Do you have a fireplace and do you use it?

United States
March 13, 2007 12:21am CST
Do you use it on the winter holidays. Do your kids think Santa comes down it?
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31 responses
@beaniegdi (1966)
13 Mar 07
We've always had gas fires but when the children where little we just said santa was magic and it didn't matter about the fire being there as he would still be able to get in.
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• Ireland
13 Mar 07
I always used my fireplace until I moved to my new home. My children always thought that Santa came down the chimney but that is a long time ago now. I never use the fireplace now, instead I use the central heating and I have a log effect elctric stove which makes the room look cosy.
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@kris_02ph (564)
• Philippines
13 Mar 07
Most houses don't have fire place here in the Philippines, mainly because the weather is hot and we don't have winter. Maybe in highlands like in Baguio and Tagaytay, there are fire places, since the temperature there is lower. But during holidays the temperature in our country falls down, so it's cold, but not as cold as winter. And also, since we don't have chimneys and fireplaces, i guess Santa uses the backdoor to enter our houses! hahaha :)
@cassidy22 (2975)
• United States
13 Mar 07
I had one as a kid, but have never had one in a home that I owned. I am hoping our next house as a wood burning stove or a fire place. it would be so nice on cold winter nights to have a fireplace in the house - and to make smores inside!@!@
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@gapeach65 (805)
• United States
13 Mar 07
We have a fireplace that we use all winter, from the first day that it's chilly until the last cold night. The firewood also ends up costing less than our heating bills. My children used to worry that Santa would get burned up by the fire, and they didn't believe that he could magically get passed the fire, so I bought a "Santa key" you can get them through some mail order catalogs, or you could check on ebay. It seemed to do the trick around here, even though I hang it just inside next to the door, they believe Santa can get the key, but no one else can get it or get in with it.
@OURDEW (4812)
• United States
27 Mar 07
No I don't have a firepace. We use to have one, and I miss it.
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• United States
27 Mar 07
When my grandmother passed away we moved into her house. It didn't have a fireplace, but we put a big gas fireplace in. At the time was because Santa needed a place to come down. But, we ended up using it quite a bit. We use it to help keep the heating cost down. We have a electric furnace, at it would cost a bundle to heat with it alone. It was a really good investment.
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• Turkey
27 Mar 07
I had an open fire in my old house, we used to use it all the time when the days and evenings were chilly. It's romantic to have one burning during dinner and watching Tv and an excellant way to save on those heating bills!
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@simplycza (1480)
• Philippines
24 Mar 07
hello, i wish we have but there's no need of a fireplace here in our country.
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@Munira (484)
• United States
24 Mar 07
No. I do not have afireplace at the moment. But, I do miss having a fireplace. It was always the centerpiece for all holiays.
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@youdontsay (3503)
• United States
23 Mar 07
We have two, but this year use neither. When we use the one in the livingroom it makes the basement room smell like smoke. And this year we have a family member living in our basement temporarily. So rather than make them deal with the smell we just don't use it. But I LOVE having a fire in the fireplace in the evenings during cold weather. It is so cozy. However, i've read that burning wood is bad for the environment, so it will be hard for me to make that choice in the future. I try to make "green choices" in order to preserve our environment for the younger generations.
• United States
23 Mar 07
We have a huge fireplace in our great room and used it all winter to warm our house, especially since in the early part we had problems with our house heater. Yes, we told the kids Santa came down the chimney that way I got them to help me clean it out in preparation of his arrival.
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• Philippines
21 Mar 07
No, we dont have a fireplace.. I live in the Philippines which has a tropical climate, so we dont really have a winter season here.. I wish we have one though.. It could have been pretty fun to play in the snow and stuff like that..
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• United States
21 Mar 07
I dont have any kids yet and still live at home with my parents and two sisters. But yes we do have a fireplace. Its nice to have one, and even nicer to not use it. My 20 yr old handicappted sister might get burned on it which is part why we dont use it, and part we have heat to use too. Our house has a fireplace heat and a/c. We are just now getting used to this. Our other house just had a furnance and that was it.
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@cefaz_21 (2597)
• Philippines
21 Mar 07
we don't have it because it's always hot here in our place, but way up north of my country, it can get really cold during Decembers so some houses have fireplace. Last year we went on a retreat to somewhere north (Sagada) and it was cold,we were so excited to use the fireplace, the guys gathered so many logs and we played and actually all slept near the fireplace.
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@wildhorse (1293)
• Egypt
21 Mar 07
No because i live in an apartment, I wish if I had one, it really looks romantic and nice :)
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• Canada
19 Mar 07
We have a lovely wood burning fire place that we use all the time, even in the summer on rainy nights. It not only saves the gas bill but it promptes family time as we do alot of games by the fire and alot of "camp outs" we even roast marshmallows and weiners there for fun.
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@Caila611 (992)
• United States
13 Mar 07
We have three coal burning fireplaces! We can't use them at the moment since they aren't lined. I'm afraid that I would start a chimney fire! The house was built in 1921 and it was empty for quite a while before we bought it. We will be able to use it next winter though when we convert them to wood burning.
@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
13 Mar 07
Our solar and wind powered home has woodstoves for back up heat, to cook on and as a water heater. They are used when necessary. Kids have not thought about Santa for many years. It was fun until they figured it out. So glad I taught them to think for themselves. We have 13 acres of trees we can harvest an acre at time and not touching the first til about 13 years later. However, we have a source of free wood and so use that mostly.
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@ragmama (536)
• United States
13 Mar 07
We do, and we love it - there's nothing like hanging stockings over a real fireplace, and having a fire going on Christmas morning. My daughter doesn't think that Santa comes down the chimney, though - she still remembers our last home, where we didn't have a fireplace and Santa just came through the door. Maybe later on, when she's had time to forget that, we'll mention the fireplace entrance... :)