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12/29/12 10:20 am

What's with the cluster of states in the north without fireplaces?....

mrcoyote Casa Grande
12/28/12 4:10 am


susanr Colorado
12/26/12 9:58 pm

Neither am I, but my apartment complex (which is by no means luxurious) has fireplaces in many of their units, including mine. I don't use it, though.

12/26/12 8:29 pm

yes, which is weird because we live in Florida, and we've never actually needed it...

lilraerae Tuscaloosa
12/26/12 6:01 pm

You don't have to be a millionaire to have a fireplace. My house used to be a trailer and my dad slowly added rooms and a fireplace. We are low income.

12/26/12 5:11 pm

I do now! My husband bought me an electric fireplace for Christmas! Love it.

12/26/12 1:59 pm

Thanks to Santa I have a small fireplace that burns the cans of gel fuel. Live in condo with no other options! Ambiance, a little bit of heat with crackling sounds and not much mess! Works for me.

moonshot More often I know nothing
12/26/12 1:10 pm

Had one at our last two homes and hardly ever used them. We designed our current home from scratch and purposely omitted the real wood fireplace. We have two gas inserts instead, one in the family room and one in the master bedroom. Much better for us!

cowboy Proud Father
12/26/12 10:35 am

No. I'm not a millionaire.

12/26/12 9:34 am

Yes but it's not a real fireplace. It's just for decoration and we never use the heating system that it's Hooked up to

susanr Colorado
12/26/12 9:23 am

Do you get your chimney professionally cleaned? Are you sure the damper is open?

Happy Hong Kong
12/26/12 1:44 am

5 and we use them all the time.

12/26/12 1:19 am

"burnin down the house"

emsies Seattle
12/25/12 11:43 pm

Yes, but it sucks. Last time we lit a fire in it I got a coughing attack from all the smoke.

susanr Colorado
12/25/12 9:42 pm

Style manuals usually suggest not using it in FORMAL writing. But note this, from Wikipedia: "The Christian Writer's Manual of Style, while acknowledging the ancient and respectful use of "Xmas" in the past, states that the spelling should never be used in formal writing." CHRISTIAN writers.

susanr Colorado
12/25/12 9:40 pm

That might be some people's interpretation, Col, but it's not correct. I realize that people do disagree about this, but the ORIGIN of "X" to represent Christ RESPECTFULLY is almost exactly 1000 years. The X REPRESENTS the word Christ.

TopsQueen Oregon Coast
12/25/12 9:34 pm

We just got an electric one. I think it's going to save a lot heating costs. We have a Deifel furnace the Mac it's very expensive.

geoag02 Dallas, TX
12/25/12 8:17 pm

I have a fireplace, but find it to be mostly decorative. It only heats the area immediately around it and actually makes other rooms colder as outside air comes in through cracks around doors and windows to replace what is going out the chimney.

12/25/12 7:39 pm

Fireplace is basically just an ornament. Terrible for heating your home. That's why we don't need them.

Comet? Tennessee
12/25/12 6:59 pm must have a bean brain. You are insulting against to Jesus The Christ. "X" covers on "Christ" that mean X rejected Him. This is represented of NOT celebrate to Jesus Our Savior! Leave "Christmas" forever to remember of him a new baby in a manger under a bright star!

arborfamilia on top of the hill
12/25/12 4:33 pm

No fireplace, but we heat almost exclusively with a wood stove in the winter, so, close!

wetheslaves Live each moment fully
12/25/12 4:26 pm

There is nothing like a good hardwood fire. However, it sucks cold air in through leaky windows or doors and ejects hot air out the chimney. The room with the fire is radiantly heated. However, the other rooms can get colder.

jmw7477 Indiana
12/25/12 3:32 pm

No. I had one when I was a kid. I do want to get an electric fireplace soon, though.

susanr Colorado
12/25/12 3:17 pm

Unless they're in northern CA, EarlyBird. I have a friend in Nevada City who hasn't had power for a few days. High is 34 today. Don't know what her main heat source is but I imagine she has a fireplace or, better, a wood stove.

susanr Colorado
12/25/12 3:09 pm

ColStarry, why not? "X" has been used to represent "Christ" since the year 1021 (when it was used by monks) and "Xmas" has been in use, very respectfully, since 1551. Way before the current contention that it's an attempt to "remove Christ from Christmas."

susanr Colorado
12/25/12 2:58 pm

That wouldn't necessarily correlate, because a fireplace isn't the most efficient heating system.

erapenguin In the swamp
12/25/12 1:49 pm

I would expect all the cold states to be saying yes... But I guess heat is overrated.

Bekka Just relaxing...
12/25/12 11:22 am

No. That's why Santa didn't come to my house this morning. :(

Zod Above Pugetropolis
12/25/12 10:33 am

Dryer vent, and if you don't have one of those, he can get in on the WiFi. Santa has magic skills.

12/25/12 9:49 am

Where I used to live there was a fireplace

12/25/12 9:45 am

Just built a faux stone fireplace. Does that count?

Comet? Tennessee
12/25/12 8:01 am

/.*.\ Merry
/.*.*.\ Christmas!
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/.*.*.*.*.*.*.\ (•.•)

FIAT2LUX On Planet Earth
12/25/12 7:08 am

Yes. A 2 Star Gas fireplace that vents into the house. Ultra despicable. We don't even use it because of how bad the odor is.

FIAT2LUX On Planet Earth
12/25/12 7:07 am

@ColStarry consider this. Christ's name in Greek is Χριστός. What does that first letter look like? Hmm. So if you're concerned about taking Christ out of Christmas by saying X-mas, then you have new information in front of you right now.

patjc123 Monmouth County, NJ
12/25/12 7:00 am

Well, I live in New Jersey where it's winter from November to April and I don't have a fireplace. Maybe I should change that...

EarlyBird Portland
12/25/12 6:50 am

Is that a first world problem? ????

EarlyBird Portland
12/25/12 6:49 am

Hopefully, living in CA, you don't need it much.

EarlyBird Portland
12/25/12 6:45 am

Merry Christmas to gonzo and gonzojr!

starry- Merry Christmas to you, your wife and all your children. I hope Santa is good to you this year!

ning99 Neverland
12/25/12 6:41 am

It's gas, but it still counts.

Comet? Tennessee
12/25/12 6:41 am

Yeah, how can Montana, North Dakota, Vernont and Maine people deal to live without fireplaces? Merry Christmas!

Remember, do NOT use the word "X-mas"!

gonzoboy Northern AZ
12/25/12 6:35 am

Merry Christmas @EarlyBird, and to your father!

jimiscott Survivor
12/25/12 6:29 am

Luckily we have a wood splitter.