What Does the Phrase “Family Circle” Mean and Where Did it Come From?

When the early Normans brought fire indoors they built semicircular open fireplaces.

To keep warm at night or when the air was cool, the family would sit in a semicircle opposite the one formed by the hearth, creating a complete circle where they would spend time telling stories or singing songs within what they called the “family circle.”

When neighbors were included, it became “a circle of friends.”

what does the phrase family circle mean and where did it come from
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