Is your life going off the rails on a Christmas train? Would you rather listen to Belphegor than “Silver Bells”? Well, Ozzy Osbourne has you covered. Earlier today, the Prince of Darkness took to Twitter to spread some Christmas cheer and give his fans an early present. He gave the world the Blizzard of Ozzy Yule Log.
Ozzy Osbourne’s Yule Log
It seems like Yule Log videos are everywhere this time of year. If you somehow haven’t seen one, they’re pretty simple. Most Yule Log videos feature a close-up shot of a log burning in a fireplace. The good ones feature the warm crackling sounds of the roaring fire. Some even include a selection of classic Christmas songs. For those without a fireplace, these videos are a great way to add a little extra holiday cheer to your home. Ozzy Osbourne’s Yule Log brings Christmas cheer with a twist.
As the name suggests, this Yule Log replaces Christmas songs with some Ozzy Osbourne classics. The video clocks in at just over an hour and features thirteen tracks from the Prince of Darkness’ expansive catalog. If you feel like you’re going to bark at the moon the next time you hear a Christmas carol but want to celebrate the holiday, this is for you.
The Blizzard of Ozzy Yule Log features fan favorites like “Crazy Train,” “Ultimate Sin,” “No More Tears,” and “Diary of a Madman.” The songs play over a video of a roaring fire in front of Ozzy Osbourne’s classic logo. Every now and then, you can hear the crackling flames. However, Ozzy’s voice and some massive guitar riffs take up most of the sonic space. You won’t hear any complaints from me, though.
What’s the Deal with Yule Logs?
Since Ozzy Osbourne brought it up, let’s talk about Yule Logs. We see videos of them every year. They come up in several Christmas songs and stories. Usually, we just go along with it as part of the tradition, but do you know why they’re part of the holiday?
Well, according to Why Christmas, the custom of burning a Yule Log goes back to before medieval times. Originally, they were part of the ancient Nordic celebration of Yule, their Winter Solstice holiday. This is also why the word “Yule” comes up so often around this time of year.
Back then, the Yule Log was an entire tree. They would carve prayers into the log, bring it into the house, and place the largest end in the fire. Over the next twelve days, they would slowly feed the log into the fire. At the end of the twelfth day, they would take the remainder of the log and save it for next year.
When Yule came back around, families would put the remainder of the previous year’s Log in the hearth and light it. Then, they would use that flame to light the new Yule Log.