I hope you have managed to hear a great Christmas homily in recent days and that your priest or minister did not disappoint. I have heard (via Youtube) a superb homily from my friend Fr. Alex. You too can share his inspiring reflection at this link:
my word your home
The heart of the home in years past was the hearth.
It was at the hearth that the family gathered for the warmth and light of the flame and the food that was prepared there.
The fire was treated with respect since the same flame which provided energy for the home could just as easily destroy it.