Yule log fire YouTube Daniel Tillotson

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This huge crowd goes completely bonkers when a Yule log is added to the Christmas fire

This will make you feel good—and make you laugh.


Josh Katzowitz

Internet Culture

Posted on Dec 25, 2019   Updated on May 19, 2021, 7:34 pm CDT

If you’ve ever watched a recording of a Yule log burning on Christmas, you know that it’s basically a neverending video of festive orange flames, delicious crackling noises, and hearty holiday tunes from the likes of Michael Buble and Bing Crosby. It sets the right tone for your holiday parties. It sets the right mood for your holiday spirit. And if you don’t have an actual fireplace in your home, the Yule log loop gives you exactly what you need, minus the warmth.

You just press play on a Yule log YouTube video or you click on the proper TV channel, and watch your world go from ordinary to merry in next to no time. Here’s one example.

But in case you’ve never watched the Yule log burn for hours at a time, there comes a moment when some anonymous person’s hand has to take action to keep the fire stoked and blazing

Somebody has to add a log at some point—and apparently, it’s all right there in the recording.

Which leads us to this clever YouTube video by Daniel Tillotson. The video is titled “When the guy adds a log to the fire channel,” and it’s hilarious. Set inside a sports bar where people originally were watching an apparently important soccer game, Tillotson manipulates the video to show those fans going bananas when the Yule log is added to the fire.

As Tillotson wrote on the YouTube description. “Merry Shitpostmas! I spent 16 hours making this so please enjoy.”

Hands are raised in triumph, people are jumping in ecstasy, beer is sprayed everywhere. It’s quite a scene, and even if it’s not exactly a real moment, it’s also the best kind of moment, where the absurd can send us into hysterics and where a Yule log can conjure up intense emotion. It is, after all, what the holidays are all about.


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*First Published: Dec 25, 2019, 9:49 am CST