Your Moment of Christmas Zen: Streams of Fire!

Once upon a time it was a Christmas tradition for your local PBS or public access station to turn their channel into a virtual fireplace on Christmas Eve, showing nothing but a crackling fire, perhaps accompanied by Christmas chorales or instrument carols.

The virtual fireplace was duly picked up by VHS, DVD, and Blu-ray, and can now be found on streaming services and Cable On Demand, which offers your choice of fires along with various holiday scenes, basically a still life in motion, with various soundtracks.

So if your home lacks the old world technology for an actual blaze, use your screen to set the mood for Christmas Eve festivities. Here are a few choice streams.

Netflix has flames in high-def:
Fireplace 4K: Classic Crackling Fireplace from Fireplace for Your Home (60 mins)
Fireplace 4K: Crackling Birchwood from Fireplace for Your Home (60 mins)

Amazon Prime:
Fireplace for you Home (60 mins)
Merry Yule Log (60 mins)
Yuletide Fireplace in a box (for pre-HD, non-widescreen sets, 55 mins)

Cable On Demand:
Yule Log and other holiday scenes

And for something a little more inventive, try Nick Offerman’s Yule Log, streaming on YouTube (45 mins).

Or just keep the home fires burning right here.

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About Sean Axmaker

Sean Axmaker is a contributing writer for Turner Classic Movies Online, The Seattle Weekly, Keyframe, and Cinephiled, and the editor of Parallax View ( He was a film critic for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer for nine years and a longtime home video columnist for IMDb and MSN Movies, and his work has appeared in Indiewire,, The Stranger, Senses of Cinema, Asian Cult Cinema, Filmfax, Psychotronic Video, and "The Scarecrow Video Guide." You can find links to all of this and more on his shamelessly self-promoting blog at

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