Why I’m Adding Holiday Smells to My Holiday Decorations
What smells do you associate with the holidays?
Posted Dec 11, 2012
It struck me: I’ve done a lot of holiday decorating, but we don’t have any holiday smells.
Because it’s so hard to deal with a real tree in a New York City apartment, and because we always spend a week at my parents’ house at Christmas–where my mother puts up the largest and most gorgeous display of holiday decorations you’ve ever seen–we don’t put up a live tree. We use a small grove of tabletop, goose-feather trees to show off our ornaments. I’ve been collecting one ornament a year since I was a baby, and my girls have, too, so we have quite a few.
But an artificial tree doesn’t have a smell.
My walk this morning inspired me to add olfactory decorations to enhance our visual decorations.
To create a holiday feeling, I want to add the smell of pine tree, paper-white narcissus, and wood smoke. I can’t buy the wood smoke, but I can buy a wreath and a bowl of paper-whites. Their fragrance would add a lot to the holiday spirit of our home.
However, I know myself. I say that I would love to do this, but as an under-buyer, it’s hard for me to buy such things–especially things that don’t last. Can I really get myself to do it? I’m really going to push myself this year. I’ll report back!
What smells do you associate with the holidays? Do you take steps to make sure that that smell is part of the holiday experience? Boy, I wish there were a nicer word for “smell.”