15. The Yule Log is Part of Old Winter Solstice Traditions
Yule logs, once a key element in winter solstice celebrations, took a turn for the modern when Americans brought them to the TV screen. In 1966, WPIX-TV in New York City aired a 17-second loop of a crackling fireplace for three hours with festive music, creating a cozy holiday ambiance in homes.
This broadcast evolved with better production and became a nearly 20-year tradition. Now, the Yule log has adapted to the digital age, available on demand and online, allowing viewers to enjoy this warm, festive tradition with the click of a button.