I know it’s holiday time when two things happen in my house. First, the HVAC heat pump has been switched over to heat for the first time of the season. Secondly, Thanksgiving and Christmas appear to have thrown up all over my house. It would be one thing if there were some cornucopias and pumpkins followed by a reindeer welcome mat. But no, it just descends all at once. It can be quite overwhelming for the holiday averse. Then there are the candles. I’m not talking about a 3 candle centerpiece for the dining room table. It’s more like a monastery on Christmas Eve. They are in every bathroom, every bedroom and along any accommodating flat surface. I found 4 in the laundry room. And each year, more appear. At first, there were maybe a dozen candles. But then the count quickly rose to over 30. This was a tipping point of sorts. There was so much burnt wax in the air, the HVAC suffered. For truth, the paraffin wax volume was so great, it clogged the air filter. I remember the first time I discovered this phenomena. It seemed as though the HVAC just would not stop running. So, I did the cursory checks every homeowner does. When I got to the air filter, I was stunned to find the bottom side completely glazed over with sooty wax. The HVAC simply couldn’t breathe. So, I guess there are really three things that happen in my house to alert me the holidays’ arrival. The third thing being me buying a new case of air filters to change every 10 days or so. Any wonder why my favorite holiday is 4th of July?