Yule Log videos have been around since 1966 when a local New York City station aired the first episode of Yule Log TV. The idea grew and now Yule Log videos are a Christmas tradition. But if you̵
A Very Whovian Christmas
Love you Doctor who? Of course you do; Doctor Who is fantastic. And as such you will love this Yule Log video from the BBC in the Tardis. We ignore the fact that the stand-in actor for the Doctor is clearly not really Jodie Whittaker, if only because the music sounds like Murray Gold’s work from the 9th to 12th Doctor era.
Keep an eye out for fun little pop-ins from holograms, Tardis ornaments, and even a Tardis train. And the doctor also comes by now and then to check things up. We can only imagine that the four stockings are for Yaz, Graham, Ryan and the doctor himself.
How to Train Your Yule Log Loving Dragon
How to train your dragon got us at least two of Dreamworks’ best animated movies of recent times, and the bittersweet ending in the third movie made up for all the other shortcomings it had. The How to train your dragon Snoggletog Log video combines everything great about the movies with all the things we love about Christmas.
You get fun Christmas music, dragons playing and frolicking, an annoyed sheep and a reward for paying attention to the mutton stew. This is one of the few videos that isn’t just a 10 second loop either; the animators have honestly done their best. That makes it all the better to spend one last time with Toothless, Hiccup and company.
BB-8’s Life Diary Log
On the other hand, sometimes simple is good too. In this case, the Sphero team placed one of its BB-8 replicas in front of a fireplace and just shot it away. You’ll find a bit of looping and various stealth refills of the firelogs here, but it’s still a lot of fun.
That’s mainly because BB-8 was a highlight of the new Star Wars movies, and you can hear all its cute beeps and blips throughout the video. It’s a testament to the toy replica that it’s so much fun to look at when it practically doesn’t do anything. This one gets bonus points for some of the best fire-blasting audio.
A very LEGO Stop Motion Nap log
Okay, honestly – this is probably the least interesting Yule Log video of the bunch. But again, the original Yule Log video was a 17-second loop of videos shown for three hours. The LEGO Yule Log is pretty crazy too (pun intended), and maybe it’s closer to the original thing.
Yet it is LEGO and it is stop motion. You get some fun moments with a cat and the fire animation is beautiful. It’s hard to ask for much more. The LEGO Yule Log video is also the next best choice if you don’t want festive music.
Sauron’s eye sees you when you sleep
… And it knows when you are awake. Here’s another simple, yet purely nerdy Yule Log video. Only there is no Christmas log to be found. Instead, you stare into Sauron’s eye for five hours. It’s something only a true Tolkien geek can love.
Again, not much is happening here, and that’s the great thing. It also pulls out the LEGO Yule log for a no-music pick. Just because despite a lack of fire in the video, it better pops and hisses from the fireplace.
You are a Yule Log Harry Potter!
You can’t have a geeky list without a little bit of Harry Potter. But this Yule Log video stands out because it looks like a miniature set. The video continues and the fire shows that it is multiple videos joined together. But it’s a nice subtle entry that won’t ask too much of you.
Unless you want to play the Harry Potter memorabilia. Whether it’s house symbols, references to the Hogwarts train station, or the occasional burst of floo powder, there’s a lot of “find the reference” here.
A man is drinking a whiskey, no words needed
It may stretch the term “nerd” a bit, but there’s something wonderful about Nick Offerman’s video and Lagavulin’s Yule Log. Calls from Ron Swanson out Park and RecOfferman just sits in a chair by the fire for 45 minutes.
No chitchat, no talking, no whining. Now and then a sip of whiskey and the intense burning eyes of the man himself. In some ways this is the most impressive video as Offerman is a real human, no CGI effect, cartoon and not even a loop video like the other entries here. He takes his time and drinks a glass of Lagavulin during the 45 minute video. And despite its simplicity, I say this is the best entry on the list. We’ve added the ten hour loop version for fun, but you can find the original here.
But of course there are many more you can watch, especially if you want fan-made videos. Solid options include the Darth Vader burns input or a simple Animal Crossing-style video. And if you have Disney +, check out the Frozen-themed video. Whatever you choose, a Merry Christmas from everyone at Review Geek.