With Christmas around the corner, I am getting happy for the season.
But every year our parents host dinner at their home.
This means all our siblings as well as our cousins and their youngsters will gather to celebrate the holiday. There will be over 12 people in the house, and it will be noisy and chaotic, however our parents actually really enjoy it. They love having their grandkids running throughout the lake house on Christmas morning and they love it when the two of us light the fireplace and kneel around it while we watch the youngsters open their gifts. Sitting by the fireplace has become a yearly tradition for us, and it is something that we all look forward to. I enjoy hearing the crackling of the flames and I love the warm and cozy feeling I get while standing in front of it. It’s a wood burning fireplace, so our siblings and father make sure that it is clean before they light it. And honestly, our parents rarely use the fireplace when they are home. They use it twice per year, once for Thanksgiving and the other for Christmas. So, the fireplace isn’t filthy or filled with soot or buildup, however they love to be safe and will wipe it out before and after each use. They also check the chimney and the cap to make sure neither of them have any problems. Once they are done checking it out they will light the fireplace so that the two of us can enjoy it. And while the fireplace adds ambiance to the home, it is also a source of heat. When the two of us have it lit, we consistently adjust the temperature on the temperature control. I am looking forward to standing around the fireplace again this coming year.