Last winter, out heating system failed around Christmas. We were all planning on gathering the family at my house that year. Usually, we would celebrate at my parents house but my husband and I had just purchased our first home. The house would be perfect for hosting our traditional family Christmas dinner. Days before Christmas, our heating system went out. We were rushing around town to find any HVAC repair shop that was open and could help repair our heater. We had no luck. We decided that we would be able to use our fireplace to keep the house warm. In preparation for our family to come over for the holiday, we had to stock up on plenty of firewood for the fireplace. We also purchased a portable electric heater for the bathrooms. We had no complaints about out heating system being broken during the holidays! We were very happy to spend our first Christmas in our new home around our loved ones. It was only a day after Christmas that we were able to get an HVAC technician out to take a look at our system. It was a quick fix and it was not as costly as we imagined. Afterwards, we decided to utilize the fireplace instead of turning the heat on. This way is much more energy efficient. We also enjoy sleeping with the fan on and the window cracked, so it’s not like we would be freezing. It was a great Christmas for everyone and we plan on doing it again next year!