Contributed by Glenn Pease on Apr 8, 2021
We often see the first Christmas though rose colored glasses tinted by
centuries of tradition. But the plain facts are that Mary and Joseph had a very difficult time
with all the events surrounding that first Christmas.
Approaching the Christmas season in 1972, Fred Putman decided to have a evening in
front of a cozy fire. He used two boxes of matches, one pint of started fluid, and the Sunday
addition of the New York Times, and still could not get the fireplace burning. Bent on
romance by fire-light, he decided