Yay! We made it to the day after Thanksgiving. Now the Christmas season officially begins in our house. I absolutely love the excitement and cheer of the Christmas season and all the lovely traditions we’re creating with our children. So why do I insist on waiting until after Thanksgiving to open the Christmas boxes and set up the tree? Because I also love Thanksgiving.
I love savoring each day in November and watching as early fall turns into late fall. I don’t want to rush through this season in favor of the Christmas season. And, sometimes I get a little burnt out on the Christmas hype before we even get to Christmas Eve. I want our children to remember that Christmas is a time to celebrate Christ’s birth and should be a season of giving, not of making wish lists a mile long. So to be mindful of how we celebrate Christmas, I like to wait until after Thanksgiving.
With that said, I did make one exception this year. I mixed my fall pumpkin spice scent with sparkling spruce. It was actually a lovely combination. But it soon gave way to just the pine scent. I love pine, apple, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg all mixed together. That is THE smell of Christmas for me. I so enjoyed my fall baking to the scent of spruce.
Since I was enjoying the pine scent so much, I decided it would be okay to bring out the gingerbread playhouse. On a last minute whim, I invited a family over for pizza and movie night. The house totally wasn’t ready for guests, but I knew that this mama needed a night with friends. So, I plugged in the gingerbread playhouse in the playroom where we would spend most of our time and tidied what I could in the midst of two doctor’s appointments and making pizza from scratch. I definitely felt like the house was much more inviting because of the aroma of pizza warm from the oven and gingerbread sweetness from the playroom. And it truly was a lovely evening.
This week, as the kids and I were making our final trip through the grocery store in preparation for Thanksgiving, we couldn’t help but stop at the air care aisle to smell all the different scents available. It was right there on display at the end of the aisle. So hard to walk past without smelling all the varieties. The kids seriously wanted one of everything! My top favorites were hot chocolate and mint and merry citrus melody.
I haven’t always been a scent lover, but I’m beginning more and more to appreciate the value that these sweet scents have added to my life. I feel more energized in getting chores done around the house. I feel more at ease when I sit down to enjoy a book or a game with the kids. And I’m definitely less worried when we spontaneously invite an extra 5 people to join us for the evening! Who knew so much good could come when the house #SmellsClean?
What smells like the holidays for you?
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