. You know what you can't make? A snowstorm. As a Texan, one of Christmas's most iconic symbols is a pipe dream unless you want to spend Christmas away from hearth and home. This is a yule log video that features no yule and no log, but it features a Christmas atmosphere we can't recreate outside our doors. I'm dreaming of a White Christmas, just like the ones I'll never know.

Relaxing Sounds of Snow Falling, Wind and Quiet Misty Stream Flowing Near the Forest

This is a long video, and it features a beautiful, misty, snowy sunset, and seven hours of dark windy snowfall. This is a snowy yule log you could start at the beginning of your party, and once the video's dark you know it's time for everyone to head home. This is a feast for the eyes until sundown, and by then, it may have lulled you into a peaceful snowy sleep.

Also, forget rose gold, I want rose snow.

Updated December 2017: We've added some more yule log video cheer for the new holiday season!



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