Television’s Yule Log — a display of a lit fireplace that has been airing during the holiday season for decades — will have company this year, with the debut of the virtual Menorah, reports Deadline.com.
The virtual Menorah will light up on Dec. 16, the first day of Hanukkah, and add another candle for each night of the eight-day holiday, the story reports.
The piece notes: “The original televised Yule Log has been airing on broadcast TV since 1966 — New York’s WPIX created Yule Log and aired it every year on Christmas Eve — sometimes again on Christmas morning — through 1989. The station reshot Yule Log in color in 1970, using a fireplace in a California TV studio that was the spitting image of the Gracie Mansion fireplace. When the station brought back Yule Log in 2001, it was the most-watched program in its time period on Christmas Day in New York — the nation’s largest TV market.”
In more recent years, a high-definition version of the Yule Log aired on in-demand in 2002, and then was added to video-on-demand in 2007. There’s also now a 3D version of the Yule Log.
The Menorah will be available on many cable systems, such as Xfinity, Time Warner Cable and Cablevision, through their on demand systems, the story adds.