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April 7, 2015

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire
Jack Frost nibbling at your nose
~ Bob Wells/Mel Torné (Nat King Cole, The Christmas Song)

Human use of fire brought us cooked food, products such as soaps, and increased opportunities to survive in certain environments. We tamed it into heating oil and gas, electricity and kerosene, to the point that we often forget about the source and its value.

Now we use fire to provide atmosphere through candlelights or hearth fires. We build campfires to make s’mores or provide a festive mood. Certain religious ceremonies include burning candles or incense.

Primitive, atmospheric. Secular, religious. Survival, frivolous.

What is your favorite song to sing around the campfire?


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  1. Cathy Ahern permalink

    Favorite campfire song is “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” we always had fun with that one. I love to sing so the campfire songs could last for hours. Thank you for reminding me of that fond memory.

    • Cathy, you may enjoy the sing-along group that meets in West Hartford at the Unitarian Church on the second Saturday of the month!

  2. Thanks Beth … actually was around a camp fire a few weeks back when we were in the bush. A lovely woman and her guitar got us all going .. I’m sure ‘I’m leaving on jet plane …’ was one of them. Many favourite golden oldies ..
    What is s’mores?

    • Ah, Susan, maybe you call them something else… S’mores=graham crackers with toasted marshmallow and a square of chocolate.
      Glad you had a recent campfire experience…something about the wide open sky and singing…

  3. O my, sounds DELICIOUS! I am starving – on soup for next several days because of dental surgery, major-ish, yesterday. My stomach is growling! I know graham crackers ..

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