Adding the Smells of Christmas to a Home
You can make Christmas time more memorable by adding the smells of Christmas to your home. Pine, spices, baked goods,there are many scents that are associated with the holiday season. You don’t need to spend a fortune to make your home an olfactory delight; in fact, many of the things that you will need to bring the scents of the season into your home are likely already in your kitchen cupboard or can be purchased at your local grocery.
Homemade Pine Fragrance
The best way to make you home small like pine if you have an artificial tree: Wrap an empty coffee tin or other large tin with Christmas wrapping paper or burlap. Tie a coordinating ribbon around the tin, and fill it with pine or spruce boughs (available at most discount stores in the home section during the holidays). Place the tin on the floor, and water the branches regularly to keep them fresh. This will add the smell of pine to your home, even if you don’t have a live Christmas tree. You might also decorate the boughs with small ornaments, ribbons, dried cranberries, or other items.
You can make your own holiday scented sachets to please the senses during this special time of year. Start with a six-inch square of cotton Christmas themed fabric. Add some vanilla beans, whole nutmeg, whole cloves and cinnamon sticks to the fabric’s center and then tie with a length of coordinating ribbon. Add a longer ribbon to make a sachet doorknob hanger that will release scent each time a door is opened or closed. Place these sachets in bedrooms, bathrooms, and the family room to bring beautiful holiday scents to every corner of your home. Scented sachets might also be hung from the Christmas tree as ornaments.
You can also create a beautiful holiday centerpiece that will release aromatic holiday scents in whatever room that you choose to use it. Stud pomegranates or oranges with whole cloves and arrange them in a clear glass bowl. This type of centerpiece will last around two weeks. You might also arrange whole nutmeg and whole cloves, vanilla beans, cinnamon sticks and strips of orange peel throughout the bowl as well, and then tie a ribbon around the bowl or place a bow inside the bowl for an even greater aromatic and aesthetic appeal.
Fireplace Air Freshener
You can diffuse the smells of Christmas throughout your home by tossing a handful of spices directly onto the fire in your fireplace or wood stove. Spices to use – whole nutmeg, whole cloves, vanilla beans, and cinnamon sticks. You can simmer these same spices in a pot of water on your stove to make the kitchen and surrounding areas smell like Christmas during holiday gatherings.
Scented Candles and Sprays
You can purchase a variety of holiday scents as candles, candle oils, scented oils, sprays, room mists, and other products. Choose scents like peppermint, vanilla, cinnamon, apple, pine, cookie dough or other “baked” scents for the most authentic Christmas smells for your home.
Don’t overlook the most natural way to add the scents of the holidays to your home – making lots of homemade goodies in your own oven.
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