The initial television yule log, according to Wikipedia, aired in 1966 in New York City. They've come a long way since then: There are now entire channels based on festive fireplaces, you can stream them to mobile devices or load them from DVD, or for a twist you can watch Jeff Kaplan sitting in front of one at Blizzard HQ, motionless and unsmiling.

For something even more soothing, this Minecraft fireplace, created by YouTuber Denis, might be just the trick. There's an absence of music, no festive detritus like a tree in the corner or tinsel hanging from the ceiling: It's just an up-close shot of a burning fire, complete with roaring, crackling sound effects and the now and again flying spark that fizzles out in a puff of smoke. Maximize that blazing pit on your big UHD monitor and put it on repeat (right-click the YouTube play button and select "loop" from the pop-up menu), and you're set for the new year.

This is not similar to the official Minecraft Holiday Yule Log, which has been around since 2016. It's a more elaborate production, with a pulled-back view of a fireplace in a rustic room replete with gifts and decorations; snow is falling outside, and occasionally someone will wander across the screen. There's nothing quite like snuggling up close to a scintillating fire to conjure up those old-fashioned holiday feelings.

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