When I was very young, we lived in a house with no central heating. All of the heat came from a wood stove and a fireplace. In the Winter, we spend a great deal of time trying to keep warm around the fireplace. If we went outside to play in the snow, we had to come back in when our feet were frozen and our clothes wet and frozen, to dry out in front of the fire. The world moved at a much slower pace when you had to depend on the heat from an open fire to keep warm.