#trendingnyc: The Week on Twitter

There was a day, perhaps, a few short years ago, when some Christmas traditionalists might have shunned the annual broadcast of “The Yule Log,” whose flames and seasonal soundtrack have for decades entranced New Yorkers with good cheer, if not warmth.

But as Christmas arrived last week, the program seemed to resonate with an unlikely bunch of enthusiasts: the city’s Twitter users, often as restless and cynical as “The Yule Log” is cheery and monotonous.

They reminded one another to tune in, noting that the spectacle was available “on demand.” Boomer Esiason, the former New York Jets quarterback, wondered if the show could “get any better” in 3D. And College Humor’s Amir Blumenfeld took special precautions to ensure he did not miss a moment:

@jakeandamir Amir Blumenfeld

DVR-ing the end of Christmas Yule Log on TV. Nobody tell me how it ends. (I left at the part where the Yule Log was burning.)

Sun Dec 25 19:31:30 via Amir Blumenfeld

Some also reflected on their pilgrimages to midnight Mass, where one local comedian found inspiration. @KevinMcCaff wrote:

@KevinMcCaff Kevin McCaffrey

If I could stretch material like the priest doing midnight mass in Hinsdale, IL tonight, I’d have about 12 one-hour specials by now

Sun Dec 25 8:45:58 via Kevin McCaffrey

As Christmas passed, some residents turned to Boxing Day as a suitable follow-up. @twoheadedbah joked that he was “sick and tired” of the ubiquitous “Boxing Day music.” @MykeCole urged followers not to spoil his blissful ignorance of the day’s meaning, writing:

@MykeCole Myke Cole

Happy Boxing Day! I have no idea what this holiday is. Please don’t ruin it by telling me, because my current guess involves a kangaroo.

Mon Dec 26 12:35:00 via Myke Cole

Many users wrote about the year that was, writing posts with hashtags like #BestMemoryof2011, #WorstMemoryof2011, #Rewind2011 and #2011RemindedMe. Recalling the year’s deluge of extreme weather, @JesseAosta wrote:

The week also produced a spate of New Year’s resolutions. Users aspired to lose weight, buy American and get into a bar fight (they also, in great numbers, lobbied for Justin Bieber to win a Grammy Award). @ohquarrie focused her attention on her reading habits, posting:

Finally, as New Yorkers discussed arrangements for New Year’s Eve itself, one of the city’s most famous natives — and perhaps Twitter’s reigning queen — announced her plans. “I’m so looking forward to performing on NYE+dropping the Ball with Mayor Bloomberg!” @ladygaga wrote. “What an honor as a New Yorker!”

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