About this time last year, the hubs and I were at his family reunion. When the sun set, the party moved to the back of his parents farm for a bonfire. This was definitely not your run-of-the-mill fire. My father-in-law set aside a massive pile of brush and hubs didn’t hesitate to torch it. Being the city girl that I am, I was pretty concerned that Smoky the Bear might show up and haul us off for setting the whole county on fire. But despite me having Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire” stuck in my head for the next couple days, everything ended up being just fine and everyone enjoyed watching the flames dance throughout the night.
Since the weather has turned a little crisper and the leaves are starting to change here in KY, I have found myself wanting to sit in front of a fire. Our home does not have a fireplace, so periodically we will switch on the TV and go to the Insight channel that provides an image of moving flames and the crackling noise you would hear from a real fire. I know it’s not nearly the same thing, but it feels pretty close when I curl up on the couch and read.
Beyond warmth, I think we can get so much benefit out of fireplaces. Their mantles provide the perfect spot to display prized possessions. At Christmas, our stocking can be hung there awaiting Santa’s goodies. A raised hearth provides a stage for the child in your family who loves to entertain. (I speak from experience on that one. As a child would always stand on the hearth to sing and dance for my aunts, uncles and grandparents.) If your fireplace doesn’t work or you choose not to operate it, you have the opportunity to fill it will beautiful decor (like this photo I found on Pinterest). The pumpkins spilling out create the perfect Fall ambience!
Whether it houses a fire on a chilly night, your family portrait or your seasonal decor, be creative with enjoying your fireplace and all that it offers.