Fireplaces - the secret to a better Thanksgiving and other winter holidays

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA

It's getting cold outside!  I just took this photo this morning of my frosty willow.

C_crystals on willow


This time of year makes me feel like staying inside and starting up the fireplace.  And with Thanksgiving just around the corner, even more so.


But even though Thanksgiving and other winter holidays are something I look forward to, there is also that innate dread that washes over me at times, and that dread is usually spelled R-E-L-A-T-I-V-E-S.  

We all have THOSE relatives.  You know, the ones that love to start family drama at the table, or the ones laying drunk under the table, or the ones dancing on top of the table?


So how can  fireplace end the table antics and other bad behaviors?

  1. Fireplaces create instant ambiance.  It sets the tone for a quiet and relaxing celebration.
  2. Fireplaces keep people calm.  The soothing waves of the flames can be mesmerizing.  Sit your rowdy relatives in front of the fire for a few minutes and watch the magic happen as they become glued to the fireplace.
  3. Fireplaces, especially combined with turkey, makes people sleepy and less likely to start a fuss.  Think of it as the natural way to tranquilize your relatives.


Wait, what?!  You don't have a fireplace?  

But what if you don't have a fireplace in your home?  Not all homes have fireplaces here in Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater, Washington.  (You'd think with our rainy weather, it would be a building code to have a fireplace!)

If you are fireplace-less but want to have sane winter holidays, search here for homes that DO have fireplaces.  Maybe it's time for you to enjoy this winter with a home that has your own cozy fireplace.

If I can be of service to you in finding your next home with a fireplace or whatever feature is important to you, I'm just a click away!


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Francine Viola, Realtor
In Tune with your Real Estate Needs


Serving Buyers and Sellers in Olympia, Tumwater, Lacey and Thurston County, WA

Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Inc.  |  Olympia, WA


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Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ

Francine you had me laughing on this one!  Oh yes there were a few times in years past when some of us thought - seriously - you're need to create yet more drama - NOW?  Give it a break and just enjoy the fire - love it!

Nov 20, 2015 04:29 AM #1
Francine Viola
Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA - Olympia, WA
REALTOR®, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs

Hi Anna Banana Kruchten - I'm glad you appreciate the humor!  Happy holidays!

Nov 21, 2015 08:41 AM #2
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Having a fireplace adds to the enjoyment of your home on the chilly days of fall.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Nov 24, 2015 03:07 AM #3
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Francine, it has been a VERY cold week in Denver with snow and temps below 20, so my fireplace has been going a lot! 

Nov 29, 2015 10:06 PM #4
Francine Viola
Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA - Olympia, WA
REALTOR®, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs

Hi Joan- we had a cold snap too, but now we are back to our rain and temps in the 40s!

Nov 30, 2015 07:29 AM #5
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

We all have those relatives, but if a fireplace can make all the drama go away, then let's have fireplaces in every home! LOL I'm sure in your Olympia, WA location, it should be considered a necessity. :)

Nov 30, 2015 09:01 AM #6
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Francine - I love the fireplace in the cold weather.  In addition, it give so much atmosphere to the room.

Nov 30, 2015 10:55 AM #7
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