With Christmas around the corner, I am getting excited for the season.
- Every year, my parents host dinner at their home.
This means, all my brothers and sisters as well as their kids will gather to celebrate the holiday. There will be over 10 people in the house, and it will be noisy and chaotic, but my parents absolutely love it. They love having their grandkids running throughout the house on Christmas morning and they love it when we light the fireplace and sit around it while we watch the kids 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 sitting in front of it. It’s a wood burning fireplace, so my brothers and father make sure that it is clean before they light it. And honestly, my parents barely 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, but they like to be safe and will clean it out before and after each use. They also check the chimney as well as the cap to make sure neither of them have any damages. Once they are done checking they will light the fireplace so that we can enjoy it. While the fireplace adds ambiance to the home, it is also a source for heat. When we have it lit, we always adjust the temperature on the thermostat. I am looking forward to sitting around the fireplace again this year.