Yule Log Better in High-Def

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The dangers of excessive exposure to Yule Logs. Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The WPIX Yule Log is scheduled to burn tomorrow morning from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., but you don't have to rely on just the old six-minute loop anymore. Digital technology has improved the quality of televised fires, and the Times's Allesandra Stanley took it upon herself to review several of them this year. We can just imagine Stanley in her apartment, sipping hot cider (soberly — she's working, after all), and debating the merits of Fireplace: Visions of Tranquility over Happy Holiday Hearth. Stanley is enthusiastic about Yule a Go-Go even though the burlesque dancers get in the way of the roaring fire. Ambient Fire, with its lengthy menu of fireplace images (choose among "just logs" and "just flames") is her top pick. But, as usual, we are outdone by our neighbors to the north, according to Canadian who commented on the story. "Here in Vancouver," she writes, "we've had the Holiday Fireplace playing on a local cable channel (in both high and standard definition), 24/7 since the beginning of the month."

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