Your house is probably already overflowing with the sights (i.e. decorations) and sounds (a la Jingle Bells on loop) of Christmas, but what about the smells? Surprisingly enough, scent is the sense most closely related to memory, far more than sight, touch, or sound. So don’t deny your nose the simple joys of Christmas this season and prepare to make memories your family will remember for years to come.
Add real greenery to your decor.
Especially if you don’t have a real tree in your home, you’re probably in need of some serious earthly scents. A traditional Christmas centerpiece will do a lot more than just look beautiful on your dinner table, it will fill the room with the sweet smells of fir and cedar.
More times than not, you’ll find a wreath hanging on someone’s front door during the holidays. While we’ll never deny the beauty of a wreath at your entryway, there are a surprising number of places homeowners have yet to take advantage of when it comes to decorating with wreaths. From your bedroom window to a lamp skirt, wreaths can be incorporated into virtually every room of your house. And when your wreath is made with real fir and pine, you get to enjoy its scent just as much as its visual appeal!
Don’t underestimate the power of candles.
What’s not to love about candles? They smell amazing, fill your house with a warm glow, and manage to bring everyone in a room together. Sure, you can stick with your favorite spruce candle all season, but with only a few weeks to take advantage of the Christmas scents we love, why not mix it up with a new candle every few days?
Deck the halls with flowers.
Modeled after everyone’s favorite Christmas tree decoration and holiday treat, the candy cane, peppermint-inspired bouquets light up a room with their pure white and deep red petals. Full disclosure — these blooms don’t actually smell like peppermint, but they do still fill the room with the sweet fragrance roses are known for!
Fill the air with scents from the kitchen.
While we’ll never get tired of the natural smell of pine and fir, it doesn’t truly feel like Christmas morning until the smell of freshly made pancakes and scones are wafting from the kitchen. And, of course, don’t forget to add lemon and cranberry curd!
DIY Stove Top Potpourris
While you’re in the kitchen whipping up Christmas breakfast, why not make use of your other burner and “cook up” stove top potpourris? Just throw these ingredients into a small pot of simmering water and in minutes your home will be filled with the sweet scents of the season:
- 1/2 cup of fresh cranberries
- 1/2 orange, sliced thin
- 4 cinnamon sticks, broken in half
- 1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg
While this is one of our favorite recipes, feel free to play around with your favorite fruits and spices!
Now, does anyone else think it’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas?