How have campfires enriched your cultural traditions? I remember that long ago (I am so old, now!), as I was growing up, bonfires on the beach were a well-established practice. Now, they are illegal. Extending the light of the day after a glorious sunset was bonding experience for teenagers, families, groups. I also remember going to Girls' Camp in the LDS church. Our campfire was the connection that drew us into a circle of hopes, fears, and love.
Now, can you think of other lights that gather and warm your heart, that promote the exercise of imagination and the pull of gathering? A fireplace is still a good thing in the homes of those who live in Northwest Florida. Our homes get cold in the winter, believe it or not; some tease that we are really in Southeast Alabama. Our winter was extremely cold.
Whether you have a fire pit or a fireplace or only hold candles--tell the tales of your ancestors, tell your stories. Reflect the light of those who went before and draw closer to family members and friends in the cold months ahead.