Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Scent of Christmas

Scents can take us back... to a specific place or time or even person.

I know that I can't walk by a Crabtree and Evelyn without immediately thinking of my grandmother.

And when your sniffer is as strong as mine, the past is always visiting. In fact, I have a tendency to smell smells that nobody else in my family can. And this is really crazy... I dream smell.

So back to the point of this post. The scent of Christmas.

Evergreens, peppermint, a burning fireplace, oranges, Christmas dinner, spices, snow, hot chocolate, baking cookies.

I could keep going, but instead I'll tell you what the scent of Christmas is for me... if you haven't already figured it out by now.

It's a mixture of evergreens, oranges, cinnamon and cloves.

Oh, how I love this scent! I can smell it anytime of the year and it suddenly becomes Christmas time.

So tell me, what does Christmas smell like to you?


tina said...

Oh wow, I'll bet that smells fabulous!

knitterbeader said...

I'm with you on the evergreens-oranges-cinnamon-cloves smell. I can smell it now just thinking about it. I love the little "Cuties" mandarin oranges, and pumpkin pie with the cloves & cinnamon. Have a Merry Christmas Alisa.


Alisa, your photos are beautiful and bring back many fond memories!! Have a very merry Christmas ~ Angela

Marie said...

Merry Christmas Alisa. Scent is a very powerful thing and I have many favourite ones that are associated with some pretty wonderful memories.

natalea said...

I love this post Alisa! and I love the photos...I want to go buy cloves now! The smells that remind me of Christmas are cinnamon and bayberry. And I always make sure that lots of that smell is around during the holidays- it's incredible how smell effects us. They say it is the strongest memory-trigger. I hope you and your sweet family have a beautiful Christmas! xo natalea

Anonymous said...

Alisa, your photos are absolutely beautiful!!! The colors - wow!
Truly Christmasy! I also love those scents at Christmas! Especially the oranges and cloves - it's evocative of Christmases long past in Colonial times. Williamsburg-like!

Thanks for posting these beautiful images.


cindy said...

That is one of my faves as well and always makes me think of Christmas! Beautiful pic!

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