|This is as close as I could find to the fireplace. THis is what it was supposed to look like, sadly mine was not as good.|
Merry Christmas everybody!!
Sunday, December 24, 2017
Christmas Past Memory
Christmas Past Memory best forgotten
Jimmy of “Jimmys opinion” @ http://jimsop.blogspot.com/ post on his Christmas’s of past years, jogged this memory.
My first home as a young father did not have a fireplace. Growing up we always had a fireplace, and on Christmas we always had stockings hung on the mantle. I wanted to preserve this tradition for my children.
These days you can purchase a fake fireplace and mantle for a few hundred dollars. I don’t think that was an option in the 70’s, but no matter, no way could I have afforded a few hundred dollars those days, even in 1970’s dollars.
I decided to build my own fake fireplace. I wish I had a picture, it was pitiful. Being left-handed (that is my excuse and I’m sticking with it) I have never been any good at carpentry. This fake fireplace probably consisted of five pieces of wood, all carefully measured once and cut twice to create a wobbly crappy fake fireplace when joined with glue and nails. To complete the illusion, I covered the structure with a brick pattern crepe paper.
I pulled this piece of crap out from a filthy crawl space storage area every Christmas for several years. To my former perfectionist wife’s credit, I don’t believe she ever complained or made fun of it. The children, I am sure, did not know any better, to them it must have just been a Christmas tradition for all families to hang stockings on a piece of crap that almost resembled a fireplace.
Eventually we were able to afford a real fireplace with a real mantle and I threw out the piece of crap fake thing. I have since lived in three different homes, and it is a requirement that any home have a genuine fireplace and mantle.